An unusual opening for celebrations at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden
Supoj Thiamyoj & Jittraporn Charasrum
As part of the recent botanical celebrations of HM Queen Sirikit’s
birthday, the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden at Mae Rim held a tree-planting
event with an unusual opening ceremony.
the tree- planting event held last month, Suwit Khunkitti, the Minister of
Natural Resources and Environment, shot seeds into the forest below using a
specially made bow and arrow.
‘Tree Planting for the Mother of the Land’, was presided over and opened by
the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Suwit Khunkitti, who,
using a specially made bow and arrow, shot seeds into the forest to
celebrate the event. The minister also planted Eria biflora seedlings and
was taken on a tour of all 5 regional botanical gardens within the facility.
In his speech, Suwit commented that the centre not only offered facilities
for botanical study but also focused on improving plant strains for growers
as well as keeping a detailed record of all botanical species in the
kingdom. The Garden was founded in 1993, set in 6,500 rai of land within Doi
Suthep-Pui National Park, and has since become an important research and
study facility. Education about environmental issues and the preservation of
Thailand’s natural environment are other important functions.
The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim is open daily between 8 30
a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, please visit
The Minister of Natural Resources and the
Environment Suwit Khunkitti cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony of ‘Tree
Planting for the Mother of the Land’ in honour of Queen Sirikit’s 77th
birthday on August 12.
Chiang Mai Zoo celebrates Chinese ‘101 days’ custom for Lhin Ping
Chinese Consul-General Shu
Weimin presided over the inauguration and religious ceremony for Lhin Ping’s
101st day event held at Chiang Mai Zoo. With him are the zoo’s director
Sopon Damnui, right, and Noppadol Anontawilat from the Thai-China Business
Baby panda Lhin Ping’s 101st day event took place between September
4 and 6, hosted by Chiang Mai Zoo and based on an ancient Chinese custom
which holds the belief that the panda cub has now survived the period of
instability following her birth and is safe from harm.
your weight, Lhin Ping! Yet another cake was provided for the baby panda’s
‘101 day’ celebrations on September 4-6. Good to know she’s doing well!
The inauguration and religious ceremony which began the celebrations was
held at 9 a.m. in front of the Panda Clinic and presided over by Chinese
Consul-General in Chiang Mai Zhu Weimin.
Director of the Zoological Park Organisation Sopon Damnui updated guests
regarding Lhin Pong’s development, following which the president of Chiang
Mai’s Thai-China Business Association Noppadol Anontawilat and
representatives from 40 Chinese-related organisations presented blessing
gifts for Lhin Ping while the zoo’s employees were given the traditional
blessing foods, noodles with eggs, the Chinese words for which mean
‘complete’ and ‘long life’.