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The Kala Shrine is an old monument, probably originating from the 11th Century, although little of the original building is left over now. The building itself, as you will find it today, is nothing special. Nevertheless it is seen as a Holy place by the Lopburians. Regularly you will see dancers there, performing Classical Thai dances, more or less as you can see them at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
The big attraction of the place, however, are the monkeys, that are fed very well by the locals. Once a year they (the monkeys) get a large buffet, for which they have to pay nothing. You, as a spectator, have to pay an entrance fee, however, to see them eat on that day!
The pictures here were taken on just an ordinary day. As you will notice the food is abundant. People believe they make merit by feeding the monkeys. You can cross the nearby street with your eyes closed: A driver that would hurt one of these macaques would be doomed forever, so hardly anywhere in Thailand you will see such careful driving as in Lopburi near the Kala Shrine!
Two more pictures of the famous macaques of Lopburi. They seem to be happy there: Many babies and youngsters are among them. Travel guides say that there are around 1000 monkeys in Lopburi. Whatever the right number, by far the largest number can be found here and across the street at Prang Sam Yot.
Not far outside Lopburi, still in Lopburi province, is a Temple called Wat Yang Na Rang Si. The complete meaning is not clear to us, but the Thai word yang means rubber. And one of the objects you can't miss there is a 400 years-old rubber tree, as shown on the right hand side picture above. Somebody is standing near it. This will convince you of its huge size.
Another attraction of this Temple (Wat), hardly ever visited by tourists, is the boat museum. Above this text you see a few examples of the antique boats there. You can buy a small book with details about the boats at the Wat, but it is mainly in the Thai language.
Before you leave, do look up once more at the old wooden building of the Wat. The decoration is of a great beauty, like the decorations on many other Temples in Thailand, by the way.