Surin, Thailand

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Surin
สุรินทร์
Town
เทศบาลเมืองสุรินทร์
The Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang
The Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang
Official seal of Surin
Seal
Surin is located in Thailand
Surin
Surin
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 14°53′6″N 103°29′16.8″E / 14.88500°N 103.488000°E / 14.88500; 103.488000
Country Thailand
Province Surin
District Mueang Surin
Government
 • Mayor Wattaning Tangteewisit
Area
 • Total 11.39 km2 (4.40 sq mi)
Elevation 150 m (490 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 41,582
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Area code (+66) 44
Website www.mosurin.go.th

Surin (Thai: สุรินทร์, pronounced [sù.rīn]) is a town in Thailand, capital of Surin province, 431 km east-northeast of Bangkok. It is the site of the annual Surin Elephant Round-up. In 2000, Surin had a population of 41,582.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The first part of the name Sur- originates from the Sanskrit word Sura (Devanagari: सुर) meaning "God" (cf. Asura), and the second part -in(thara) from Sanskrit is "Indra" (Devanagari: इन्द्र). Hence the name of the province literally means Lord Indra.

Geography[edit]

In the north of the province is the valley of the Mun river, a tributary of the Mekong. To the south of the province is the Dongrek mountain chain, which also forms the boundary to Cambodia. The central and northern parts of the province are undulating flood plains.

Climate[edit]

Surin has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). Winters are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is hot with the average daily maximum at 35.9 °C (96.6 °F). The monsoon season runs from late April through early October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.

Climate data for Surin (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.0
(98.6)
38.9
(102)
40.4
(104.7)
41.6
(106.9)
39.5
(103.1)
38.0
(100.4)
38.2
(100.8)
36.9
(98.4)
35.7
(96.3)
35.1
(95.2)
36.0
(96.8)
34.8
(94.6)
41.6
(106.9)
Average high °C (°F) 31.2
(88.2)
33.5
(92.3)
35.4
(95.7)
36.0
(96.8)
34.5
(94.1)
33.4
(92.1)
32.7
(90.9)
32.2
(90)
31.7
(89.1)
31.1
(88)
30.8
(87.4)
30.0
(86)
32.7
(90.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
26.6
(79.9)
28.7
(83.7)
29.8
(85.6)
28.8
(83.8)
28.3
(82.9)
27.9
(82.2)
27.6
(81.7)
27.3
(81.1)
26.7
(80.1)
25.3
(77.5)
23.6
(74.5)
27.1
(80.8)
Average low °C (°F) 18.1
(64.6)
20.6
(69.1)
23.0
(73.4)
24.9
(76.8)
24.9
(76.8)
24.9
(76.8)
24.6
(76.3)
24.4
(75.9)
24.2
(75.6)
23.3
(73.9)
20.8
(69.4)
18.1
(64.6)
22.7
(72.9)
Record low °C (°F) 9.4
(48.9)
11.6
(52.9)
12.0
(53.6)
18.8
(65.8)
21.3
(70.3)
21.5
(70.7)
21.0
(69.8)
21.0
(69.8)
20.8
(69.4)
16.5
(61.7)
13.3
(55.9)
8.3
(46.9)
8.3
(46.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 5.6
(0.22)
11.5
(0.453)
45.6
(1.795)
93.3
(3.673)
179.8
(7.079)
204.7
(8.059)
221.3
(8.713)
256.2
(10.087)
255.4
(10.055)
128.2
(5.047)
28.7
(1.13)
1.9
(0.075)
1,432.2
(56.386)
Average rainy days 0.8 2.2 4.0 8.2 16.0 16.3 18.0 19.7 18.3 12.0 3.8 0.6 119.9
Average relative humidity (%) 65 63 63 67 76 79 80 82 84 81 73 68 73
Mean monthly sunshine hours 263.5 245.8 238.7 204.0 155.0 153.0 117.8 117.8 144.0 182.9 219.0 260.4 2,301.9
Mean daily sunshine hours 8.5 8.7 7.7 6.8 5.0 5.1 3.8 3.8 4.8 5.9 7.3 8.4 6.3
Source #1: Thai Meteorological Department[2]
Source #2: Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department (sun and humidity)[3]

History[edit]

Prehistory[edit]

The earliest settlers in this region were hunter-gatherers. The Neolithic, with the introduction of agriculture, dates from 2,500 to 1,500 years BCE. The Bronze Age dates from 1,500-500 BCE, and the Iron Age from 500 BCE to 500 CE. It is in the Iron Age that the first evidence of human settlement emerges in the province, with approximately sixty known Iron Age sites.

