The cultural programme of this Summer School aims to widen the perspective of the students by adding experiences and activities in direct contact with different cultures.
This does not only include communication but also activities and observations how things are being done differently compared with the own culture.
At the first day, right after their arrival the German students are invited into a traditional Thai restaurant to gather their first impressions of Thai kitchen and eating culture. Furthermore it is the first get together of the whole group and the chance to introduce with the colleagues of the next two weeks.
Introduction into Thai Food
On the second day after the first lectures the faculty of Home Economics Technology of RMUTP invites the international students group to in introduction into Thai Food. Thai Food is a cultural inheritance transferred to and from generations. By preparing the dishes together the students learn that the Thai menu is composed of diverse methods on cooking with the combination of various tastes that are rarely found in other national cousins. The aim of this intercultural event is not only to get the students to know each other, but also to introduce the
German students to the various types of Thai cuisine. This could be very helpful when they are alone in front of a food stall and ask themselves whether they can eat what they see.
Culture Tour Bangkok
Bangkok began as a small port community at the banks of Chao Phraya River some 500 years ago. Today, while the city is one of the most modern, the grandeur and glory of its illustrious past still remains. The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and was for 150 years home of the Thai Kings and the Royal court. His beautiful architecture and intricate details show the art of craftsmanship of the Thais. The Grand Palace hosts the Emerald Buddha, a sacred Buddha image carved from a single block of emerald.
Note: The Grand Palace with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand´s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed to enter the complex. No short trousers or skirts, no bare shoulders, no bare feet!
Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple complex south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is first of the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha.
Bangkok is home of the world´s largest Chinatown. Settled in the 1780´s by Chinese merchants, Chinatown retains a large ethnic Chinese community who still continue their own traditions and religious ceremonies. Famous for its markets and numerous gold shops, the area caters largely to the local population and contains a number of busy, almost frenetic market areas concentrated around a network of roads, alleys and small streets.
The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a centre of global diplomacy and commerce. Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. This site was chosen because it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam as it existed at that time, thus preventing attack of the city by the sea-going warships of other nations. The location also helped to protect the city from seasonal flooding.
The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.
Once an important centre of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture.
Named after the ‘Samet’ trees (Thai for cajeput trees), which grow on the island in abundance, Koh Samet offers all the essential elements that make up a fun-filled escape – an endless expanse of turquoise blue sea, crescent bays with fine white sand, lots of water sports and a throbbing nightlife. Koh Samet has significantly less rainfall than other Thai destinations but visitors get soaked anyway – in the sea. Only a three-hour drive from Bangkok and about 45 minutes by ferry from Ban Phe Pier on the mainland, the island is an attractive tourist destination at the weekends
The island offers plenty opportunities to retreat from the
exhausting lectures. Tanning sessions (take a high-factor sun protection all the time!), enjoy a Thai Massage, rent a boat for a tour around the island, ride the banana or a jet-ski (all at your own expense).
Bangkok at night
Clubbing in Bangkok is legendary and yet there’s always something new to discover! For every club that closed down, two new venues open up to much fanfare, with ever more elaborate scope and design. There is a growing sophistication to Bangkok, and it is now possible to get the best of the world’s electronic music scene right here, right now... and thanks to the swathes of tourists who have no thought for work the next day, every night is party night!
Free time and shopping
Shopping in Bangkok is an experience to thrill and delight the most discerning of shoppers - whatever it is you're looking for. From the gleaming chrome and towering size of modern, air-conditioned malls, to the hustle and bustle of its famously buzzing night markets, Bangkok has all kinds of places where you can find what you are looking for.
The whole group comes together to enjoy a last time delicious Thai food and to review the last two weeks. Students have the chance to give and receive a first feedback and talk to teachers and colleagues.