Phuket is a large island and is divided into several cities and towns. Being an island, beaches are the most popular tourist attractions here. However, there are more than just beaches here that tourists may want to check out.
Historical landmarks tell a bit about the story of Phuket and one very important landmark here is the Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand.
The Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand is located at the roundabout of Tha Rua Square, Amphoe Thalang, Thalang Town.
The Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand will be hard to miss as this is situated in the center of one the biggest roundabouts in the island. Public transportation is via the songthaew.
This is a type of pick – up truck and this travels through major cities and streets in the island. You can get on and get off at any point in the island so just before reaching Phuket Town, you can get off at the roundabout to view the monument.
What to See and Do
It is advised that prior to visiting the Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand tourists first learn about the history of the two statues standing side by side one another on this monument.
This way, you will see the historical significance of statues. The statues are life – size and stand on a decorated plinth.
Visiting the monument may only take a few minutes but viewing this is of particular importance for those who wish to learn about the history of the island.
To commemorate the heroism of the sisters depicted in the monument, an annual celebration takes place every 13th of March.
The Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand was built by the locals in honor of sisters, Khun Ying Jan and Mook who led an army of women during the Burmese Invasion.
It is said that the two sisters and a group of other local women put on military garb and pretended to be an army troop marching down the streets to face the Burmese military.
The Burmese, seeing the number of the troops decided to withdraw and retreat; thus ended the Burmese Invasion in the year 1785, on the 13th of March.
King Rama I bestowed upon the two sisters a title of nobility. The sisters then became known as Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sri Soontorn.
There is no cost to view the Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand. A songthaew ride generally costs about 20 to 30 baht.
Close to the Two Heroines Monument in Phuket – Thailand is the Thalang National Museum. Here, you can learn more about the history of the sisters.