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New Sheraton resort in Phuket to offer close-up view of Pernakan art heritage

Sep 22. 2020
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By The Nation

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort will welcome guests to a vibrant world of art when it opens its doors on October 1.

The new resort, designed in partnership with Artslonga, who specialises in art that reflects Phuket’s Pernakan heritage, also harnessed the skills of young graduates from Silapakorn University.

Strolling through the resort, guests will be able to admire a collection of almost 70 paintings and sculptures. Ornamental vases can be seen in the corridors, just like in a traditional Phuket home, while images of classical ceramics adorn walls in the restaurants.

Phuket’s Peranakan culture was created by the arrival of Chinese immigrants, predominantly Hokkien, who originally came to work in the island’s tin-mining industry. Their unique traditions are reflected in the local art and architecture – especially in the elegant shophouses of Phuket’s Old Town. Today, it is estimated that approximately 70 per cent of Phuket’s population has Peranakan roots.

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