Tim Cook Visits Bangkok, Thailand to Meet With Photographers, Students and WWDC Scholarship Winners

Tim Cook continued his tour of Asia this week with a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. The Apple CEO has been documenting the journey on his Twitter account.


Cook kicked things off with a visit to the Wat Arun Buddhist temple on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.


In a tweet, Cook thanked Thai photographer Jirasak Panpiansin for showing him the historic seventeenth century temple "through your lens." Jirasak's iPhone photography has previously been highlighted in Apple's annual World Gallery.


Following his visit to the Temple of Dawn, Cook traveled to Satit-Chula school to meet students using Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum, which lets teachers integrate iOS device-driven drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their lesson plans for a variety of subjects.


After that, Cook met up with the Thai women's gold medal-winning national volleyball team to witness how they use ‌iPad‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ in their training.


Also today, cook spent time with two WWDC scholarship winners, and then met "studygrammer" Peanut Butter, "who brings intricate Thai handwriting to life on ‌iPad‌."

During his Asia trip, Cook has stopped in Tokyo, Japan and Singapore to meet with local employees, developers, healthcare experts, plane pilots, and others. We'll keep this post updated as Cook continues his tour in Asia.

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5 weeks ago


I can’t stand that praying hand gesture that he always does. I guess it’s supposed to mean thank you or show gratitude and appreciation but it’s annoying.

That’s an awfully silly thing to get annoyed about.
Rating: 15 Votes
5 weeks ago


I can’t stand that praying hand gesture that he always does. I guess it’s supposed to mean thank you or show gratitude and appreciation but it’s annoying.


If this the level of thing that bothers you, the world must be an unbearable place.
Rating: 10 Votes
5 weeks ago


I can’t stand that praying hand gesture that he always does. I guess it’s supposed to mean thank you or show gratitude and appreciation but it’s annoying.

I see people are getting creative with their reasons for hating the guy now. Soon we'll be getting rants about his shoe size or the number of hairs on his head.
Rating: 10 Votes
5 weeks ago


It's so obnoxious. He's almost bowing when he does it, too.

In this context, that’s how you greet and respect people politely in Thailand.
Rating: 9 Votes
5 weeks ago
I can’t stand that praying hand gesture that he always does. I guess it’s supposed to mean thank you or show gratitude and appreciation but it’s annoying.
Rating: 7 Votes
5 weeks ago


I see people are getting creative with their reasons for hating the guy now. Soon we'll be getting rants about his shoe size or the number of hairs on his head.


For whatever reason the perpetually negative Debbie Downers in this world tend to scream the loudest. And when it comes to Apple, whew, the screaming is even louder.
Rating: 7 Votes
5 weeks ago
Anything substantial coming out of this trip other than the vacuous, narcissistic Blonde Ambition Tour photologue?
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago


I can’t stand that praying hand gesture that he always does. I guess it’s supposed to mean thank you or show gratitude and appreciation but it’s annoying.

It's so obnoxious. He's almost bowing when he does it, too.
Rating: 5 Votes
5 weeks ago


I mean, no fan of Cook here but are we really complaining about hand gestures now?
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What if the people he's with asked him, politely, to do it just to share with him a cultural custom?


Nothing at all wrong with a foreigner doing it, and Thais are very respectful generally. But most foreigners don’t execute it with the grace it normally exudes. That’s all I’m sayin’
Rating: 4 Votes
5 weeks ago


In this context, that’s how you greet and respect people politely in Thailand.

He does it when he opens WWDC. He does it ALL THE TIME. Prayer sign and half bow.
Rating: 4 Votes

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