Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sino Portugese Buildings and more in Phuket

Sino Portugese Houses are something which I love to find through out Phuket - but I don't always remember where I saw them.

"In the 18th century, much of the island’s tin mining was carried out by Hokkien Chinese who became the big players in building the old part of the city. In the early 20th century, under Governor Phraya Rassada Nupradit, major European mining companies were invited in, and the major public infrastructure such as roads and canals was built. 

No one knows exactly when the first building in this style was constructed, but old photographs from the reign of King Rama V (1853-1910) show that it was already well established by then. Two styles of building in particular stand out: the shop-house (Sino-Portuguese style) and the big mansion (Sino-Colonial style)." text is from Phuket 101

I have started to make a map but it did not keep up with all their locations.I did find that 
Phuket 101 had a list of 13 and their locations - I liked it.

However they are always related to the commercially known buildings. The list with more information is provided by Ko Phuket.

"Phuket has a long association with European seafaring nations such as Portugal, Great Britain, Holland and France. It also has an established tradition of ethnic Chinese settlement, mainly from Fujian Province, during the tin mining days.

 In addition Phuket city was a traditional meeting place of Thai and Malays. The overall result was a fascinating cultural mix, and the townscape of old Phuket is unique in Thailand." text is from Ko Phuket

In fact there are so many references about the buildings I was happy for those who are interested to investigate on their own...

The images here are mostly taken in Phuket Old Town

 but there are a number of places in Phuket when you come upon quality buildings which are privately owned...

Panwa House
some are now restaurants.