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Nakhon Ratchasima often shortened to Korat or Khorat is one of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.The capital of the province is The City of Nakhon Ratchasima located in Muang Nakhon Ratchasima District.

Archeological evidence has discovered that there were two ancient towns that later became named Sema and Nakhon Raj which currently are in Sung Noen district, 32 km  west of present-day Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). Probably, before the fourteenth century, the location of Nakhon Ratchasima was under the Khmer empire's sphere while another town to the north, Phimai, was likely more important.

From 1656-1688 King Narai of Ayutthaya Kingdom ordered a new Korat to be built, to guard Ayutthaya 's northeastern frontier. Nakhon Ratchasima from then on was mentioned in old Ayutthaya's chronicles and its legal documents as a second - class' city of the kingdom. Its governor was named and ruled the city as a dynasty Nakhon Ratchasima engaged directly in Ayutthaya's internal struggle.

From the beginning of Bangkok period, Nakhon Ratchasima became the kingdom's biggest north eastern frontier's stronghold, supervising the Kingdom's Laotian and Khmer vassals

The city was attacked by Anouvong, the King of Vientiane, in 1826 in an attempt to halt growing Siamese control of Laos. A prominent legendary figure at this time was Thao Suranaree, a local heroine who has been honoured with a statue in the centre of downtown Korat; she is credited with having saved the city from Anouvong's army.

The old, walled town of Korat east of the Thao Suranaree monument was designed and built by a French engineer who is believed to be the same one who built Naraimaharaj Palace in Lopburi.The French-based design is reflected in the city's moat system that surrounds the innermost of the city.

Nakhon Ratchasima continued to be the important, political and economic centre in the northeastern region even after the administrative reform in the late nineteenth century.

The first railroad to the northeastern region, Isan, arrived in early twentieth century. Nakhon Ratchasima then became the main junction of railway in the region.

In October 1933, after the 1932 Revolution ending the absolute monarchy, the city became the seat of the Boworadej Revolt, the abortive uprising against the new government in Bangkok.

During the Vietnam War, Nakhon Ratchasima was the home of U.S. bases.

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Nakhon Ratchasima, Issan, often called Korat