The Phraya Rasadanupradit Mahisorn Phakdi Musuem in Kantang district offers a fascinating glimpse through the mists of time to tell the story of the province’s history.
Chinese by origin, Phraya Rasadanupradi was, and still is, highly respected by local Trang people and regarded as a great man who brought wealth and prosperity to Trang thanks to his astute organisation of transportation, agriculture, education and local administration.
Phraya Rasadanupradit was the first person in Thailand to plant commercial rubber trees, which of course can now be found all over southern Thailand – indeed the kingdom is one of the leading international exporters of this natural product.
Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahitsaraphakdi, Khaw Sim Bee Na Ranong is a member of the Khaw na Ranong family which held the governor’s post in Ranong for generations.
He was assigned to become governor of Trang in 1890. He also initiated city development for Trang and the connection of Trang with Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung by road as well as the railroad connection to Nakhon Si Thammarat, one of the first railroads of Thailand.
In 1902, he was assigned to become the commissioner of Monthon Phuket and held the post until his death in 1913.
Besides his house museum in Kantang, a monument commemorating him was erected in the city of Trang. In 1992, he was also honored as one of the five most distinguished government officials in administration.