Ubon Ratchathani

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Ubon Ratchathani  Information:

... is one of the four major cities of Isan,(Khorat/Nakhon Ratchasima,

Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Khon Kaen), also known as

the "big four of Isan".  The city is on the Mun River in the south-east

of the Isan region of Thailand.

It is known as Ubon for short. The name means "Royal Lotus City".


Ubon grew extensively during World War II when

Japanese forces brought in  prisoners of war by rail from Kanchanaburi.

One legacy of this is a monument in the city's central

Thung Si Meuang Park  erected by British prisoners of war

in gratitude to the citizens of Ubon  for assisting them.

During the Vietnam war, United States armed forces constructed

the in-town ´Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base´,

which is now also a dual-use commercial airport.


"Ubon" is best known for its annual Candle Festival, held in July

to mark  the beginning of the rainy season retreat for Buddhists,

Wan Khao Phansa, also called Buddhist Lent.


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