More than just beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters and islands.
Phuket is home to many beautiful places, beaches, and islands, but there is so much more to Phuket than what postcards are showing. There’s a rich cultural history that has been a culmination of many different civilizations, cultures, and people. Phuket was recently awarded ‘City of Gastronomy by UNESCO’.
Because of this rich diversity and history, Phuket has evolved in many different ways, creating beautiful arts & crafts that are truly unique to this island. But the people are what makes it unique. Their knowledge, their traditions, and their behavior. It can be seen everywhere, from the way they eat to the music they listen to and the entertainment they like.
HISTORY OF PHUKET THAILAND
Pearl of the south. A long history of hosting foreigners.
Because of its abundant natural reserves, the island has always been significant, economically speaking. Even from long ago Phuket, pulled travelers, merchants, and pirates from as diverse places as Arabia, Sri Lanka, China, and Portugal – all of them in search of its ivory, pearls, timber, animal hides and gems.
Later in the 18th century, because of Tin, the Dutch, the French, and the British came, and so did many explorers such as Captain Francis Light. The discovery of Tin in Phuket drew in many miners from China, who all moved to Phuket to become the first entrepreneurs and many of which are now Phuket’s wealthiest families. The influence that they have had on Phuket’s culture is evident in everyday life here. From the food, architecture, rituals, ceremonies, traditions, to the fashion, they have impacted this island, creating a medley of truly unique and beautiful art.
Each commercial ‘revolution’ has influenced Phuket’s culture, and the island has hung on to a colorful mixture of residents. Evidence of these revolutions can be seen in the island’s architecture, especially around Old Phuket Town, where Sino-Portuguese influences are apparent on every street corner.Our art gallery in phuket