“Phuket may not be as it is today, if without the plentiful glittering silver of the metal element”

Phuket, a peaceful little island in the past, which has developed into being a city has increased its importance in wealth by the tin ore. Since the middle age of the Ayudhya Kingdom (1626), the trade agreement with foreign countries occurred because of the tin which was regarded as “royal property”. Knowledge and demand of mining coolie manpower were a cause of emigrating Chinese people flocking to the island, and becoming the majority people of the island since the early age of the Rattanakosin period.
With the danger of war, starvation and the pursuit of luck, people who pursued the better life as well as the ready spirit to be faced with hard work in the mining pits. They journeyed through winds and waves for more than a month before reaching their destination.
The foreign Bank (1907) and the first provincial Chinese school (1913), the first dredge in the world for tin dredging in the sea (1907) all originated because Phuket was the centre of tin mining conduction.
Until the termination of the mining era (1987), the old mining pits became aesthetical landscapes and water sources for providing nourishment to tourism industries which were its replacement.
In this room, there are important objects for mine conduction which are “Liang” “Nang” “Lookcher (Bucket)”.