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
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 Coordinates: 14°58.5′N 102°6′E. As of August 16, 2010,the municipal area has a population of 142,645.
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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.
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