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Ayutthaya 3rd-5th October
ELC joined us for three days to discover the rich history of the Ayutthayan Kingdom, as well as how the Chao Phraya River influenced its success, and how we still use this river today.
We started this exploration by visiting Fort Phom Phet and the historical Japanese Village, where our curious students could find out why Ayutthaya was built and what made it so important. People from all over the world came to Ayutthaya to buy and sell, making for a fantastic mix of cultures for ELC to discover. From these two sites we could also pay close attention to the river, and realise why it is such an important resource, as well as how we affect it in both positive and negative ways. Later, once we had our fantastic dinner at the River View Place Hotel, ELC listened to the story of Orion, using it as inspiration to come up with their own stories and constellations.
We started the next day with the Watershed Puzzle activity where students considered how different land uses can affect the health of the river, and what we can do as individuals to use this resource sustainably. Setting off for the day we visited Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the Ayutthaya Gold Museum and Wat Chai Wattanaram, tracing the history of the Ayutthayan Kingdom from start to finish, through fun scavenger hunt photo-challenges, guided imagery, and sketching. Before bed our group managed to spot some planets in the night sky, and finally played a game of Group Sculpture before bed.
On our final day, ELC had a relaxed morning exploring the beautiful temples of Wat Chai Yai Monkhon and Wat Panan Choeng. Here we painted by the river and learned more about Thai Buddhist culture. After lunch we headed back to school, saying goodbye to our students until another time! Everyone had had an enjoyable three days, and we hope to meet again!