PHUKET: Work is currently underway on a new cultural museum and shrine that will showcase the way of life and traditions of Phuketís ethnic Hainanese community, which date back to Phuketís tin mining days.

Former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai was in Phuket last week to preside over a pillar-laying ceremony at Thni Kong Thua Shrine in Wichit.

Built over a century ago, the original structure is one of the oldest shrines on the island and is badly in need of replacement.