#1600Pandas tour re-ignites Thailand’s love affair with pandas
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#1600Pandas tour re-ignites Thailand’s love affair with pandas

AN exhibition of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas paid a visit to the Golden Mount Temple in Ayutthaya this week as part of their worldwide tour to spread awareness on wildlife conservation.

As part of a campaign launched by World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) France in 2008, French artist Paulo Grangeon made the pandas from recycled materials. The 1,600 pandas represent the number of actual pandas left in the wild today.

The cuddly creatures are making their way around various famous attractions in Thailand throughout March and April, such as the Giant Swing and Lumpini Park, attracting large crowds wherever they go, so animal lovers should keep an eye out!

On Twitter, the exhibition is drawing attention as users in Thailand share their photos of the panda army:

Before coming to the Land of Smiles, the pandas dropped by other locations in Asia, such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Thailand has had something of a love affair with pandas in recent years after the birth of baby pandas at Chiang Mai zoo in 2009 and 2014. The birth of Linping in 2009 sparked panda fever in the northern city, with panda parades and panda statues becoming a common sight in the northern city. Local TV even aired a 24-hour ‘panda watch’ channel.

The 1,600 pandas visit Chiang Mai’s Tha Pae Gate on Saturday.