On Feb 2, culture expert Chulapassorn Panomvan Na Ayudhya will lead an all-day walk to several cultural attractions along Sathon and Charoen Krung roads by following the footsteps of Khun Prem, a character in the novel Si Phaendin (Four Reigns).
Sueb Samphanthawong Church.
At 8.30am, those who wish to join must be ready in front of Bangkok Museum in Soi Charoen Krung 43, opposite the Central Post Office, Bang Rak, for a briefing. According to former prime minister and author MR Kukrit Pramoj's novel Si Phaendin, Khun Prem lived near Khlong Phor Yom, which is now Sathon Road.
Until 10am, the tour will visit the museum which displays old objects and photos reflecting the way of life of the middle class in Bangkok before and after World War II, and hear interesting stories about the Bang Rak, Charoen Krung and Sathon areas. After that, the group will stroll along Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok's first modern road built in the reign of King Rama IV, and head to Trok Rong Phasi alley. There, you will visit the colonial-style Old Customs House and an old telegraph office. In the afternoon, the tour will visit Sueb Samphanthawong Church, Siam's first Christian church built and supported by the Siamese, and then the Sino-Thai Chamber of Commerce's former office, which was used by the Japanese troops during World War II and now is Blue Elephant restaurant. The fee is 500 baht per person. Register in advance by calling 081-343-4261 with payment by Jan 30. The trip is conducted in Thai.
Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri
On March 17, Siam Society will host a one-day study trip to visit historical sites and museums in Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri provinces. The trip leader is culture expert Euayporn Kerdchouay. Nakhon Pathom boasts Phra Pathom Chedi, one of the country's most revered Buddhist monuments. Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum displays stone Wheels of Dhamma, stucco and terracotta bas-reliefs from Chedi Chula Pathon, and a large fragment of a stone carving depicting the Buddha preaching his first sermon, all from the Dvaravati period (the 6th-13th century). Participants will also visit U Thong National Museum and the remains of the foundations of Dvaravati stupas scattered around the area, believed to be an ancient town. The museum features a collection of Dvaravati sculptures and other artefacts. A fee of 2,250 baht per person is requested for Siam Society members and 2,750 baht for non-members. For reservations, call 02-661-6470-7 ext 504 or 506 during office hours from Tues to Sat, fax 02-258-3491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military camp tours in Lop Buri
The Tourism Authority of Thailand's Lop Buri office is promoting tourism involving military barracks and a solar energy project in Lop Buri province.
Watthanapong Phonimdaeng, director of the office, said Lop Buri has been a strategic military town since the Ayutthaya period (around the 17th century) and regained its importance in the tenure of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkhram who was premier twice between the late 1930s-1950s. Several military units there, including the Special Warfare Headquarters, an artillery unit, the Army Aviation Centre and the 13th Army Region, are open to tourists for adventurous activities.
A new attraction in Lop Buri is Lop Buri Solar, a solar energy plant with the capacity to generate up to 84MW of solar energy using 800,000 thin-film solar panels. It has a learning centre,''greenNEDucation'', for visitors to learn about solar energy and the province. Another highlight is an observation tower there.
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