Thai Hua School Museum
Thai Hua School at Krabi Road, Phuket, is the oldest Chinese school
in Thailand, founded in 1911.
in 1934, it is a splendid example of European-Sino-Thai architecture
of the 1930s, when Phuket architecture began to depart from the
Straits Settlements style.
concrete is used for canopies, brackets and a hanging staircase,
while the decorative forms of the earlier period are also incorporated.
front gate is made of cast iron imported from Yates, Haywood &
Co, Upper Thames, London.
the school moved out to new, larger premises in the late 1990s,
the Alumni Association initiated a project to conserve the old
archaeology in and around the building revealed the foundations
of old classrooms, built in 1926.
old Thai Hua school was used as a venue for community consultations
in the planning process. It was used as an exhibition space during
the annual Old Phuket Festival.
2002, the Alumni Association resolved to turn the Thai Hua School
building into a community museum.
mid-2005, The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, of Thailands
Cultural Ministry, decided to refurbish the Thai Hua School into
an art gallery. The purpose was to promote Phukets artists
as a contribution to post-tsunami recovery. The repairs and renovation
were completed in one or two months. Two art exhibitions Flowers
of the Andaman and Sino-Portuguese were held
in August and September 2005.
building has gained a second lease of life as an exhibition space
and performance space.
photo of Culture Ministry officials and artists. The specially
commissioned painting hanging in the old school hall shows the
Thai Hua School and its founders.
Baba women posing for a photo in front of the newly refurbished
Thai Hua School Building.
& Watcharin Rodnit, an artist couple who have their gallery
in old town Phuket.
Phuket Thai Hua Museum committee is now seeking funds to create
museum exhibitions to showcase Phukets unique Baba community.
The building will also serve as a local community centre for culture,
arts and languages.