Thao Suranari Memorial Fair: 23 March – 3 April 2016

Thao Suranari

Date: 23 March – 3 April, 2016
Venue: Areas near the Suranaree Monument in front of Nakhon Ratchasima’s City Hall

Nakhon Ratchasima will be organising the province’s annual celebration to commemorate the victory of Thao Suranaree or Ya Mo from 23 March – 3 April, 2016.

The event this year will begin with the ceremonial lighting of an opening flame. This will be followed by a colourful cultural procession, during which dances will be performed to pay homage to Thao Suranaree, whose clever ruses helped fight off the armies of Lao King, Anouvong when he invaded Siam in 1826. After the parades, there will be firework displays held at the city’s four ancient gates followed by a solemn ceremony to pay respects to this powerful queen at the Suranaree Monument.

There will be a great deal to see throughout the course of the 12-day event, with activities such as a Ya Mo sports competition, beauty contests and singing competition, silk making and drawing competitions, cat shows and cultural performances, exhibitions and concerts from well-known artists. In addition, there will be a mock-up of an ancient market, which is sure to fascinate lovers of history, as well as more modern stalls selling One-Tambon-One-Product (OTOP) goods. And, for visitors not familiar with the story of Ya Mo, there will be a spectacular light and sound presentation that will bring her fascinating tale to life.

The The Thao Suranaree (Ya Mo) festival is the biggest event in Nakhon Ratchasima’s calendar and is free to everyone who wants to join.

Map showing location of  Suranaree Monument:

GPS Coordinates: 14.974677, 102.098165

For more information, contact:
TAT Nakhon Ratchasima Office
Tel. +66 (0) 4421 3666

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