Mahidol University International College (MUIC), in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and the Suwannaram Temple Community, inaugurated “Bangkok Noi Walks,” a cultural walking tour under the Bangkok Noi Model Project, on March 13, 2020.
The project involves a walking tour of cultural and tourism sites in Bangkok Noi district which include Wat Suwannaram, Rai-Kan Market, “Sanguan O-sot” (traditional Thai apothecary shop), “khan long hin” (traditional Thai bronzeware factory), and Thonburi locomotive depot.
Key personalities in the project gave speeches during the official launching, including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chanida Hansawasdi, Associate Dean for Research of MUIC; Assoc. Prof. Benjapa Khiewvan, Assistant Dean of Corporate Communication and Social Responsibility, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital; Asst. Prof. Dr. Analiza Liezl Perez-Amurao of MUIC’s Humanities and Language Division (HLD) and principal investigator of the project; and Mr. Jongjad Jantob, Director of Suwannaram School. Dr. Prateep Vongverayut, HLD Vice Chair, and Asst. Prof. Nicholas John Ferriman, HLD English Studies Program Director, along with HLD staff members also attended. Staff members from MUIC’s Research Unit and Media Development Unit were also present.
Though unable to attend during the launching, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sompong Amnuay-Ngerntra of MUIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Division, Asst. Prof. Dr. Tiamsoon Sirisrisak of Thammasat University’s Faculty of Anthropology, Ajarn Mariejoy San Buenaventura of MUIC’s HLD, and Ms. Jaruwan Duangkhamchan were also part of the project.
Several ICCU students assisted Asst. Prof. Amurao in this project, namely, Ms. Nicha Tamthong, Ms. Sirima Sangnark, Ms. Oranong Mongkonjaroenkij, Mr. Pachara Charoensilpsakul, and Mr. Artorn Sriruya. Selected students of Suwannaram School also joined the tour. A total of 45 people participated in the activity.