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An introduction to Phuket's history
provides travellers with more than pleasure. It
also gives knowledge to those who seek for it.
A journey will be more valuable and interesting
if the travellers have a chance to learn about
the historical background of the land they visit.
An easy way to attain this is to drop by at a
Phuket, in the minds of most tourists or
even the Thais, is sea, beach and islands. In fact
Phuket has other attractions on land which are worth
visiting. One of them is Thalang National Museum.
When in Phuket, the land of a significant history,
you are recommended to pay a visit to this place.
The 13-rai (5.2 acres) site is situated on Pa Khlok
Road, only 200 metres from the intersection of the
Monument of the Two Heroic Sisters of Phuket.
Phuket was a locality sharing the honour of protecting
the country's sovereignty during the war in 1785
in which a large number of Burmese troops were invading
the coastal area just to the north of Thalang. But
thanks to the leadership of the sisters Chan and
Muk, the people of the whole city were united and
were able to drive the Burmese out of the Thai territory.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the war,
Phuket provincial administration, in cooperation
with the Fine Arts Department, established Thalang
National Museum to be a knowledge centre of history,
archaeology, art and culture of this region.
The building was constructed in 1985 and was inaugurated
with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presiding
over on 14 March 1989. Additional constructions
were built in 1997, resulting in more exhibition
space and advanced multimedia techniques to draw
more museum goers.
The exhibition hall was designed in the local style
with three-side thatched roofs and a gable. Because
of its unique architectural style, the Thalang Museum's
construction later won the Architectural Design
Award from the Association of Siamese Architects
under the royal patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol.
The exhibits are permanently displayed in five buildings:
In this hall, visitors will find the explanations
of the overall Thai civilization including prehistoric
time, historical time and its relationship with
the ancient Khmer Kingdom. Moreover, there are sections
divided according to the historical periods from
Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Thon Buri right up to the
present Rattanakosin (Bangkok).
The highlight in this hall is the sculptures of
Vishnu with deities -- Bhu Devi and Laksamana at
his sides in attendance. This group of Pallava-style
sculptures aged around 1,100-1,200 years.
The room is divided into two sections:
The first section highlights Phuket Island's
geography, topography and mineral and water resources.
The second section showcases
archaeological artefacts of the early inhabitants
of Phuket Island and the Andaman coast, prehistoric
cave paintings, and stories of Thalang and Phuket
in the Ayutthaya Period (1350-1767 A.D.).
this room there is a bronze Dong Son drum of the
Vietnamese civilization, which was used in battles.
The face of the drum was decorated with figures
of animals to symbolize the land's fertility. As
we see today, only figures of seashells are left.
Exhibition Room 2
The room displays a scene of the Thalang War in
1785 in which the two heroines were planning strategies
with their people and the scene of Chan and Muk
receiving the royal command bestowing on them the
titles of Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Si Sunthon
Another side of the room shows the story of Phraya
Ratsada (1857-1913), the model governor of Phuket.
Exhibition Room 3
In this room, visitors will find the explanation
of the background of the important role the Chinese
immigrants played in Phuket's economic development.
Artefacts in this room include Chinese banknotes,
abacuses, writing brushes, etc.
Exhibition Room 4
The sea gypsies' ways of life are exhibited here.
Visitors will also see how Phuket earned its other
name "Pearl of the Andaman".
Educational services with assistants to guide visitors
through the exhibits
Documents related to archaeology, history, art and
and historical textbooks
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