The beginning of the tin boom during the Nineteenth Century led to construction of many fine old
mansions and shops still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described
as Sino-Portuguese and has a strongly Mediterranean chracter. Shops present a very narrow face on
the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially on Dibuk Rd., have old wooden doors with
Chinese fretwork carving. Other streets, forming what might be called "Old Phuket", with similar structures
are Phang-nga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of the area is easy and delightful. Some
other old European-style buildings of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse
(San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.