Medicinal plants and botanical research have a new home at Suanluang Rama IX Park in Bangkok.
Thailand is a nation rich with natural resources. As residents and tourists know, the country has been doubly blessed with tropical islands, lush forests and exotic animals. What is less well known is the breadth of plant life within Thailand’s borders. Since the beginning of civilization in Southeast Asia, humans have been culling from the diverse Thai jungles to find plants with medicinal or culinary application. Now, with this new park, part of this story can be shared with the world. A new medicinal plant garden sits in the middle of the sprawling, 900 acre Suan Luang Rama 9 Public Park in the Prawet District of Bangkok. The medicinal plant garden was built in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Her Fifth Cycle Birthday, April 2, 2015. To commemorate the park, Her Royal Highness visited the park on May 20, 2015. This served as an auspicious beginning to what looks to be a wonderful gift for the people of Bangkok.
Suan Luang Rama 9 Public Park offer a large, quiet space in the otherwise bustling Bangkok city. Residents routinely visit the park both for exercise and to enjoy the peace and serenity that can be found throughout Suan Luang Rama. The park itself is filled with 2,300 species of vines, shrubs, flowering plants, cactus and forest trees. The park was intentionally designed to cluster plants by their ecological and taxonomic organization. For example, there are 40 species of lotus flowers floating in ponds, 70 species of Palmae and 76 symbolic plants representing the 76 provinces of Thailand.