Also known as Sino-Portuguese, it is a mixed architectural style between the East and the West in the Malay Peninsula of the Colonial period. This can be seen in Malacca and Penang of Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand especially in the main coastal cities of the South that conducted trade with foreigners; such as, Songkhla, Phuket, Trang, Pattani, etc.
the main identity is the European architecture mixed with Chinese in which the architects used local materials or created various designs; for exemple , Western-style arches and Poman columns but used designed stucco of Chinese decorations. The interior of the houses displays household item in line with the belief of Feng Shui, but more importantly, they are a double-story buildings. The front of the lower storey has arches that form an arcade for a continuous shady walkway. In Thai language, this is calld "Akhet", and in Chinese "Ngou Kaki" that meant "a 5-foot wide walkway".
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The architecture of Songkhla consists of 5 types*. The first are rows of traditional chinese house and buidings buildings built in the initial period when the city was founded following the Chinese ways. The second are rows of Chinese houses and buildings applying the Western style with traces of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. The third style is Chinese architecture applying a mixture with the West that can be mostly found in the United Kingdom (Colonial style), and the last is architecture connected with the old city; for exemple, City Pillar Shrines, temple, and ancient rice mills.
*Source : A survey by Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Songkhla.