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The Khmer temple, Phra Prang Sam Yod is located in the city of Lopburi - a city that dates back over 1000 years. The prang is now best known for and home to hundreds of crab-eating macaques (aka long-tailed macaque).
Phra Prang Sam Yod was a former Hindu shrine. The three towers signified the Hindu Trinity of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Later the shrine was converted to a Buddhist temple during the reign of King Narai the Great in the mid 1600’s.
In front of the center prang sits this Buddha - you guessed, covered in monkeys!
We entered one of the prangs through a grated door - safe from the reach of the monkeys outside. The monkeys do not enter the prangs. Inside was a seated Buddha statue from the Sukhothai era and various other remnants of Buddha images as well as a Ganesh statue.