Suranari Hall

Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

This little white building is a sort of museum to local heroine Thao Suranari, with a cool diorama and an even cooler sculpted mural of the famous battle in which legend says Thao Suranari convinced the town's women to seduce the Lao soldiers and then the Thai men launched a surprise attack, saving the city.

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Nearby Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) attractions

1. Thao Suranari Monument

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Thao Suranari, wife of the assistant governor during Rama III's reign, is something of a Wonder Woman in these parts. Ya Mo (Grandma Mo), as she’s…

2. Chumphon Gate

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The city's only original gate left standing. It was a part of the city walls erected in 1656 by French technicians on the orders of King Narai (Ayuthaya)…

3. Wat Phayap

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When the abbot of Wat Phayap learned that blasting for a quarry in Saraburi Province was destroying a beautiful cave, he rescued pieces of it and…

4. Maha Viravong National Museum

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Though the collection at this seldom-visited museum is very small, it's very good. There's prehistoric pottery (don't miss sneaking a peek at what's…

5. Chang Phueak Shrine


The wooden pillar at the centre of this small shrine was once used for tying up sacred 'white' elephants that passed though Khorat on their way to be…

6. Pratu Phonsaen

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An ornamental city gate built in the location of the original northern gate.

7. San Jao Lak Meuang

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Khorat's city pillar shrine is pretty ordinary, but it has a large Dan Kwian (a nearby pottery village) ceramic mural on the wall beside it. It shows…

8. Wat Phra Narai Maharat

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This large temple is of interest primarily for three holy Khmer sandstone sculptures that were unearthed here – Vishnu (Phra Narai in Thai) is the holiest…