TEST YOURSELF: Go on a virtual vacation

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Read the following story by Pattarawadee Saengmanee from Bangkok Post. Then answer the following questions.

We are stuck at home again and spend all day in front of a computer as the country battles the third wave of Covid-19. For those who surf the Internet and dream of traveling, virtual tours can be the solution.

Officials have joined IT companies, artists and specialists to boost tourism on online platforms to stay in touch with travelers around the world.

Recently, Hong Kong launched the “City In Time” project which uses augmented reality (AR) and multimedia technologies to bring its rich history to life.

Using AR technology and sound effects, a smartphone turns into a magical window that takes visitors back in time and shows the island’s changes over time.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Tourism Board and Airbnb have teamed up on a program called Singapore Virtual Trips. The project offers online experiences such as an eco-tour at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest, a virtual tour of the Peranakan Museum, and a behind-the-scenes look at the rich history of the former Kallang Airport.

Teleporting to Egypt, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has set up several virtual tours to give visitors a glimpse of ancient pyramids, tombs, and historic sites such as Menna’s Tomb, Red Monastery, and Mosque- Madrassa of Sultan Barquq.

Wear a VR headset and imagine being in Cairo exploring Menna’s private tomb, which was built over 3,000 years ago. Next, travel to the Giza Plateau which is home to the tomb of Queen Meresankh III, the granddaughter of a king who built the Great Pyramid.

Back in Thailand, continue your virtual journey thanks to the AR Smart Heritage application, created by the Department of Fine Arts. It features more than 30 popular tourist attractions in several historical parks.

Highlights include Wat Si Chum, which is located in Sukhothai Historical Park. It houses a gigantic seated Buddha statue called Phra Achana and wall paintings on its ceiling.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. Which country tour is a 3000 year old grave on? …………….
2. Which city tour has sound effects? …………….
3. What program offers eco-responsible tours? …………….
4. Which city tour shows changes over time? …………….
5. In which countries do the tours show murals on the ceiling? ………… ..
6. Where is the tomb of a queen? …………….

Section 2: Read the following passage. Then fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices offered.
With… 7… special sound effects and animations to provide an immersive visual and audio experience, visitors can… 8… their own walking tour. Download the City In Time app or… 9… the website of the same name to discover 28… 10… sights in Hong Kong.

7. __A. live __B. animated __C. life
8. __A. arranged __B. layout __C. to organise
9. __A. download __B. visited __C. Browse
10. __A. popular __B. popularity __C. people

Section 3: Find words that match the following definitions.
11. done using computer technology and without involving people going somewhere ……………
12. using a combination of moving and still images, sounds, music and words ……………
13. a large stone structure or a room where someone is buried ……………
14. a painting made on a wall or a building …………

Answers: 1. Egypt. 2. Hong Kong. 3. Virtual trips to Singapore. 4. Hong Kong. 5. Thailand. 6. Giza Plateau. 7.b. 8. c. 9. c. 10. a. 11. virtual. 12. multimedia. 13. falls. 14. mural.

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