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Architectural Fieldtrip, a journey combining studying and cultural exchange between two nations Ton Duc Thang University and Angkor University, Cambodia.

The course Architectural Fieldtrip is one of the subjects that every Architecture student looks forward to because of the diversity of study locations each semester. In the 2023-2024 term, the Architecture Department is honored to set foot in a new land called Cambodia. This is an activity within the Architecture training program, for 3rd year students, who rotate locations each year in many provinces and cities domestically and abroad. The subject is intended to help students have the opportunity to observe, learn and have practical experience not only about architecture and planning but also history, culture as well as skills to learn and interact with international friends. 

Fig 1: TDTU delegation at Kompong Kdei Bridge, Cambodia

The journey lasts 4 days and 3 nights from May 24, 2024 to May 27, 2024, including two stages: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. At the first stage, students can visit and review history as well as how to preserve and restore architectural and planning heritage: Kampong Kdei Bridge, Hindu-Buddhist temple complex: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, The Terrace of the Elephants, Ta Prohm.To learn about the people and culture of the "country of pagodas and towers'' through the Kompong Thom market and the traditional Apsara dance. 

Fig 2: TDTU delegation at Bayon Temple

Even more honored is the student exchange activity in Architecture between Angkor University and Ton Duc Thang University. During this event, studetns of both Universities had a chance to study and get to know each other through activities such as sketching, team-building,...

Fig  3: Students of both Universities in front of Angkor University
Fig 4: Exchange activity between two Universities

The second stop in the capital Phnom Penh is to sightseeing architecture with strong Buddhist influence such as the Golden Pagoda and Silver Pagoda; Royal Palace; Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument; Phsar Thom Thmei market. 

Fig 5: TDTU delegation at Gold-Silver Temple
Fig 6: TDTU delegation at Memorial Pavilion

The tour learning about culture, history and practical experiences gave students many emotions when standing in front of works that only existed in books. The unforgettable memories and teachings that the teachers conveyed throughout the roads.