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“Museum gives insight into early Chinese immigration to Phuket”

Phuket Thaihua Museum
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Half-Day Small-Group Walking Tour in Phuket
Ranked #31 of 108 things to do in Phuket Town
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Sydney, Australia
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“Museum gives insight into early Chinese immigration to Phuket”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This is a modern, wonderfully set up and maintained museum with interesting facts about the early Chinese migration to Phuket starting on a large scale with tin miners in the 1800's. These were followed by traders, bankers and families. Intermarriage with the local native population has produced a group of people that mostly have some Chinese ancestry. It outlines the families and their development into mine owners and wealthy businessmen within a few short years and their philanthropic contributions to Phuket's development over the years. It is set in an attractive old school building. History buffs would find it a worthwhile visit.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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329 reviews
238 attraction reviews
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“Go if raining or otherwise stuck in Phuket Town”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Telling the story of the Chinese contribution to Phuket, with English translations for most exhibits, the museum is well-presented, but suffers from the fact that the Chinese story isn't intrinsically very exciting. They came, they traded, they tin mined, they set up shops etc - the same as the Chinese story in a lot of other places. The staff take great pride in the museum and will be gald to see you. The museum has a free car park in front of its building. Toilets exist.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Offers an excellent crash course on the history of Phuket old town”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

It would be a great idea to start off your little tour of Phuket town with this musuem set in an old chinese school building for a crash course on the history of Phuket town.

Learnt some really surprising facts about the history of Phuket of which I shall deign to reveal so I don't spoil the surprise for those who have yet to visit this museum.

Grab a drink or snack at the little cafe next to the museum. It's really pretty, especially the little courtyard at the back of the cafe.

Visited July 2013
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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I had no idea”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

While wandering around Phuket Town, we stumbled upon this remarkable little museum. There's a small entry fee to get into this well maintained former schoolhouse. One of the exhibit rooms was also well air-conditioned, so we may have lingered in that one a little longer. I may be giving myself away here, but aside from the movie Big Boss with Bruce Lee, I had not given much thought to the history of Chinese immigrants in Thailand. We learned about influential Chinese men and their families who helped shape Phuket as well as the lifestyle, culture, and education of local Chinese immigrants over time. It is extremely thorough in its story-telling - a beautiful place capturing thousands of beautiful memories.

Visited March 2013
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Bali, Indonesia
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“More to Phuket than just beaches and resorts”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

If you happen to be in Phuket town and found yourself looking at what to do this small museum is a good choice it shows the influence of Chinese migration on the island, the history of the tin mines and it has some interesting displays about the local culture and heritage.
It is located in a beautiful house which was formerly a school and it takes about one hour to visit it if you are doing it at leisure.
We took our kids there and they liked it the displays are well done and some are interactive, all in all a good place to visit.

Visited May 2013
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