Each year we welcome over 2,500 students and staff from schools worldwide.
After Barge staff met the year 4 class at ELC we headed off across town towards Yarowat Road and Wat Trimit. At the temple we were transported back in time to when early Chinese migrants first came to Thailand.
After a treacherous storm-filled journey by boat, we arrived at a market area where we had to pay our taxes, pay respect to the earth god and carry our goods to sell by coolie through the market.
Hands on activities in the Wat Trimit museum allowed the students to really experience life as a migrant as they got the chance to carry their bags by coolie and receive a band to prove they had paid their taxes.
After learning about historical Chinese life on Yarowat Road, we stepped out onto the road itself to see modern day China Town life. First stop along the way was the Tien Fah Foundation Shrine where the students practiced their Chinese characters whilst searching for key features of the Shrine.
The day’s adventure continued as we explored stalls and shops in China Town completing a Yarowat Bingo along the way. There were mixed reactions to Lod Chong Singapore, a sweet drink which is a popular snack, but it was a great experience for the students to try new tastes and experiences. The new experiences continued when we sat down for a private lion dance show. This traditional dance and music performance saw the students feeding the lions and the performers creating a tower that was four peopl high!
The day was rounded off with some glorious dim sum. Plates and plates of wonderful food, so much we even had food to take back to school!
The barge staff had a fantastic day working with ELC Year 4s, thank you for a really exciting day.