Construction of Pattaya’s World Plant Expo exhibit 50% complete

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With six months to go until Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Tropical Garden represents Thailand at the World Plant Expo in China, about half the construction of the 7.5 million baht exhibit has been completed.

Bandit Siritanyong, who represents Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome in the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association, updated Pattaya City Council members on the progress of the one-acre exhibit Oct. 18 at city hall.

Bandit Siritanyong (center) updated Pattaya City Council members on the progress of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden’s exhibit for next year’s World Plant Expo in China.Bandit Siritanyong (center) updated Pattaya City Council members on the progress of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden’s exhibit for next year’s World Plant Expo in China.

The World Plant Expo will run from April 25-Oct. 31, 2014 on 1,600 acres in a hilly section of Qingdao. The 20 billion baht event is expected to draw 40 participating countries and 15 million Chinese and foreign attendees. Pattaya officials believe Nong Nooch Tropical Garden’s showing will be so impressive, as many as 150,000 or more Chinese could be motivated to visit the city.

In addition to the floral displays, which were planted in China in March, the Pattaya exhibit will feature a Thai-style pavilion housing an exhibition on the kingdom’s regional cultures.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to open the exhibit.