Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

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Baan Chinpracha

is a mansion that

has stood through

the glory days and

gloomy times of


Its preserved

grandeur is one

of the finest

works of original





Among the best places to get a

glimpse of Phuket’s glorious past is

the 114-year-old ‘Baan Chinpracha,’

or Chinpracha Mansion, one of a

few remaining ‘Anglo-Chinese’

style mansions. It was originally

built at a time when Phuket enjoyed

its commercial peak during the

reign of King Rama V, just before

World War II.

History buffs will enjoy

browsing the house’s eclectic

personal collection of antique

furniture, mostly exquisite

Chinese-style mother of pearl

sets built of intricate woodwork

and still auspiciously exist as a

set of two.

Other details of the house, such

as the beautiful ceramic floor tiles

and decorative fences, were also

brought in by trading ships from

as far as Holland and Italy. Phuket

was then a centre of trading in the

region with ships coming from all

over the world.

Passed down to the sixth

generation, the original owner

Phra Pitak Chinpracha was a

Fujian descendant who came to

settle down in Phuket during the

reign of King Rama IV. Chinpracha

later became one of Phuket’s

prominent figures in the tinmining

industry. Visitors can

reminisce about its storied past,

and those wishing to hire the

entire place for special occasions

can do so with an advanced

booking. Baan Chinpracha, 98 Krabi

Road, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 211 281


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