Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park (Stone Park)
SomdechPhraSrinagarindra Park Kanchanaburi is the 8th public park built in honor of HRH the Princess Mother 80thyear’s celebration. It is located at Baan Tung Nar Kratch, NongYaSubdistrict of Mueang District in Kanchanaburi Province. The park has an area of over 960,000 sq.m. Princess GalayaniVadhana, the Princess of Naradhiwas presided in the inaugural ceremony on January 31st, 1988. Most people call SomdechPhraSrinagarindra Park “Stone Park” or “Stone Garden” because the area has stones and stalagmites neatly lined up for around 320,000 sq.m. The nearest travel route to the Stone Park is to travel from the city to the joint harbor of the two rivers: KwaiNoi River, and KwaiYai River. Once there, use the ferry to cross to the opposite side, and travel passes the Khao Chong Kai cemetery, Tum Khao Pun, and Kanchanaburi College of Agriculture and Technology for approximately 9 km. Another way is to travel along Sang Chuto road pass the Alliance cemetery to an intersection at Kaengsian, then turn left and travel pass The Bridge of River Kwai along the WatKhao Pun route will reach SomdechPhraSrinagarindra Park Kanchanaburi in approximately 21 km. The Stone Park is under the care of Kanchanaburi College of Agriculture and Technology. The park’s famous tree is Night Blooming Jasmine tree, which is local to Thailand, and is abundant in Kanchanaburi. SomdechPhraSrinagarindra Park Kanchaburi was previously planned to be built in PrachuapKhiri Khan Province since 1982 at WahGorSubdistrict, which today is the location of King MongkutMemorial Park of Science and Technology at WahGor. But due to some issues on the readiness of the location, the plan had to be changed. The park was moved to Kanchaburi Province, which is in the same Educational Service Area instead. The park is situated within Kanchanaburi College of Agriculture and Technology. The area is a plain at the foothill, full of many local flower species and has distinct beauty from other SomdechPhraSrinagarindra Parks. At the foothill, there are many lime stones rising up from beneath the ground in many shapes and sizes that people could imagined to be various things such as tiger, lion, fish, whale, rhinoceros, dinosaurs, etc. Some have reverberation sound similar to a bell after it has been hit. Some stones are surrounded by large trees, while some have smaller trees or plants, including Moss and Ferns, growing in between the holes or cracks. Beside natural stone park, the park still has many natural flowers and animals, including Muntjac deer, serow, wild rabbit, Pheasant and many other bird species, which are observed to be increasing.