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10/03/2011 - Phuket Mining Museum opens in Kathu, Phuket, Thailand

10/03/2011 - Phuket Mining Museum opens in Kathu, Phuket, Thailand

The Phuket Mining Museum was officially opened on March 3rd by Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, who arrived to buy the first admission ticket to mark the occasion.

Located on Koh Kaew Road in Phuket’s Kathu District, the museum was built to provide an insight into Phuket’s tin mining history and the Chinese immigrants who came to work in it, by using a series of indoor and outdoor exhibits.

“Natural resources are no longer enough to attract tourists. We need to also develop our cultural attractions. This museum is spot on,” commented Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha.

The project, funded by the Phuket Provincial Office and Kathu Municipality, began in 2006 and cost a reported 180 million baht (US$3 million). Construction was completed in 2008, since when the museum has been waiting for its exhibits to be installed.

“This Chinese heritage and our history of mining belong not only to the people of Kathu, but to all of Phuket,” said Kathu Mayor, Chaianan Suthikul.

“I intend to develop and promote this museum as a cultural tourism attraction, but I still need more experts to help develop the standard of the displays at the museum, so please visit the museum and give us your feedback,” he added.

Entrance fees are one hundred baht per adult and fifty baht per child for foreigners and fifty baht per adult and twenty baht per child for Thais.

Entry is free for students, the disabled and Thais over sixty years old.

You can find directions and map to the museum here...

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