Learn more about Korat City Gate

Korat is an historical city in northeast Thailand with a great past and an ambitious and exciting future. 

One of the most defining features of the city of Korat is the moat around the Old Town, which has 4 key gates on the north, south east and west bridges. I have heard in the past that the moat is sometimes referred to as a 'Chieng' (often incorrectly spelled 'Chiang' in my opinion - as in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai), though I cannot find suitable evidence anywhere online to claim this is a fact.

I can however show you some lovely pictures of the most famous gate into Korat, Chumpon Gate on the west side of town. It is the gate closest to Thao Suranaree Monument, situated about 15 metres behind her. Rumour has it that if a foreigner walks through the gate, they will stay in Korat for a long time.

The 3 other prominent gates of Korat are as follows:

Phon Saen Gate is on the northern moat on Prajak Road. Free haircuts are given on Fridays between 9:00am and 4:00pm by Ajarn Prayon and his crew.

Phon Lan Gate is on the west side of town next to Night Bazaar 2 and near Wat Bun on Chumpon Road.

Chainarong Gate (The Ghost Gate) is on the southern side of town near the Punjadara Hotel on Chainarong Road.

It was built in 1656, during the reign of King Narai. It is made of stone covered in plaster with a decorative wooden watchtower on top.

The photographs of Chumpon Gate on the right were taken in the following years; top - unknown, second from the top - 1890, third - 1934 and bottom - 2015. 

Paul Wicker


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