Find out why Korat is called Korat!

Most visitors of Nakhon Ratchasima will simply refer to it as Korat. Much easier and it rolls of the tongue well too, but how many people can put their hand up when asked where the abbreviation comes from?

Like everything else on the internet, this may be urban legend, but here's what I have managed to find out...

Sung Noen district, which lies 32 km west of Nakhon Ratchasima, used to be the site of two ancient towns called Sema and Khorakhapura. The latter name was shortened to Nakhon Raj. Since the final 'n' in Nakhon is actually spelled using the letter 'r' in Thai, the removal of the first 2 letters 'Na' leaves us with 'khor Raj'. Thai pronounciation will not allow for a word to end with a 'j' or 'ch' sound, instead reverting to a 't'. Hence 'khor Raj.' becomes 'Khorat' or 'Korat'. Tenuous, but we'll take it for now.

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