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Ratchapruek Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand In Honor Of King Bhumibol
The "Ratchapruek" or "Golden Shower Tree" is the national flower of Thailand. This yellow flower symbolizes the color of Buddhism and yellow is also considered the color of the King. The "Royal Flora Ratchaphruek" was a flower festival held on the 1st of November 2006, until January 2007, in the Northern city of Chiang Mai. The total area of the park where the festival was held is more than 80 hectares of land. The festival had a total of 3,781,624 visitors during this time. The park was opened to the public in 2008 and the garden remains open to visitors 7 days per week during daylight hours. The cost to visit the garden is 100THB for adults and 50THB for children (kids under the age of 6 are free), admission for Thai citizens is half the cost of foreigners, as it is at almost all parks in Thailand.
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The Kings Garden (Rathcapruek), is located approximately a 15 minute drive from downtown Chiang Mai. The cost of a taxi or tuk tuk from downtown will be from 300-500THB for a return trip. To get to the garden from downtown, you will turn left onto Huay Kaew Road, and then another left at the Canal Road, after about a 5-10 minute drive along the Canal Road, the entrance to Ratchapruek will be on your right. The entrance to the garden is a long drive, with an impressive display of shrubbery on either side.
THE ROYAL PAVILION
This building featured Lanna architecture and was built in honor of King Bhumibol for his works and dedication. The Royal Pavilion is located on a hill at the back of the park, and the view from the top of the steps is amazing. You can see the entire park and all of the gardens from the top of the Pavilion. Inside the Pavilion you will see photos of King Bhumibol and read about his works.
There were 30 international gardens featured in the "Royal Flora Ratchapruek", particpating nations included Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada. There are over 2.5 million trees of 2,200 species on the 30 hectares of land that makes up the Ratchapruek Garden. The attractions include gardens for the King, corporate gardens and Thai tropical gardens. There are also a variety of cultural shows that take place on Thai holidays, such as the Kings birthday on December 5th.
There are a variety of tropical flowers displayed in the gardens, the most popular flower is likely the orchids. There are several beautiful orchid displays with orchids in a variety of colors. There also impressive rose gardens, tulips and almost any other flower you can think of.