Students travelled to the Thonburi area for an altogether enlightening science based field trip.
In 1887, His Royal Highness Siriraj Kakuthapan, beloved Crown Prince of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, died of dysentery. In his memory The King donated a piece of land and money for the construction of Siriraj Hospital as the first royal hospital for the care of the Thai people.
We began our tour in the first museum building, which was originally Thonburi Railway Station, the oldest railway station in Thailand. Here is housed a captivating display of traditional Thai medicine in Thailand and the consequent implementation of western medicine. The students were most attentive and were asking some very relevant questions. They had the opportunity to don surgical scrubs and enter a mock-up theater which was fun. Our guide, Khun Bee, was great at explaining all the displays to us in great detail.
Next we learned a little about pathology and how, if it wasn’t for pathology, it would be very difficult for police and medical professionals to solve certain crimes. We ended our tour in the anatomy building where we got a glimpse of the infamous “See Uey” a serial killer who was sentenced to death in the 1950s. To end the day we wandered along a bustling street just outside the Siriraj compound in search of a well-deserved lunch!