This video is about one of the most loved monuments in Phuket. It honors two brave women, Lady Chan and Lady Mook who fought for the island, leading it’s people (including many other women) to victory over a Burmese invasion force in 1785.
The Two Heroines Monument at the traffic roundabout on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang is a beloved landmark to the people of Phuket. The monument is dedicated to the Lady Chan and Lady Mook, who led the people of Phuket against a Burmese invasion in 1785.
Though most of the men were away fighting, brave Lady Chan and Lady Mook led the locals, of whom many were women, to battle and defeat the Burmese intruders. After defeating the Burmese, the ladies were given the honorary titles of Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sri Sunthorn by King Rama I.
There is a small shrine at the base of the monument where people come to pay respect to Chan and Mook.
Visitors usually bring along garlands made from marigold flowers, incense sticks and gold leaf to be placed on the smaller version of the statues. Many Thai visitors stop here before entering the city, especially on their first visit.
And Phuket locals traditionally to come and say goodbye here as well, asking for the heroines to help protect them from bad things before leaving the island.
If you do visit The Two Heroines, please note that there is no crosswalk or signal to get across the busy traffic circle. Use caution, or even better, ask a police officer to help you, they are usually around.