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Lopburi province

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Capital:Lopburi[?]
Area:6,199.8 km²
Ranked 37th
Inhabitants:743,033 (2001)
Ranked 30th
Pop. density:120 inh./km²
Ranked 38th
ISO 3166-2:TH-16
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Lopburi (Thai ลพบุรี) is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi[?], Ayutthaya[?], Ang Thong[?], Sing Buri[?] and Nakhon Sawan.

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Geography Lopburi is located on the east side of the Chao Phraya river valley.

History Lopburi probably dates back to prehistoric times. During the Dvaravati period (6th to 11th century) it was called Lavo. The Khmer erased the traces of the previous rulers, and built many impressive temples. In the 13th century it became part of the Thai kingdom Sukhothai and later Ayutthaya[?]. King Narai[?] of Ayutthaya made Lopburi the second capital of the country in middle of the 17th century as Ayutthaya was threatened by the Dutch.

Symbols

The provincial seal shows King Narai[?] in front of the Khmer temple Phra Prang Sam Yod. The provincial tree as well as the provincial flower is the Bullet Wood[?] (Mimusops elengi[?]).

Administrative divisions

Amphoe
(districts)
  1. Muang Lopburi
  2. Phattana Nikhom
  3. Khok Samrong
  4. Chai Badan
  5. Tha Wung
  6. Ban Mi
  1. Tha Luang
  2. Sa Bot
  3. Khok Charoen
  4. Lam Sonthi
  5. Nong Muang

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