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Gallery: Lopburi’s annual monkey feast sparks a feeding frenzy
As tradition dictates, the macaque-infested Thai town laid out thousands of kilos of treats for the hungry little creatures to devour
Lopburi's world-famous "monkey buffet" took place on Sunday, allowing hundreds of long-tailed macaques to gorge on over 4,000 kilograms of goodies.
The popular event takes place every year in Lopburi, 150 kilometers north of Bangkok. The town is famous for the small but feisty -- and sometimes downright vicious -- long-tailed macaques that live amongst its ancient temples. Every year on the last Sunday of November, these monkeys are offered a huge selection of fruits, vegetables and other treats like soda.
The Thai version of the Ramayana legend claims that Rama created the ancient city of Lopburi with the help of his friend Hanuman the Monkey King. Many of Lopburi’s residents consider the macaques descendants of Hanuman, hence this monkey feast is held in their honor -- and to promote tourism, of course, as thousands of people come to the town every year to check it out in person.
You can get to Lopburi by car, bus or train from Bangkok.
Here are a few highlights of this year's monkey buffet.