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Self-guided Tour: Thao Suranaree Monument (Ya Mo) | Lady Mo – Khorat


Khorat, Nakhon Ratchasima (Thai: นครราชสีมา); Pronounced [náʔkʰɔːn râːt.tɕʰa.sǐː.maː]) or Khmer: Nokor Reach Seyma

is a city (thesaban nakhon) in the northeast (Isan) region of Thailand. The city is also commonly known as Korat (RTGS Khorat, โคราช), a short version of the full name. It is the capital of the Nakhon Ratchasima Province and Nakhon Ratchasima district. Nakhon Ratchasima is also the center of the Nakhon Ratchasima Metropolitan Area. Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakhon_Ratchasima

Prior to the fourteenth century, the area of Nakhon Ratchasima was under the Khmer empire suzerainty and known in Khmer as Nokor Reach Seyma / Nokor Reach Borei, and Koreach, while Phimai to the north was probably more important. King Narai of Ayutthaya in the 17th century, ordered a new city built on the site to serve as a stronghold on Ayutthaya's northeastern frontier. Nakhon Ratchasima was thereater mentioned in Siamese chronicles and legal documents as a 'second - class' city of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. A royal governor ruled the city in a hereditary position.

The ‘Ya Mo Entrance Gate’ at the junction of Ratchadamnoen Rd and Hwy 224

It is located at the western edge of the Khorat Plateau and historically marked the boundary between the Lao and Siamese territory, however now is considered a gateway to the Northeast (Isan). Its geographical location is 14°58.5′N 102°6′E Coordinates14°58.5′N 102°6′E. As of August 16, 2010,[1]the municipal area has a population of 142,645.

Driving directions to To: Forest of Peace @14.748116,102.097535 3D
ถนน จอมพล
1. Head east on ถนน จอมพล toward จักรี
78 m
2. Take the 1st left onto จักรี
600 m
3. Turn left onto Route 224
1.2 km
4. Continue onto ถนน มิตรภาพ/Route 2
4.6 km
5. Take the exit
45 m
6. Continue straight
750 m
7. Take the ramp
140 m
8. Continue straight
1.0 km
9. Slight left onto ถนน ราชสีมา-ปักธงชัย
22.1 km
10. Turn left onto Route 24
7.0 km
11. Turn left
1.4 km
12. Turn right
63 m
To: Forest of Peace @14.748116,102.097535

History of Lady Mo

Statue of Lady Mo in Khorat city centre.

Statue of Lady Mo in Khorat city centre.

Thao Suranaree, whose original name was Mo, was born in BE 2314. Her father’s name was Mr. Kim, her mother’s name was Mrs. Boonma. Thao Suranaree was a native of Nakhonratchasima by birth, and lived across from a temple in the heart of Nakhonratchasima (Wat Phranaraimaharat). In the year BE 2339, at age 25, Mo married Mr. Thongkham, of the provincial political affairs office. Subsequently Mr. Thongkham changed position to become the Nakhonratchasima city secretary of political affairs. It was a position considered to be equivalent to the rank of a noble. The people of Nakhonratchasima preferred to address him as —– but he —- and said to use “Phrayapalat.” The people called his wife Mo, then later Mae, and then finally Mae Mo. Currently she is called by the name Ya Mo, or Khun Ya, but the most popular name is Ya Mo.

Khun Ying Mo was a person of high intelligence. She also was an accomplished rider of both elephants and horses. Her favorite horse was black. Khun Ying Mo was a faithful follower of Buddhism, and liked taking her children and nephews and nieces to Wat Sakaew and Wat Isan regularly.

Thao Suranaree, whose original name was Mo, was born in BE 2314.

Thao Suranaree, whose original name was Mo, was born in BE 2314.

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Thao Suranari (Thai ท้าวสุรนารี) is the royally bestowed title of Lady Mo, (also known as Ya Mo (ย่าโม, 'Grandma Mo') (1771–18521

Thao Suranari (Thai ท้าวสุรนารี) is the royally bestowed title of Lady Mo, (also known as Ya Mo (ย่าโม, ‘Grandma Mo’) (1771–18521

 

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