RMUTT Lotus Museum is a royal initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and is also in the royally-initiated Plant Genetics Conservation and Development Project. It was set up in 2000 with a lotus cultivating area of 28,800 square meters. Lotus species have been collected and cultivated since 2003, for the purposes of conservation, education and utilization. To begin with, the Lotus Museum had a collection of only 40 different lotus species. Now, there are more than 400 lotus species, such as the sacred lotus (Bua Luang), the tropical day blooming water lily (Bua Phan), the tropical night blooming water lily (Bua Sai), the hardy water lily (Bua Farang), the Victoria water lily (Bua Kradong) and rare Siamese water lilies.
At present, RMUTT Lotus Museum is continuing to survey and gather both local and foreign lotus species for students, teachers and ordinary people to observe, study and enjoy.
In addition to being a center for the study of lotuses, and their benefits in terms of food, medicine, and decoration, RMUTT Lotus Museum also focusses on ecotourism and raising awareness on the conservation of this precious species.
There are many different species of Lotus on display in large basins outside the museum.
The Lotus Museum is a center for lotus studies. The beautiful natural scenery is widely ased by photographer
The Lotus museum is one of the most relaxing recreation facilities provided for RMUTT students.
Asst. Prof. Purin Akkarakultron gives out information about the Lotus Museum which was published in “Kidscovery for Parents” magazine.
Bua Kradong (Victoria Amazonica) has a large leaf similar to a threshing basket on which a baby can sit or lie down. It originated in South America, and it has very large green leaves when compared with other species. The leaf points upwards, and sharp spines cover the underside of the leaf.
Bua Jongkolnee is one of the lotuses near extinction. It exists only in Thailand and dates back to the sukhothai period. It has a small light pink bud and flower with many petals. The lotus rises above the water and blooms for up to 5 days.
Bua Mangalaubol is a hybrid Lotus with a big flower. The RMUTT’s conference room is named after “Mangalauból” because of its beautiful name.