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Old Phuket Festival offers a feast of entertainment

January 11, 2011

The 12th Annual, “Old Phuket Festival” runs in collaboration with the Chinese New Year. This year the festival runs from 3rd February 2011. If you would like to see and experience Phuket culture, this is a perfect opportunity for you. You will have a chance to mix with the local people in a major Phuket festival.

The Old Phuket Festival, takes place in the very heart of the Old Town. The entertainment starts from around 3pm to midnight each day. Many major roads will be pedestrian only zones for this special event.

The Old Town Festival is packed full of entertainment, colour and culture. There are many things to see and do including the, “Phuket Baba Light Show”, displays of Chinese folk dancing, Chinese opera performances, acrobats, Kung Fu performances and spectacular parades. You can also take a rickshaw ride around the Old Town’s streets.

The Senate tourism committee has asked the Culture Ministry to push for listing the century-old Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket city as well as the resort island itself as United Nations World Heritage Sites.

Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat said on Monday that he had assigned the Fine Arts Department to see whether the old town and the island matched the selection criteria of the World Heritage Committee.

The Senate committee’s panel for following through on the country’s world heritage development for tourism had proposed two options, he said.

The first is world heritage registration of the Sino-Portuguese buildings. The ministry was asked to conserve and restore the structures as close as possible to their original condition while improving the environs by burying all wires. Phuket would join with Malaysia’s Malacca and Penang, as they all shared this traditional architectural design.

The second option is the registration of Phuket island on its own, citing its outstanding cultural and natural features along with Phang Nga Bay and Krabi.

The Sino-Portuguese style, with influences from the East and West, appeared in 1511 on the Malay Peninsula. Similar buildings can be seen in Malacca and Penang as well as Singapore and Macau.

PHUKET also as a new tourist information centre, right in the heart of Old Phuket Town.The new Tourist Information Centre, opened by Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana today, will provide visitors with essential information about Old Phuket Town seven days a week between 8am and 4pm.
It’s in a historic Chinese shophouse that was bequeathed to the Phuket City municipality many years ago, and has now been restored. Out the back is an ancient water well, and a kitchen. Other good things are happening in the once-thriving historic hub of Phuket.

Local residents are being trained in arts and crafts, with a course in batik for 20 people already fully subscribed later in the month.

Upstairs in the shophouse, which can be found in Thalang Road between Soi Romanee and Yaowarat Road, there’s a meeting room for 20 that can be used privately or made available for free for community projects.

The Old Phuket Town walking street festival between February 8-10 promises to be the best yet, with expanded activities and the fantastic Street Show Festival of 2010 as an example-setter.

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