??Royal Ratchaphruek Garden (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
A visit to the Royal Ratchaphruek Garden in Chiang?? Mai in 2006 was a milestone for me and SingaporeSights . It was??my first fam trip??with TAT (Singapore)?? and it was a pleasure to mee?? Dr Suvit Yodmani,ex-Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, Governor??of Tourism Authority of Thailand??and Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailandat the??opening ceremony of Chiang Mai & North Travel Show .
The present garden??was??the former??160-acre ??complex site of the Royal Flora Expo 2006 organised to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne and takes its name from the Royal Flora.
The Royal Pavilion from the above photo is the symbol of Ratchphruek Garden. Based on Lanna architecture, it has multi-tiered roofs glided in the ancient style. Inside is a showchase of paintings depicting His Majesty’s efforts to improve the quality of life for Thai people. The Pavilion also houses the Tree of Ten Kingly Virtues, composed of layered orbs of gold Bhodi leaves representing the shade of protection H.M. the King provides.
One of the highlights of the garden is the International Gardens. As many as 33 countries , including China, South Africa and Bhutan??created their own garden landscape display. Others include Corporate Gardens , an Indoor and Outdoor Exhibition and the Rare Plants exhibition with a unique collection of rare plants liked Royal Palm and Coco de Mer which the fruit takes several years to mature.
Africa??Landscape – Royal Flora Expo 2006
The garden has now become an important research centre and eco-tourism attraction for the locals and visitors from abroad.
Royal Flora Expo 2006 (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Royal Agricultural Research Centre
Mae Hia Sub-district, Muang District,
Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 5311 4110-5
Fax: +66 (0) 5311 4116
Open: Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Monday)
Time: 10.00 – 18.00hrs.
Tram service avaiable: Adult 20 Baht, Chidren 10 Baht
From Left: William (TAT Singapore), “Pinky”, Judy, Ms. Eumporn Jiragalwisul (Assistant Executive Director East Asia Region), Leo, Christine and Rose