Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wat Sala Loi

  Wat Sala Loi is to the northeast of the city, 500 meters from Rop Mueang Road.       
    Lady Mo and her husband built the temple in 1827. The highlight is the convocation hall that was awarded the prize as the best avant-garde religious building from the Siam Architects Society in 1973. 
         The hall is in an applied Thai style in the shape of a junk riding the waves. Local Dan Kwian clay tiles were used to decorate the building to tell the life of Lord Buddha. The door is made of metal with raised designs of the Buddhist tale. The hall houses a large standing white Buddha image. In front of the door is a plaster sculpture of Lady Mo sitting praying in the middle of a pond. Besides the building is a small pagoda that formerly housed the ashes of Lady Mo. A glass wall in the shape of heart-shaped temple boundary markers surrounds the hall.

          This video I made it when I’m work and I think it’s ok for you. Because you will see many thing around Wat Sala Loi.  J  And if you want to know more about it I can tell you. Let’s ask me about Wat Sala Loi!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thao Suranari

          Thao Suranari also called Lady Mo or Ya Mo (Grandma Mo). She was the wife of the deputy governor of Nakhon Ratchasima. She is very important for the people in Korat. Because she is the leader who saved the city from the Vientiane King Anuvong's attack on Korat in 1826. Ya Mo and the people of Korat were captured by Lao troops, and while being transported back to Laos, Ya Mo allegedly told the army commander that the captive Thais would willingly be servants and slaves to the Lao conquerors.By this she supposedly meant that the Thais would entice soldiers with food, drinks and sex.       

      What she really meant was when soldiers were sleeping or relaxing then the Thais would kill them. That’s why the people of Korat believe that Ya Mo.
        A statue of Thao Suranari stands in the centre of Korat city, and it is a popular object of devotion, while a festival in her honors is held in the city at the end of March and the beginning of April each year.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

          Nakhon Ratchasima Province, also called Korat, is the largest province and the 2ndmost populous in Thailand. Korat is one of the North-Eastern Provinces of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, Lopburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi and Sa kaew.
          City of Korat itself is in Korat’s highlands. Lamtakong is an important reservoir of Korat.
          The city is has four gates, one for each cardinal direction. They are Choompon gate (West), Ponsaen gate (North or called Pratoo-Nam), Ponlan gate (East) and Chainarong gate (South or called Pratoo-Phee). Inside the city has 4 ponds. They are Keaw pond, Maew pond, Bua pond and Kwan pond.

          Around the city there are plains that have rice fields, orchards, vegetable gardens and other agriculture. In the south of the city is the military zone, Suranaree Camp (Army) and Fleet 1 (Air Force).

         Korat is the center of both road transport and rail transport for North-East Thailand. The main road is Mittrapab Road.