Lop Buri was an ancient Khmer capital dating from the 10th century.
Today, it is a modern garrison town and provincial capital 153 kilometers
north of Bangkok.
Several note worthy Khmer-style monuments attest to Lop Buriís antiquity,
and the Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, constructed during the mid-1600s
by the Ayutthayan monarch Narai the Great (reign: 1656-1688) combines
both Thai and western-style architecture, indicating French influences
prevailing during that time.