Historical period[edit]

The earliest known historical period is the Dvaravati. This was an Indian-based culture, which diffused through the north-east region of what is now Thailand. Evidence of this culture is found in Surin region dating to between the 7th to 11th centuries CE. It was in this period that Buddhism became the dominant religion of the region.

Following the Dvaravati period, the powerful Khmer Empire expanded its influence throughout what is now the southern Isan region of Thailand. This period covers the 7th to 13th centuries CE. Surin was an important part of the ancient Khmer empire. Temple ruins and a substantial ethnic Khmer minority remain part of Surin. Khmer stone inscriptions date from c. 600 CE. Over the next several centuries a growing number of Khmer sites were constructed in the province, most notably Prasat Sikhoraphum. These sites would have formed part of the network of Khmer infrastructure centred on Prasat Phanom Rung.

With the collapse of the Khmer empire in the 13th century Surin province faded from history. It is in the 18th century that it re-emerges. At this time a Kuay local leader named Chiangpum became the royally appointed ruler of the region. According to legend he presented a rare white elephant to the Chao Phaya Chakri, future King Rama I. In gratitude, Chiangpum was awarded the royal title Luang Surin Phakdi and appointed the village headman. When Rama I became the Thai monarch, he appointed Luang Surin Phakdi as the province's governor. In 1763 the village was moved to the location of the modern city of Surin, and was upgraded to a city with the name Muang Prathai Saman. There is a local legend that this move was due to better water supplies at the new site. Also, that the original location of the town was at Muang Thi, approximately fifteen kilometres to the east of the modern city. In 1786, the city's name was changed to Surin in honor of its governor.

The province slowly grew in population, there was a continual influx of people from surrounding areas, principally Cambodia (part of what is now western Cambodia was ruled by Bangkok at this time), however Surin was largely self-sufficient, and somewhat isolated. This changed with the advent of the railroad in 1922. Surin and its economy was exposed to the wider world. Chinese and Indian merchants settled, manufacturing increased, and Surin joined the modern world.

Tourism[edit]

City Pillar Shrine

The Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang (Pum). อนุสาวรีย์พระยาสุรินทรภักดีศรีณรงค์จางวาง (ปุม). This is a statue of Surin's traditional founder and first mayor, Phaya Surin. The black, brass statue is 2.2 metres high, and was dedicated in 1968. The statue is located at the southern entrance to the city, at what is now a major traffic round-about, but was in the past, the inner wall of the city. Pum stands on a high plinth, and is depicted holding a curve-blade pike in his right hand. This is a traditional device used to control an elephant. The pike reflects his legendary skill in controlling war elephants, and recognises the important of the role of elephants in both the history and economy of Surin.

Wat Burapharam

Wat Burapharam. วัดบูรพาราม. This ancient Buddhist temple was built by Surin's first mayor Phaya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang. The wat houses a Buddha image of Luang Pho Phra Chi, which was built at the same time as the temple.

Huai Saneng. ห้วยเสนง. Huai Saneng Reservoir has a high and steep crest. Its southern area has a rich display of water lilies and flocks of birds. The palace of Mother Princess is located in the headquarters of Phanom Sawai Forest Park. วนอุทยานพนมสวาย. The park has a hill with three peaks. The first peak, Yot Khao Chai, or the Man Peak, is where Wat Phanom Sawai is located. The second peak, Yot Khao Ying, or the Lady Peak, houses a medium-size Buddha image. The third peak, Yot Khao Kok, houses an octagon pavilion.

Festivals[edit]

Surin Jasmine Rice and Silk Cloth Fair. งานวันข้าวหอมมะลิอินทรีย์และมหกรรมผ้าไหมสุรินทร์. Held every January, the Fair features contests of agricultural products, silk cloth, and presentations from governmental institutions.

Thai Elephant Day. (งานวันช้างไทย). A light and sound show which describes the legends of Thai elephants. Held annually in the second week of November.

Ascending Phanom Sawai Mountain Festival. งานประเพณีขึ้นเขาพนมสวาย. This annual festival is a parade of traditional art and culture to Phanom Sawai mountain, in order to pay respect to Phra Yai, the intimate Buddha’s footprint, Luang Phu Dun, and Wat Phanom Silaram. This festival is held in March.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thailand: Regions, Major Cities & Municipalities". CityPopulation.de. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Climatological Data for the Period 1981–2010". Thai Meteorological Department. p. 13. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "ปริมาณการใช้น้ำของพืชอ้างอิงโดยวิธีของ Penman Monteith (Reference Crop Evapotranspiration by Penman Monteith)" (PDF) (in Thai). Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department. p. 62. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Surin travel guide from Wikivoyage