On Sunday 21 December 2008 in the morning around Huay Mongkol Temple Governor Pranchai Borwornratanpran has opened Toong-Tarn-Tawan sunflower field for tourists. At the ceremony was also present Chief District Officer Khun Prasit Boonlikit, Lord Mayor Khun Jira Pongpaibul, police officer, military, tour companies, representatives of Hua Hin Hotelier Group and Hua Hin residents.
Khun Prasit Boonlikit spoke about history of this sunflower field. Abbot Prakru Papassorn Worapinit has started to grow sunflower on 50 rai of land and it will be expanded soon to another 50 rai field. Sunflowers grow very fast and sunflower field is very beautiful. Usually every weekend many tourists come to this temple to respect Loung-Poo-Tuod and buy Ong-Ja-Tu-Karm - well known Buddha. The 50 rai sunflower field belongs to the temple. Abbot of the temple thinks that area next to the sunflower field is ideal place for tourist to relax. He is thinking about building accommodation for the tourists.
Governor Panchai said that he was very glad that he came open this sunflower field for tourists and he admires Abbot’s efforts to create visiting point for tourists. He thinks that this is perfect spot to relax and the sunflower field looks like a wonderful garden.
Abbot Prakru Papassorn said that elephant owners always bring elephants to the field to feed them. As they are very poor Abbot allows them to feed the elephants for free. The elephants are used for tourists’ rides and bring income for their families.
Lord Mayor Khun Jira Pongpaibull said that Abbot is very kind and always donate money to help local people and for local government projects which do not have enough founds. Abbot Prakru Papassorn has donated for example 100 million baht to Hua Hin Hospital to buy hospital equipment. Thanks to good Abbot’s leadership Huay Mongkol Temple is now know worldwide.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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