Tracing Phuket’s Old-Town History

Phuket’s Old Town quarter doesn’t only cherish the city’s cultural importance but also tells so much of Phuket’s history. By visiting its museums and heritage sites, you can learn of the city’s early development. Phuket owes much of its first downtown’s development to tin mining in the early 19th century which attracted fortune makers from Europe, India, including Chinese who had become both mine workers and investors and made Phuket home. The Chinese were great merchants and traders. Their business contributed much to the local economy and allowed the city’s unique Sino-Portuguese architecture to take shape.