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Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Ratchasima
Built in 1934 and located in the center of the town, Thao Suranari Monument is a memorial statue to the Thai heroine named by locals ‘Ya Mo’. Originally, Thao Suranari was Khunying Mo, the wife of the assistant governor of Nakhon Ratchasima. In 1826, Chao Anuwong of Vientiane seized Khorat and Khunying Mo rallied villagers to fight against Chao Anuwong’s troop. After the victorious battle, King Rama III promoted her to Thao Suranari. So the statue is built to honor her warrior deed. Every year, during 23 March to 3 April, there will be a festival to remind people of her bravery, locals will sing Khorat songs and other traditional folk music to celebrate, and lots of people from all over the country will visit the monument, pay homage and ask for blessings.
Thao Suranari’s monument is made of black copper. It is 1.85 meters high and is dressed in regalia in a standing posture. The right hand holds a sword and the statue faces west towards the capital of Bangkok. The monument base holds her ashes.
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