The history of Phuket is just as intriguing as the ravishing present it portrays. It is different however and takes you through a journey of the poignant days of the island. Back in the day it was the city of the tin mining industry. The industry flourished giving the city the place that it has today. If you want to travel back in time and experience a couple of hours living in the tin era of Phuket, visit the Phuket Mining Museum. Located in Kathu next to the British International School, the museum makes one of the most fascinating places to explore the history of this area.
The island’s history is etched with tin mine models in an opium den. This is exactly what is recreated within such an area. The complete procedure of tin mining is perfectly encapsulated in models of workers performing each stage of the process. The museum and the rich history it contains can be perfectly experienced with a tour guide who will explain the significance behind each exhibit at the museum. The Kathu Mine model has its own tale in itself and explains the origins of the first settlers in the area who were the Chinese. As the tin mining industry boomed several Chinese labourers were brought in from China and they later became the fathers of the island. It is this very industry that gave rise to a multi ethnic society in Phuket. The equipment that was used in the tin mining industry of the past is on display at the museum and by its side the mining methods are exhibited as well. The lifestyles of the Kathu workers were simple and full of energy. There is much to learn from the hard work both men and women put in which were the ingredients that created this flourishing industry. The very bedrooms and kitchens where these simple lives were lead are also perfectly exhibited within such premises.
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