ROYAL PARK RAJAPRUEK
The Royal Park Rajapruek is the name that was bestowed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on January 23, 2010. This park is our Father’s park to educate the Thai people and disseminate information about the various royal projects, projects from royal initiatives, sufficiency economy, and biodiversity through the myriad of plantlife. Throughout the past decade since the first International Horticulture Exposition for His Majesty the King or Royal Flora Rajapruek in 2006, more than five million tourists from around the world have visited the Royal Park Rajapruek. For the High Season of 2016, the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization) has joined hands with the Royal Project Foundation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and other related organizations to hold the “Royal Park Rajapruek” event under the theme “When Flowers in Our Father’s Garden Bloom…Learn and Follow in His Footsteps.” The event, held from December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017, is intended to carry on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s projects and initiatives, to publicize His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s work, and to commemorate the work of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and the Royal Family. The “Royal Park Rajapruek” event aims to commemorate the work His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had carried out for the Thai people throughout His Majesty’s lifetime to improve livelihoods so that we may continue His Majesty’s work to move the country forward as His Majesty had wanted.
The highlights which shouldn’t be missed include:
Highlight 1 The “7 Decades of the King of Development” exhibition at the Royal Pavilion showcases His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s multi-faceted talents and the hardships His Majesty endured in working for the Thai people in accordance with His Majesty’s pledge to rule righteously. View the music videos to the songs “The Virtuous King” and “The Teachings of Our Father” which showcase the projects from royal initiative and the development of the highlands according to the Royal Project Foundation and the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization). This exhibition is on six times a day.
Highlight 2 A key aspect of this event features His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s projects concerning soil, water, and the forests, as well as sufficiency economy at the Garden to Showcase New Theory Agriculture. On exhibit are agricultural methods advocated by His Majesty to preserve the environment according to the theme “From the Sky to the Earth and the Water.” You’ll get to see a replica of water sources in the forest, a dam to slow water flow, using plantlife to treat wastewater, a demonstration field of vetiver grass, a demonstration field of problematic soil and how to improve the soil quality, and a mangrove forest environment. There is also information about the royally-initiated dam network, the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency’s (GISTDA) project to transfer water from dams with a high water level to dams with lower water level, the three black miracles according to royal initiative, raising fish in a floating basket, and handicraft from hemp. You can also purchase agricultural produce and view success stories of farmers who followed His Majesty’s agricultural methods. Youngsters will be treated to a variety of fun educational activities. Those interested can participate in seminars by experts from the Highland Research and Development Institute.
Highlight 3 Learn about the background of the Royal Project Foundation and its slogan “Royal Projects Help Hill Tribe People, Help Us, Help the World.” View beautiful flowers from the Royal Projects and taste the special menu prepared by the Royal Project kitchen, using ingredients that are fresh, clean, safe, and healthy at the Royal Project Foundation Garden.
Highlight 4 There are millions of reasons why Thais love His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. View pictures from His Majesty’s visit to Chiang Mai and hear stories about His Majesty from those who had the opportunity to work closely with Him. Take in the exhibit of images from events held to remember His Majesty by various organizations in Chiang Mai at the pavilion to mourn His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Highlight 5 View the exhibition by various leading organizations of the country in using His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s projects to benefit society as a whole. Learn from the exhibitions such as the one from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives on cultivating rice, the story behind the Toyota Soluna Thai Edition to the Ratchamongkol rice mill, plant trees with the Port Authority of Thailand, learn about banknotes and coins with the Bank of Thailand and Krung Thai Bank, recycle with PTT, and shop for weekly goods from C.P. and Berli Jucker.
Highlight 6 View the beauty of Tulips, Lilies, Carnations, Begonias, Petunias, Blue Hawaiis, Dahlias, Geraniums, etc, and the millions of winter blooms from the Royal Project Foundation and the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization) throughout the 90 days of the event. Visit the orchid pavilion which showcases both true breeds and hybrid breeds. Take pictures with the artwork “Our Father’s Tree” which is made from Yellow Oncidium Orchids. Enjoy winter blooms from the highlands in the refrigerated greenhouse, the 70-meter long romantic flower cave, the tens of thousands of tulips in full bloom for the New Year at the Netherland Garden, and the colorful landscaping of a mixture of blooms at the flower garden.
Highlight 7 Enjoy merit making on the auspicious path with the Buddha statue made from the copper Bodhi leaves which Thais wrote well wishes for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the Royal Flora Rajapruek 2006 event at the ground of the Bodhi tree of loyalty; the Ganesh statue at the India Garden for knowledge and intelligence; the Buddha statue at the Bhutan Garden that was royally bestowed by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on December 1, 2011 for peace and longevity; the Buddha statue carved out of wood to bring peace at the Laos Garden; the Buddha statue to protect against all dangers and bring wealth at the Siam Garden; and the Buddha statue to dispel obstacles and dangers, commissioned at Patan, Nepal and placed at the Nepal Garden by the Nepal Embassy to Thailand on November 21, 2015.
Highlight 8 The agriculture market sells agricultural produce such as melons, grapes, strawberries, passionfruit, capegoose berries, mulberries, tomatos, salad vegetables, coffee, tea, herbs, and plants. These are all made by hill tribe people who have used the sufficiency economy theory in their lives to improve their livelihoods.
Highlight 9 If you’re visiting on public holidays or special occasions, you’ll be treated to special performances and light and sound shows at the Royal Pavilion which will leave you with lasting memories. Enjoy the Kingdom of Tropical Dome which brings together tropical plants, rare plants, and ancient ferns, as well as the Herb Garden filled with herbs with healing properties and the Insect World with grasshoppers, butterflies, etc.
The “Royal Park Rajapruek” is on from December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017 and is opened on Mondays-Thursdays from 8 AM-6 PM, Fridays-Sundays and Public Holidays from 8 AM-7 PM at the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai Province. For more information, call 053-114110-5 or receive updates via the Facebook fanpage “Royal Park Rajapruek.”