Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network meeting 2016
From November 13th – 16th 2016, Baan Hollanda hosted the second general meeting of the Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network, under the title of “Treasure in Heritage: Aspects of Dutch-Asian Interactions”. Various activities had been taken place, for example, a visit to the old settlement of the Dutch trading post in Ayutthaya, where Baan Hollanda, an information centre on the relationship between Thailand and the Netherlands is located, academic presentations related to the VOC history from the members, a field trip to historical places in Ayutthaya, a farewell dinner that was kindly hosted by Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand and the workshop of "Storytelling, Interpretation & Learning with and from Collections", which the last one had set up by the cooperation between Baan Hollanda, National Discovery Museum Institute – NDMI and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed).
During the network visit to Baan Hollanda, Ayutthaya
Member presentation under the topic: Treasure in Heritage
Members of the network visit historical site in Ayutthaya
Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network is an international network of institutions in the public and private sector that work with VOC heritage. (VOC was one of a powerful company in the 17th and 18th century due to its capability in operating a large trading network connecting many cities around Asia as well as the Netherlands and other regions.)
The signing to set up Dutch Trading Post Heritage Network had been taken place in 2014, in Hirado, Japan, with 3 purposes:
1) Share knowledge and research between the various members of the network to increase understanding of VOC related history and the management of VOC heritage and cooperate to do research to close knowledge gap between members.
2) Initiate and promote exchanges on a cultural, economic, educational and personal level between the various members.
3) Increase awareness about VOC history as well as promote and increase awareness about the current state of the VOC sites and the links between them.
At present, our network consists of 10 members from various cities in 6 countries:
Ambon (Indonesia): Ambon City Government
Ayutthaya (Thailand): Baan Hollanda Foundation
Banda (Indonesia): Banda Heritage Foundation
Galle (Sri Lanka): Galle Heritage Foundation
Hirado (Japan): Hirado Dutch Trading Post
Jakarta (Indonesia): Indonesian Documentation Centre of Architecture
Malacca (Malaysia): Melaka World Heritage Office
Nagasaki (Japan): Nagasaki City Dejima Restoration Office
Tainan (Taiwan): Taijiang National Park Headquarters
Ternate (Indonesia): Ternate Heritage Society
For further information regarding the network please refer to:
Dutch Art & Food Sunday 2016
On Sunday 24th April 2016, Baan Hollanda organised a special activity "Dutch Art & Food Sunday" to celebrate the National day of the Netherlands as well as to introduce Dutch art and food to our visitors. We prepared empty cloth bag for our visitors to paint and draw their favourite various Dutch inspired patterns. The session was very popular and attracted many visitors and families.
Regarding the food, we prepared many Dutch snack including freshly made Stroopwafel from a local Dutch bakery. Apart from this, we also had many snack menus including the famous Dutch Bitterballen, Frikandellen and Kroketten. The atmosphere was lively including when our live acoustic session started in the afternoon.
The event wouldn't have been possible with our kind volunteers and staff. We appreciate your contribution and support very much. And most important of all, our visitors who came to join our event. There were a lot of both Dutch and Thai visitors and families who came to visit and be part of our experience. We are grateful for your support and hope to see you again at our next event.
Baan Hollanda is closed on Songkran day 2016
We would like to thank all our visitors for visiting us this week and would like to annouce our closing date for Songkran Festivial on Wednesday 13th April 2016. Our operation will resume from Thursday 14th April.
Join us in Dutch Art & Food Sunday 2016!
Baan Hollanda is pleased to announce that we are organising our special event : Dutch Art & Food Sunday 2016 at Baan Hollanda, Ayutthaya
Come and taste the famous Dutch Stroopwafel (Syrup waffle) from a local Dutch shop in Ayutthaya who will make fresh waffle for you. Our cafe will also serve many Dutch snack including Kroket, Bitterballen, Frikandel and Frietje. We will also have a art workshop where you can paint a watercolour journal with our creative volunteer or paint your very own canvas bag.
In the afternoon we will also have a small accoustic performance live at our cafe! There is no admission fee, only for visitors who would like to visit our permanent exhibition which there will be 50 Baht entry ticket.
We hope to see you soon!
Our thanks to devoting volunteers
You may learn about our event a couple of weeks ago where we had an opening ceremony for the photo exhibition " Ancient Ayutthaya Heritage through the Lens" by Assistant Professor Nirandorn Tongaroon. Behind the success of the event are our hard working volunteers who kindly contribute their time and skills, making the day went well and successful.
Photo by khun Noppadol Ake-chuktra
In this occasion, we would like to thank to our devoting volunteers. The first team of event volunteer consist of:
Khun Pat Yodmanee (Pat) , khun Prapatsorn Krangkratog (Ploy), khun Natthida Vanitchayalai (Nan), khun Sorravit Sobprasong (Win). Their strong and positive hospitality and enthusiastic energy are truly appreciated and we would like to thank them for heping us from start of the day in preparation, space planning, designing and other arrangement throughout our big day.
The second contributor is our long time friend and volunteer: khun Manita Sooksomsut (Fon) who has kindly join our event and help us with her architectural and language skills working as Translator for our honoured chairperson of the event, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Thailand, during the special lecture session. Baan Hollanda wishes to extend our appreciation to Khun Fon for taking the time from her busy work and take part in our special day.
Khun Fon and Professor Nirandorn during preparation before the opening ceremony
Photo by Khun Chalita Panaram
The final team of our volunteer: our active photographers.
Photo by Khun Noppadol Ake-chuktra
We would like to thank: Khun Chalita Panaram (Pear), Khun Sathit Dilokkhunanant (Aon), and Khun Suchanan Nimnual (Eve) for their creative and hard working contribution in helping us taking pictures of the activities and making the day memorable. Their kind assistance are truly grateful and we would like to thank, also, for
allowing their pictures to be used on this website, making promoting local and historical tourism possible.
Thank you again to all of our kind volunteer and we hope to be able to work with you again at our next opportunity. Should you wish to join Baan Hollanda as volunteer, you can read more at our "Get involved" section.