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Colorful sino-portuguese buildings of Phuket Town were built during the tin mining boom in the 19th century. Mainly made up of one or two storeys, the architecture is similar to those found in Penang and Singapore. Often called "shophouse architecture" the unique features of these buildings: the open air entrances, louvred windows and thick walls to keep them cool in the tropical heat.
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Colorful sino-portuguese buildings of Phuket Town were built during the tin mining boom in the 19th century.  Mainly made up of one or two storeys, the architecture is similar to those found in Penang and Singapore.  Often called "shophouse architecture" the unique features of these buildings: the open air entrances, louvred windows and thick walls to keep them cool in the tropical heat.