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Lop Buri  is one of the central provinces ( Changwat ) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri and Nakhon Sawan.

Lop Buri is located on the east side of the Chao Phraya river valley, between the Lopburi River and Pa Sak Rivers. 30% of the area of the province, including most of Tha Wung district, the southwestern parts of Mueang Lopburi and Ban Mi districts are a very low alluvial plain. The rest 70% is intermixed between plains and hills, with the Phetchabun Mountains form the eastern boundary of the province towards the Korat Plateau.


Known as Lawo during most of its history, Lopburi probably dates back to prehistoric times. During the Dvaravati period ( 6th to 11th century ) it was called Lavo. There, the Khmer built many impressive temples. Lopburi might even have liberated itself from the Khmer ruler ship at least temporarily, as it sent independent embassies to China twice in 1115 and 1155. In 1289 it sent an embassy again, but then soon became associated with the Thai kingdom Sukhothai and later Ayutthaya.

In Ayutthaya period, King Ramathibodi I sent Phra Ramesuan ( later King Ramesuan ) who positioned Uparaja to reign Lopburi. In 1665 King Narai the Great ordered to build the new palace on the east bank of the Lopburi River and made Lopburi the second capital of the country in middle of the 17th century as Ayutthaya was threatened by the Dutch. After the king reign, the city was nearly empty and less important.


The city was enriched again when King Mongkut of Rattanakosin renovated the King Narai Palace in 1856. And in 1938 Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram started his plan to re - landscape and set Lop Buri as the biggest military base of Thailand

The provincial seal shows Vishnu in front of the Khmer temple Phra Prang Sam Yod. The provincial tree as well as the provincial flower is the Bullet Wood ( Mimusops elengi ).

The slogan of the province is National Treasures of King Narai’s Palace and Phra Kan Shrine, Famous Prang Sam Yot, City of Din So Phong Marl, well-known Pa Sak Jolasid Dam and Golden Land of King Narai the Great.

Administrative districts:-

The province is subdivided into 11 districts ( Amphoe ). The districts are further subdivided into 124 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 1110 villages ( Muban ).

1. Mueang Lop Buri   2. Phatthana Nikhom   3. Khok Samrong   4. Chai Badan   5. Tha Wung   

6. Ban Mi   7. Tha Luang   8. Sa Bot   9. Khok Charoen  10. Lam Sonthi  11. Nong Muang


Lopburi Province Page 1, The Geography and History of the Province
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