The 12th Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival held in the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region from 16 to 31 December will showcase close to 200,000 flower species.
Officials said that if the situation of the flowers is good, the festival will be extended. The flower festival will also include musical entertainment and shops. Tens of thousands of people usually visit the annual flower festival, said Ko Kyaw Lin Oo, in charge of the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
“There were more visitors this year, and if the conditions of the flowers and the weather are good, the festival will be extended beyond 31 December”, added Ko Kyaw Lwin Oo.
About 200,000 flowers of differing colours from 48 different types of flowers will be displayed. The entry is Ks500 for children and Ks1,000 for adults. About 10,000 visitors are expected to visit daily. Due to recent rain, there were some difficulties in planting the flowers, officials said.
“About 20 per cent of the flowers displayed are fakes, but 80 per cent are real. Even the flower festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand is unable to display 100 per cent real flowers. The real flowers for the festival were planted in October, so almost everything is ready” said U Wai Phyo Aung, the executive director of National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.
Rain also caused a problem for the 2016 flower festival, where more than 200,000 flowers were planted, but only 30,000 survived the weather. Flowers are planted four times a year for at the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden for the festival, including flowers from Thailand and China, it is learnt.
Aung Thant Naing