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Phuket Heroines Monument

More than two centuries ago, the Burmese tried to invade Thailand and two brave sisters, Lady Chan and Lady Mook led their village, among which there were many women, and they fought back the invaders. The story became a legend, and still nowadays, Thai people consider these two brave women as a kind of eastern Joan of Arc, and many women have been inspired by their energy and fierceness. In fact, at the bottom of the monument, there’s also a little shrine in which Thai people put little gifts and garlands as a tribute to the sisters.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visiting the Phuket Heroines Monument will give you the possibility to learn more about the history of the country, which contains many fascinating stories.
  • The two sisters are still an inspiration for many women – and men – of the island. That’s why a part from the monument, there’s also a little shrine at the Phuket Heroines Monument.
  • If you are visiting Phuket in March, you can attend the annual Phuket Heroines Festival, in which, the people from the area, reenact the tragedy of the war.
  • The Phuket Heroines Monument is located in the centre of a roundabout, so it’s better to avoid the rush hour in order to properly visit it.
  • Locals ask for help and protection while visiting the monument, especially when they have to leave the island. You can do the same, and buy some garlands or golden leaves in the nearby shop.

More about Phuket Heroines Monument

It was the 1785 and the Burmese tried to invade Thailand. In the Phuket Island, they found and fought against a fierce resistance led by two women: Lady Chan and Lady Mook. The first one was the widow of the former governor of Thalang and the second her younger sister. They smartly led the village population against the invaders, and they won the battle. When the war ended, King Rama I decided to give the two brave heroines the honorary titles of Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sri Sunthorn. Anyway, it was only during the 20th century that the idea of a monument to remember the two sisters came to the minds of the King and his counselors. After some years, the monument was finally built under King Rama IX and it was revealed to the public on May 1967, on the road to Thalang from Phuket City. People from the area come here to the monument to pay respect to the sisters that freed the island and they seek for advice and help. Tourists as well can come to visit the Phuket Heroines Monument and honour the sisters’ memory.