PTT Metro Forest Learning Center has transformed 12 rai (19,200 sqm) of deserted land on Sukhaphiban Road into a green space for learning. Three quarters of this total area is taken up by an abundant ecological forest and, more importantly, a simulation of the type of forest that existed in Bangkok in the past. Before the capital city became the concrete jungle it is today, the area was home to over 250 species of rare traditional plants. When visiting the centre, those from younger generations can learn how urban development has destroyed such valuable resources without realizing their importance. Of the remaining 25% of the area not taken up by the forest, 15% is reserved for water resources and 10% houses the all-important educational buildings.
Besides getting to know about Bangkok’s original abundant ecological forest areas, visitors will be able to admire hundreds of species of plants from a 10.2-meter high, 200-meter long skywalk, which leads to the 23-meter high forest observation tower, offering magnificent tree-top views out over the entire forest. A glance down below will prove what an abundance of plant life there is here as young plants sprout forth from the soil ready to become the sturdy trees of the next generation.
Visitors here can experience the majesty of nature and the flourishing condition of this 12 rai plot of land is a great example of why we need to preserve nature and what wonderful results our efforts to preserve it can yield.