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Rediscovering Authenticity: The Vanishing Bangkok Green Space

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

A 60-year-old man skillfully climbing a coconut tree using the traditional freehand technique, showcasing his expertise as the last freehand climber in his town against a backdrop of a clear blue sky and tropical landscape
The Last Freehand Coconut Tree Climber in Town at 60 Years Old

Bangkok, the bustling metropolis, is renowned for its towering skyscrapers, vibrant stree

t markets, and a pace of life that never seems to slow down. However, amidst the urban sprawl, there's an element of Thai culture that's quietly disappearing: authentic gardens. These green sanctuaries, once the soul of Bangkok, are vanishing from the cityscape. Amidst modern changes, Poomjai Garden stands out as a thriving and historic garden, actively collaborating with local villagers to uphold and celebrate our shared, traditional lifestyle..

The Authentic Garden Experience

A photo showing the proud owner of Poomjai Garden standing amidst a bountiful harvest of fresh lychee fruits, showcasing the garden's lush greenery and vibrant red lychees.
The Owner of Poomjai Garden with Fresh Lychee Fruit Harvest

Authentic gardens in Bangkok were more than just green spaces; they were a way of life. They represented the deep connection of Thai people with nature. These gardens were a rich tapestry of fragrant spices, towering coconut palms, and carefully nurtured fruit trees. They offered a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

What made these gardens truly special was their bond with the community. They weren't just well-maintained lawns; they were living hubs where people cultivated their own sustenance and shared it with neighbors. These gardens provided not only food but also a profound sense of togetherness and peace.

The Disappearing Green Oasis

A serene view of the last coconut orchard in Bangkok, featuring rows of towering coconut trees with lush greenery, symbolizing a tranquil natural retreat amidst the bustling cityscape.
Bangkok's Last Coconut Orchard Oasis

Unfortunately, as Bangkok continued to expand, many of these authentic gardens fell victim to urbanization. The demand for space led to the conversion of gardens into high-rise buildings and concrete jungles.The once-common sight of lush greenery, lychee orchards, clean canals, people commuting in canals, and riverside shophouses gradually faded into memory.

The disappearance of these gardens has had profound cultural and environmental consequences. The garden life was once the true essence of how most Thai people lived. As these green oases disappear, it's as if our very roots are vanishing, erasing a significant part of our heritage. With their loss, Bangkok lost a part of its heritage and connection to the land.

Poomjai Garden: A Beacon of Hope

A vibrant image of Poomjai Garden, flourishing with lush plants and flowers, symbolizing a thriving oasis of greenery and hope in the local neighborhood.
Poomjai Garden: A Beacon of Hope in the Neighborhood

In the heart of Bangkhunthian, where the past whispers stories of tradition, revered temples, famous lychee orchards, and canals, Poomjai Garden stands as a symbol of resilience. This last authentic garden in Bangkok is on a mission to protect, preserve, and promote the essence of Thai culture.

At Poomjai Garden, you'll find more than just beautiful green spaces. You'll discover a thriving community, deeply rooted in sustainable practices. Here, the legacy of authentic gardens lives on. Fruit trees, herbs, and traditional Thai plants flourish. The canals, once the lifeblood of these communities, remain a central feature, providing a serene backdrop for visitors.

Preserving the Future

The owner of Poomjai Garden attentively nurturing the plants, demonstrating a deep commitment to the garden's growth and well-being, amidst a backdrop of verdant greenery and blooming flowers.
Dedicated Care by the Owner at Poomjai Garden

Poomjai Garden is not just about the past; it's about preserving the future. Through community engagement, educational programs, and sustainable practices, we are nurturing the next generation of gardeners and environmental stewards.

By showcasing the beauty and importance of authentic gardens, Poomjai Garden is striving to ensure that these precious green heritage never fade away.

In a city that's constantly evolving, Poomjai Garden remains an oasis of tradition, a testament to the enduring spirit of Bangkok's authentic gardens. As we rediscover the value of these green spaces, we also rediscover a piece of ourselves.

So, next time you're in Bangkok, take a detour from the busy streets and visit Poomjai Garden. Immerse yourself in the beauty of an authentic garden, connect with the community, and be part of the effort to preserve a piece of Bangkok's soul.

Authentic gardens may be vanishing from the city, but at Poomjai Garden, they're blooming with renewed vigor, waiting to share their secrets with you.

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