Phuket

The much-awaited opening of the Peranakan Museum in old town Phuket following its renovation now presents schedules of exhibits staged across multimedia platforms. Descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay Archipelago in the 15th to 17th century, the Peranakan groups, later settled in southern Thailand, Penang, Singapore and Malaysia, creating their own cliques and culture. In Phuket, Peranakan cuisine and elaborately-detailed costumes are reasons to celebrate in style. Housed in the century-old historic Standard Chartered Bank building, the museum showcases Phuket’s glorious past when trading and mining bestowed much prosperity during the reign of King Rama V. The governor ordered the construction of the town’s first-ever commercial bank, complete with a polic station on an opposite site, to provide maximum security. Now the museum building has been fully restored to its past magnificence with details of Penang design and architecture, Chinese tile roofing, and elaborate wooden windowsills and frames. Located at the corner of Phang Nga and Phuket roads, the museum is open daily (except for Mondays) from 9.00am – 4.30pm. T: +66 (0) 76 211 333