Besides its natural beauty, Phuket has its own distinguished style of buildings located in Old Phuket Town. Most of the buildings were built nearly 100 years ago. The houses are wide and all the doors and the windows are carved in a unique style.
The construction was influenced by Chinese architecture. In the early 1900’s, the one and two story rows of houses were very popular. The building’s walls are thick and roofs, doors, and windows are designed in a typically Chinese style. Later, the building’s style changed to Sino-Portuguese architecture.
Today the remaining Sino-Portuguese buildings can be seen along the old roads in Phuket town like Thalang, Dibuk, Phang Nga, Yaowaraj and Soi Rommane. These roads represent Phuket outstanding lifestyle and culture. Phuket’s buildings are once again being built in the Sino-Portuguese style to match the old with the new.
We have chosen our top 5 of Sino-Portuguese buildings, taking into account their beauty and history.
Let’s start with no.5!
Baan Klung Jinda , at the intersection of Yaowarat Road and Mae Luan Road. This was originally built, 108 years ago, as the official residence of the town treasurer, in which role it served for many decades. It then fell into disuse until about five years ago, and home to a high-end restaurant. The building has been renovated but is still perfect Sino-Portuguese architecture.
4. Phuket Tine Mine Museum
Phuket Tine Mine Museum opened in August 2009. It is a very informative cultural and historical attraction in Phuket. A visit with a guide is recommended as, for now, most of the signs and descriptions are only available in Thai.
3. Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion
This historic Sino-Portuguese mansion was built in 1903. In the past, it was used as the governor’s residence. Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant is now located at the site of the well-known Mansion.
2. Standard Chartered Bank
In the era of King Rama 5, Phuket Governor Praya Rasda’s requested the Standard Chartered Bank set up its first Thailand branch in Phuket. Thailand’s oldest foreign bank is a magnificent example of Phuket’s historic Sino-Portuguese architecture.
1. Thai Hua Museum
The Thai Hua Museum was founded in 1911 and is the oldest Chinese language school in Phuket. The museum was opened in 2010 using the old Thai Hua School, the oldest Chinese-language school in Phuket. The building is a classic “Sino-Portuguese” styled building, blending European styles with Chinese touches.
Come to Phuket Old Town to see the history of Phuket. There are some awesome buildings for you to see, which we may or may not have ranked. Walking around the town is excellent, you can discover the wonderful architecture Phuket has to offer.