PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, and its partner Silpakorn University, are continuing with the “Rayong Destination of Happiness” project by holding workshops to increase the knowledge and understanding of teachers in Rayong province, using a databank that integrates information about the region’s indigenous arts and culture. Acting Sub. Lt. Piroon Hemarak, Vice-Governor of Rayong province, presided over the opening ceremony for the project’s second phase, which aims to transform know-how from the research project into classroom learning for young students in Rayong. One part of the project took place from 6 to 7 June, 2019, at the Classic Kameo Hotel Rayong, which included field trips to Wat Khod Tim Tharam, Wat Baan Laeng, the Tang Thai Chiang Fish Sauce manufacturing plant, and Yomjinda Road in Rayong.
Apichaya Deachakraiwal, CSR Development Program Division Manager, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, said, “As a leading chemical company and innovator, GC wants to contribute to better living so is proud to support the arts, culture, and history of Rayong province through the ‘Rayong Destination of Happiness’ project. This important initiative will preserve the native arts and culture of Rayong that have been gradually fading over time, which means future generations will not be aware of their roots, heritage, or history. The project is addressing this concern by preserving and promoting the unique arts and culture of Rayong province while integrating different aspects of GC’s CSR activities, and promoting Rayong as a popular tourist destination in line with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development Plan. GC’s efforts led to Silpakorn University signing a Memorandum of Understanding for joint cooperation for this three-year project, which runs from 2018 through 2020.”
Sasithorn Sinvottaya, Deputy Dean for Arts and Culture, Special Affairs, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, noted that the university and GC teamed up to implement a databank initiative on indigenous arts and culture in Rayong province. “From its beginning in 2018, the project identified the scope of the research area covering the Rayong basin, where several valuable heritage sites have been unearthed including ancient temples with artifacts that provided a unique understanding of and perspective on the native way of life and traditions, which is particularly relevant for local residents. The project will also empirically demonstrate the value of this cultural heritage through research activities that cover ancient documents, artifacts and crafts, and ethnographic information on the local way of life. Phase 2 of the project is now underway, and the scope of the research area has expanded to include the Prasae Basin. Additional workshops will be held to support knowledge about arts and culture for teachers in Rayong province, which they can then incorporate into their classrooms to ensure that students recognize their roots and the importance of their unique heritage,” she said.
The training project includes the following five pillars:
- A workshop on “Historical Routes in Rayong” by the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University.
- A workshop on “Content and Value: Rayong’s Ancient Documents” by the Department of Eastern Languages, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University.
- A workshop on “Artifacts and Ancient Crafts of Rayong” by the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University.
- A workshop on “The People and Culture of Rayong” by the Department of Humanity, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University.
- A workshop on “The Integration of Research and Learning Development Processes” by Secondary Educational Service Area Office 18 (Chonburi – Rayong) and the Rayong Primary Educational Service Area Office 1.
In addition, four field trips took place to important sites in Rayong’s Muang district including Wat Khod Tim Tharam, Wat Baan Laeng, the Tang Thai Chiang Fish Sauce manufacturing plant, and Yomjinda Road. During the field trips, teachers gained a first-hand perspective on the history, arts, and culture of Rayong, so they can pass this knowledge to their students – the future of the province, preserving the region’s rich heritage for the new generation.