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Flora Festival @ Royal Park Rajapruek

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– Enjoy variety of flowers
– Music in the garden
– Thai culture show
– Thai herbal information

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 at Ratchaphruek Royal garden in Mae Hia sub-district

Ratchaphruek flower, also known as the Golden Shower Flower or Cassia Fistula Linn, is Thailand’s national flower. Ratchaphruek has ability to be grown almost anywhere in Thailand make it the country’s national symbol. Yellow, the color of its flowers, is significant to Thai people because it is an acknowledged color of Buddhism. It is also the color that represents Monday, when the day His Majesty the King of Thailand was born.

More importantly, the ability of the golden shower trees to bloom together at the same time from February to May is a reminder to the Thai people of their unity and identity.

Originally, the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek took place 1 November 2006 through 31 January 2007 at the Royal Agricultural Research Center(Royal Flora Ratchapruek park) in Mae Hia sub-district, Mueang district, Chiang Mai. It was one of the grand celebrations being hosted by the Royal Thai Government in honor of King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch.

The 92 days of the expo featured 30 international gardens reflecting nations such as Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada; more than 2.5 million trees of 2,200 species of tropical plants and flowers are presented to the world in this exhibition. The AIPH, the Association of International Horticultural Producers, gave this expo A1 status, its highest level; such an exhibition occurs only once a year throughout the world. In addition, a host country can only hold one such exhibition once a decade.

The floral park is divided into a handful of different areas, some of the highlights include the garden for the king. There were two features in this zone: one was International gardens, which were presented by 30 participating nations and covered 21,000 square meters. The Ho Kham Royal Pavilion is the centrepiece of the Expo. It is designed in the Lanna (Northern Thai) traditional style of architecture. The designs of the gold leaf paint it nearly blinding in the right sunlight. The sculptures of the Singha are ivory white and stand in all of their majesty on guard. As a structure, the pavilion is a stunning tribute to the King, though on the inside there is also respect paid to his accomplishments as leader of the Thais.

Thai Tropical Garden The enormous 100,000-square-meter garden showcased the diversity of tropical horticulture: fruit varieties, plants, flowers, herbs, and rare plants.

Expo Plaza was the focus of the exposition’s fun-filled activities, amenities, and services. Visitors were able to purchase local products from Chiang Mai such as handicrafts, paper umbrellas, and souvenirs and enjoying many type of Thai local food.

Cultural shows from various regions of Thailand were performed here, including traditional music and dance.

The festival drew three millions visitors from around the world at that time. Now, the festival may have long since ended; however, the gardens are still as immaculate as ever, meticulously maintained so that all may marvel at their beauty. Flora Festival continues to be arranged by Thai government every year during winter time, the most blossom period.

This year you may enjoy “THE INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL EXPOSITION: ROYAL FLORA RATCHAPHRUEK 2011″ during 1 Dec. 2010- 6 Feb. 2011, 7.00am-20.00pm Everyday

  • Enjoy variety of flowers
  • Music in the garden(Sat.-Sun. and National holiday 18:00-20:00pm till 29 Jan’11)
  • Thai culture show by local communities and students(17:00-18:00pm)
  • Thai herbal information