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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

PHUKET Baan Chinpracha

PHUKET Baan Chinpracha is a mansion that has stood through the glory days and gloomy times of Phuket. Its preserved grandeur is one of the finest works of original Anglo-Chinese architectural design. CHINPRACHA HOUSE 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 58