Monkey Buffet Festival

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Monkey Buffet at Lopburi

The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Lopburi, Thailand.[1] In 2007, the festival included giving fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population of 2,000 in Lopburi Province north of Bangkok.[2]

The festival was described as one of the strangest festivals by London's Guardian newspaper along with Spain's baby-jumping festival.[3] A photograph from the Monkey Buffet Festival at Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi Province shows a monkey trying to get at fresh fruits and vegetables embedded in blocks of ice.[4]


  1. ^ "Tourism festival extremely fruitful for monkeys". New Straits Times. 1999-11-29. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Monkey Business". The Star. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ Turner, Lyndsey (2008-06-24). "From Glastonbury to tomato pelting: the festival season offers a chance to look at cultural pursuits". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ Sukree Sukplang photograph Reuters