Sites & cities that bear the name of Mueang Lopburi

Mueang Lopburi

Today in : Thailand
First trace of activity : ca. 15th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : เมืองลพบุรี, Lavo, Lava Pura

Description : Mueang Lopburi (Thai: เมืองลพบุรี, RTGS: mueang lopburi) is the capital district (amphoe mueang) of Lopburi Province, central Thailand. Lopburi is an ancient city. In the Khmer era, it was Lavo or Lava Pura, the important city of the eastern part of the Chao Phraya River valley. In the Ayuthaya kingdom, it was a northeastern frontier city. The glorious period of Lopburi was during the reign of King Narai the Great. He stayed in his palace eight to nine months a year, making Lopburi the second capital of the kingdom. After his reign, the city was nearly deserted, only to be enriched again when King Mongkut visited and renovated King Narai's Palace. Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram set up Lopburi as the military center of Thailand. He reformed Lopburi city, with its modern center located about 4 km east from the historical center. His predominant building style, Art Deco shows along Narai Maharat Road.

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