of Thao Suranari
Commonly dubbed as Khun Ying Mo or Ya Mo, Thao Suranari was a courageous
Thai woman, a wife of the Deputy Governor of Khorat during the reign
of King Rama III (1824 – 1851). She led the residents of Khorat in
a battle against the Laotian army headed by Prince Anuwong of Vientiane.
This much worshipped shrine was built in 1934 to honor her heroic
deeds that saved the people from being captured. There is an annual
celebration held from 23 March to 3 April to pay homage to the shrine
which is located at the Chumphon Gate on the west side of the city.
Offerings to Thao Suranari range from a miniature model of a bus to
colorful clothes. It is believed that through the offerings, Thao
Suranar’s spirit will protect the petitioner from danger and the bad