Museums are not popular places in Phuket and I have rarely seen anyone else wandering around this particular one when I have been there. The Thais can make some amazing places when the monetary backing is there but one gets the impression that Phuket's past history is not regarded with much worth. In fact, talking to many Thais over the years, they don't seem that concerned about their disappearing culture or Thai history in general.
|Water jets were used to blast away the topsoil|
The tin mine is set in what would have been very dense jungle and the road that leads there is currently light on traffic and scenically tranquil. This will soon change as massive building projects have started at the one end of the road.
Phuket's wealth was based on the rich tin deposits discovered here in the early 1800's. Wealthy Chinese mine owners brought in thousands of Chinese labourers to work the open cast mines.
|What a wonderful building for a Museum and set in splendid grounds for the visitor to talk or cycle around.|
|The Phuket tin mining museum is housed within this wonderful Sino-Portuguese building|
This explains why there is so much Chinese influence on the Island with many ornately beautiful shrines spread throughout the region.
The museum interior is all very much Chinese influenced as is the centre of the restored Phuket 'China' Town.