Phuket Cultural Centre was a find purely because i was asked about it and I knew very little about it - so i visited it the next week.
The centre is on the grounds of the Rajabhat University and there was one sign to it as we drove the road.
The Phuket Cultural Centre is described by Rajabhat as - 'A presentation of arts, culture and artefacts from the area of the Andaman Coast'.
The actual building is not one that one who have thought housed such a treasure of artefacts.The building is unassuming and looks in need of a degree of care BUT it is there and this is what matters.
On entering the building it was a little disarming because there was nobody there and there was no indication or directions that we could go in but we did. I was taken there by Thai person and this did help as they knocked on a door and the staff came to assist us (reminding me of a visit to the Thavorn Museum where they put the lights on).
When they did I was immediately taken with the plethora of items that there were on display in and out of the cabinets.
The actual building was divided into areas with a different focus.
- Ron Thai Phuket Room: showing us the life in Phuket
a beautiful Chinese Calligraphy box (i also have one)
a seeming well used or old Mahjong set - is it Ivory?
- Cultural Information Room: collection of information in a variety of formats
- Cultural Heritage Room: ornaments, implements and more locally made
- Buddhism Room: sandalwood carving, Thalang history and details of the Heroines actions
Phone Number: 076 240 474 (ext. 148)
Approximate Price: Free
Address: Phuket Rajabhat University, Thepkrassatri Rd
Hours: 8:30 - 16:30 (closed weekends)