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    Siam Paragon Royal Orchid Paradise 18-24 May

    From May 18 to 24, orchids from farms all over the country will bloom in celebration of His Majesty the King's 80th birthday, at Siam Paragon.

    With the cooperation of the Horticultural Science Society of Thailand, "The Royal Orchid Paradise: The Amazing Orchid Beyond Frontiers" will be graciously inaugurated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on May 20 at 6pm in the Fashion Hall.
    The event is in tune with Her Majesty the Queen's initiatives to conserve Thai orchids by encouraging local growers to develop and create new breeds.
    The exposition will cover more than 2,500m2 in Siam Paragon, including the Botanical Garden, Hall of Fame and Hall of Mirrors on the M floor, and the Fashion Hall. The shopping centre will be turned into a living orchid paradise, with 80 colours from nine groups of orchids, which are exported. The numbers nine and 80 correspond to His Majesty's reign and his age respectively.
    Greeting visitors at the entrance to the Botanical Garden will be a four-storey cascade of orchids. The Hall of Fame and Hall of Mirrors will display a large variety of orchids, including the winners of the show.
    A decorative centrepiece created with some 1,100 orchids by photographer and orchid lover Sakchai Guy will be showcased in the Fashion Hall.
    Moreover, a series of nine canvases from watercolour artist Somjai Reiss, featuring impressionist images of nine orchid clusters, each canvas surrounded by real orchids, will also be display. The paintings reflect Reiss's enchantment with the flowers after a visit to an orchid farm.
    The highlight of the exhibition, which embraces "The Amazing Orchids Beyond Frontiers" concept, will be a canal of phalaenopsis. The best phalaenopsis in the world come from Taiwan and 919 unique, white, fragrant phalaenopsis were sent from a Taiwanese orchid association as a representative of good relations between Thailand and Taiwan. Winners of the exposition will be presented with a royal crystal trophy by Princess Sirindhorn.

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    The Amazing Orchid Beyond Frontiers" exposition



    For one week in May, Siam Paragon literally blossomed with a profusion of orchids from all over the country and overseas during "The Royal Orchid Paradise:

    The Amazing Orchid Beyond Frontiers" exposition.

    The expo was graciously opened by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who accepted an invitation by Somjai Reiss to paint an orchid named "Sirindhornia" to mark the opening of the extravaganza.

    The princess also presented the Royal Crystal Trophy to champion orchid breeders, and took time to visit various displays.

    The orchid displays, with 80 colours from nine lineages of orchids, covered more than 2,500m2 in Siam Paragon, including the Botanical Garden, the Hall of Fame, the Jewel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Canal and the Fashion Hall. The numbers "9" and "80" correspond to HM the King's monarchical ordinal and his age, respectively.

    The Fashion Hall on the first floor was dominated by a huge orchid chandelier, created with some 1,100 orchids by photographer and orchid lover Sakchai Guy. At the Jewel, the Sustainable Development Booth welcomed guests with a display on how to live a sustainable lifestyle, in line with HM the King's initiatives.

    On the mezzanine floor, a four-storey cascade of orchids was the highlight of the Botanical Garden, while orchids in diverse colours were displayed in the Hall of Fame.

    In the Hall of Mirrors, a series of nine impressionist paintings by Somjai were on display, each work surrounded by real orchids, which won the orchid contest.

    The Canal was transformed under the concept "The Creek of Phalaenopsis". It is known that the best phalaenopsis in the world come from Taiwan, and 919 unique, fragrant white phalaenopsis were sent from a Taiwan orchid association to represent the strong ties between Thailand and Taiwan.

    The event was in line with HM the Queen's initiatives to conserve precious Thai orchids by encouraging local growers to develop new breeds.


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