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Yellow silk cotton trees are blooming at public park in Ubon Ratchathani amidst plunging temperatures

   UBON RATCHATHANI, 23 January 2014 (NNT) - The Suphannika or Yellow silk cotton tree is blooming abundantly at Phu Lon public park in Phibun Mangsahan district, in this northeastern province.

The Phu Lon public park has the world’s biggest gong as its symbol and main tourist attraction. Covering an area of 22 rai, the park originally started out as a butterfly garden but due to unfavorable weather conditions, it then shifted to plant over 3,000 Suphannika or Yellow silk cotton trees, using a budget of 24 million baht from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and 200,000 baht from the Phibun Mangsahan municipality. As the tree bears similar appearance to the Japanese Sakura which bears flowers while the tree is still leafless, Suphannika is called widely as Sakura of the Northeast.

The public park is also serving as a recreation area and exercising grounds. It also provides camping for school students and scouting activities.
Tourists expecting to witness the beautiful blooming of the Sakura of the Northeast, usually during late December to March at Phu Lon public park, have a better chance of the experience this year due to an exceptionally longer than usual period of the cold weather.