Date: October 3, 2014
Siam MuseumWe went on a field trip to Siam Museum. My favorite room was the dressing room in the 1900s which was introduced by King Rama V and shows changes because of European influence on old and new things. In the room we saw a postbox, photographs, and dresses they wore in the olden days. My second favorite room was the restaurant in the 1960s where the display was pleasing and attractive. Light was used in a creative way as in the Buddhist room. There were patterns made with light, and the TV screen room was very dark.
The map making room was a very good source of information. It was set out in a way that was easy to read. Sitting in the restaurant and the dressing room were my favorite places, and there was wood, cotton, and plastic fake food. The size was not big or small either – it was just right. Life changed in different years and with different rulers of the country in both cultural and social aspects. The trip was good.
Siam Museum Field Trip
Oct. 12, 2014
Siam Museum 2On October 3, 2014, I went on a field trip arranged by the school to the Siam Museum on Chanamchai Road in Bangkok. The museum uses a lot of interactive storytelling to provide information. It focuses on the national identity of the people in Thailand and allows visitors to learn about the history of people in Thailand with a focus on people in Central Thailand. The museum shows the development of Thailand from the past to present and has high cultural value. Most of the work in the museum is displayed and categorized in themed rooms. Of the whole museum, I found the agricultural life room my favorite.
As the name suggests, this room showed rural Thai life before the industrial changes brought about by Rama V. There were displays of farming tools, crops, kites, rural wooden houses, and the best of all, toys and games children played with then. A life-sized model of a rice paddy surrounds the room and the displays. The lighting was low to imitate dusk. The important displays were highlighted in spotlights, and all the displays had plaques near them to describe what they were and why they were displayed.
In the room, I enjoyed playing with the displayed toys very much. The hand-sized toys were all made from wood, probably bamboo. They show how they can easily be produced by parents for their children. One toy replicates people sawing wood which operates by moving a wooden handle, making the figures drag a blade back and forth on a trunk. Another looks similar to a helicopter blade attached to a long, thin shaft. This toy requires the individual to clamp the shaft in both their palms, helicopter-blade-side up. The individual then moves their hands in opposite directions, releasing the toy and causing it to stay aloft the air for few moments. Some toys were easy to figure out, some were not.
Overall, the interactivity of the museum displays was its best feature. Most of the students found certain sections of the museum suited to their particular interests as there was something for everyone.
Art Trip to Siam Museum
October 3, 2014
By Nattanicha and Thanchanok
Siam Museum 3On October 3, 2014, students from General Art and Advanced Studio Art classes went to Siam Museum which is located behind Wat Pho and near Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Our favorite room was the 1960s which is a bar or restaurant. The work displayed at Siam Museum is okay but some of the lighting was too dark although the information displayed was good. The information and the displays focused mostly on the social life of the Thai people starting in the early civilization to King Rama V and all the way to the 1960s. The cultural focus was on early traders who came to Thailand from China and Europe bringing with them new cultures, food, fashion, costumes, religions, and ceremonies. The room was large and built of wood, and it was in the olden style. We liked the museum very much because it gave a lot of information from very early civilization to the 1960s.