Phuket Town - Colonial Architecture
There are some really nice Colonial buildings in Phuket, some of which are very well preserved. Take this Phuket Thai Hua School Museum. It was a private Chinese school built in the 1930s, in a European-Sino-Thai style. A very handsome building, the details are really intriguing with it's blend of Western and Eastern elements. I was especially captivated by the detail on the pediments which uses a bat motif. Today the school has been converted into a museum for the Chinese immigrants in Phuket.
As is typical of old Colonial mansions, there is a courtyard in the centre which allows natural light and ventilation into the building.
This other handsome Colonial building now houses the Phuket office of Thai Airways. Both the exterior and interiors have been beautifully restored.
Another old mansion which is currently being restored. I think it will be converted into a restaurant and entertainment complex.
This building is another nice example of functional Colonial architecture. The play of shades of green on the facade is really delightful.
The care with which many of the old buildings have been restored bodes well for the heritage of Phuket Town. I hope to go back and see Phuket Town again in it's full glory after all the major restoration works have been done.