The Kathu Mining Museum is one of the most interesting and unique Museums in Phuket. The city’s tin ‘Kathu’ mining history is beautifully illustrated in the Museum. An opium den is very realistically recreated to give you a rich insight into Phuket’s history. A Museum tour with a guide is the best way to do justice to all the treasures it beholds.
The Kathu Mining Museum was opened on August 2009 and is found on the road right in the middle of the British school and the Loch Palm Golf Club. It has a beautiful Sino Portuguese style in architecture like the many luxury mansions found in the old Phuket area. The museum gives you a quick yet interesting insight into the tin mining world that Phuket was once famous for. Tin mining was once the fuel that kept Phuket moving and thousands of Chinese laborers were drawn to the island and later made their homes here. The rich Chinese race in Phuket is thanks to this massive tin mining industry.
The museum has exhibits displayed both outside and inside. Outside you can see an array of tin mining methods on display with a number of equipments that was used back in the day. Once you step inside you can relive the Tin mining era of Phuket. Hundreds of pictures illustrate the working conditions of the miners and the day to day living of the Kathu villagers is beautifully portrayed. It was the men who usually did the hard labor and the women stayed at home, raised the children and did a couple of side sales by making brooms or preparing traditional sweetmeats. A look at these displays feels as though you were swept back in time to the tin era while the villagers are at work.
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