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Lop Buri

Prang Sam Yod Temple

This massive stone sanctuary was founded as a Hindu sanctuary in the thirteenth century by the Khmer King who also built many of Angkor Wat's most famous temples and palaces. Like most of the temples at Angkor, Prang Sam Yod was originally a Hindu temple, with the three stone towers (prangs) representing the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Visnu and Siva. The Thais later converted the shrine to a Buddhist temple when the neighboring kingdom of Ayutthaya rose to power.

While imposing, the temple itself is not particularly elegant or interesting. Most visitors to come to see the large
troupe of monkeys that now occupies the temple, rather than the building itself. The small long tailed
monkeys rule the grounds of the temple, growing fat on the handouts of visitors.

Article from Thai PBS - March 2018

Lop Buri provincial livestock officials are preparing to inoculate more than 3,000 crab-eating macaques in the province with anti-rabies vaccine on March 26-29.

Mr Charoon Chukiatwattana, the livestock chief and a veterinarian, said Tuesday (March 13) that the 3,000 plus macaques were living at and around Phra Karn shrine and Phra Prang Sam Yod in Muang district.

The vaccination was intended to prevent the spread of rabies among the animals and possible spread of the disease to humans, he said, adding that, so far, officials concerned have not found any serious communicable diseases among the monkeys such as ebola or tuberculosis although some were inflected with skin diseases.

Although no rabies cases have been reported in Lop Buri, Mr Charoon said livestock officials had been sent to various communities in the province to give free anti-rabies vaccination to many stray cats and dogs – most of scattering in temples.

As a precautionary measure, he urged owners of cats and dogs to being them for vaccination against rabies or to report to livestock officials if they found any of their pet animals showing symptoms of rabies infection.

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