The Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument is a statue on Khao Noi Hill a short distance from the mermaid statue on Samila Beach in Songhla, Southern Thailand.
The Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument is free to visit and open all hours. The statue and the surrounding area is a popular place for visitors around sunset when the weather is cooler.
About the Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument
Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet was Prince of Thailand who served as Governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Viceroy of Southern Thailand from 1910 to 1926. Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet is famed for his skillful handing of relations with foreign powers such as the British Empire who were believed to be seeking to assimilate territory in the South of Thailand into the British controlled part of the Malay Peninsular.
Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet took over control of the region under the reforms of Prince Damrong Rajanubhab who was seeking to reform and centralise the way the Kingdom was managed. For a long time previously Songkhla had been under the control of the powerful Na Songkhla family, successive generations of which had inherited the position of Governor.
To reach the Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument you need to cross over the road from near to the mermaid statue on Samila Beach and follow the road up Khao Noi Hill. The statue is at the top of the hill.
The path up to the Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument is normally occupied by a large group of macaque monkeys. The monkeys are not aggressive and ignore people walking past, except of course if they have food which the monkeys can see or smell. As you walk up the hill you get great views to the north over Samila Beach and the two small islands of Koh Nuu and Ko Maeow in the bay.
The Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument is located in the centre of a very pretty and well maintained ornamental garden. Around the statue is a paved area from which you also get great views to the south over Songkhla Town and east toward Tangkuan Hill, which has a palace built by Prince Lopburi Ramet on the summit.
Location of the Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument
The Krom Luang Lopburi Ramet Monument is located 4.6 km from Songkhla Bus Terminal.