Location : Rumah Marga Tjhia, Kelurahan Melayu, Kecamatan Singkawang Barat, Kota Singkawang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
After saying goodbye to our friend Desy and Selakau town, we headed to Singkawang for the night. The next morning we left our car at the hotel and decided to explore the town on foot with our local friend Egi visiting the ‘Rumah Marga Tjhia’ which has become a popular tourist attraction. The house belongs to the Chia clan and was built in 4 Feb 1901.
Using the Andriod GPs to guide us, we ended up entering through the back door! Although the house looked like a well maintained museum we were surprised that there were still several families who stayed there. They were, according to the fish tail poster, descendants from the 4th to the 7th generations. The first owner was Chia Siu Xi, a trader.
We felt like trespassers but none of them lifted an eyebrow as we took photos all over the place. The guest room walls were filled with decors and pictures depicting the history of the Chia family.
It was good thing the Indonesian government put in an effort to conserve not just this century plus house but reminded visitors of the olden Chinese architecture and especially of the Hakka gold rush to Borneo almost three hundred years ago.
We were so looking forward to one of the families here that sold the Hakka dumpling or ‘choipan’ but unfortunately it was closed for the lunar new year.
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