Tjong A Fie's Mansion
Tjong A Fie's Mansion
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Arctictis_binturong
USA, Indonesia48 contributions
Dec 2022
At least as interesting as similar houses in Melaka and Pinang. The house is fairly well maintained but could use restoration. A lot of history about Tjong A Fie and his family, but the house itself is the best part. The guided tour is worthwhile.
Written January 9, 2023
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gernotalmen
Erlangen, Germany265 contributions
Jun 2023
Had a nice, free private tour around the mansion included in ticket. NO pressure for a tip. Nice interior, In some rooms (family shrine?) it's not allowed to take photos. Hidden between modern buildings, easy to miss.
Written August 23, 2023
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Ruth E
Medan, Indonesia4 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Tjong A Fie is the historical Chinese building in Medan. It is very beautiful place. It is do mainly popular in Medan. Located on central of the town. The entrance price is IDR 35k for each person and it is cheap. The price won't disappoint you, bc you'll see beautiful sightseeing inside and outside. You'll get knowledges from this museum about Chinese(domainly), etc. From the outside, the park's entrance is colourful and stunning. Many flowers are grow up in the garden. Also, the are tour guidances who guide us. Inside of the room is very beautiful. There are so many historical Chinese things inside of this place like paintings, books etc. Very historical things. No dust and everything is clean. From the highest floor we'll see one of Medan's busy road. The service is good. The tour guidances are friendly. On the other hand, Park is quiet lack available there(if u have vehicles) . This place is highly recommend if you want to know more about Chinese and enrich ur excitement place about traveling to Medan
Written March 19, 2018
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Kongco
Surabaya, Indonesia165 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
A truly hidden treasure until it was opened for public and tourism 4-5 years ago??

The house is still kept in fairly good condition and it is really a treasure. The entrance fees is Rph. 35.000 per person which I think is cheap as it is used to maintain and manage the house which I believe needs lots of money. The guided tour around the house provided by the family-management is also a good way to tell visitors about the history of the family however my guide yesterday told only about the Tjong A Fie's family and their life. It could have been more interesting if they could also tell us about the architecture, some of the displayed memorabilia etc etc, just two cents worth.

They also open a boutique selling Kebaya Nyonyas (Peranakan Style), a cafe is also in the making they say.

When I visited it was a Sunday afternoon, there was also a traditional dance performance at the courtyard. It was supplied and supported by local tourism office.

This Mansion is really a treasure and at all cost it has to be kept in good condition. Government must pay more attention in preserving this kind of place.
Written November 10, 2014
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datin_tan
Penang Island, Malaysia434 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
The site is raked #1 in tripadvisor among the attractions in Medan, I fully agree.

Tjong A fie mansion is quite well preserved for examples the furnitures and tiles are original. I have visited the similar thing in Penang (Chong Fatt Sze Mansion or also known as Blue House), my parents also did visit the Chong Fatt Sze Mansion in China and we all think this is the best preserved. Tjong A Fie (张耀轩) is the nephew of Cheong Fatt Sze (张弼士) and they were big Chinese tycoon at that time.

I'm glad to know that the building is now still belongs to the Tjong family and one of his great grand daughter was sitting near the ticket counter. Many original artifacts and pictures you can see inside the building.

The entrance fee is IDR35,000 (if I'm not wrong) with English speaking guide. But I think the information provided by the guide is too brief and limited. There must be a lot of interesting stories to tell in terms of the original owner, the history of the building, architecture structure of the house, feng shui.... etc to tell.
Written October 31, 2013
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Reginald P S
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I had extremely Low expectation when I heard about this place, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this place that offers us a peek of how colourful and grandeur the past of Medan used to be.

My favourite part of the house is the superbly grand dance hall on 2nd floor facing the front yard - it is really like stepping back a century back. What I also love is the extensive history of not only Tjong A Fie, but also his descendants which helps me build emotiaonal tie to the place. My advice to visitors is to go around with a guide, instead of on your own, so you get the most out of your visit here.

I love this place so much that I would like to offer suggestions (though i am not sure if anybody is actually looking at TripAdvisor, unlike the Blue Mansion, for example):
- there was a place for refreshment. I think it is possible to expand this section and make interesting offerings, e.g. tea ceremony for visitors, Peranakan food / snacks with nice tea sets, etc. Perhaps this can help to attract more visitors.
- not sure if I saw any donation boxes. I wanted to donate, but I was not sure if my monies would be used for better use, so will be good to have proper avenue.
- The Blue Mansion has shop selling handicrafts and book about the mansion, Tjong A Fie can definitely do the same.
Written December 25, 2018
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diki_dani
Jakarta, Indonesia158 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
On my fist solo trip to medan, I do a little research on what I can do during my stay.

Since the hotel where I stay is not that far to this Mansion, so first thing to do after breakfast is visiting the Tjong A Fie’s Mansion.

I was amazed by how they preserve the heritage.

To enter the mansion you have to pay Rp 35.000 as your donation for the maintenance. They also offer you a guide service with additional fee to give you some explanation on every corner of the mansion.
Written July 1, 2018
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tcyokohama
Melbourne, Australia202 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
The mansion's history is fascinating, the furnishings original, the guided tour is really well-done and it's astounding this gem has survived at all.

Cost is 35, 000 which includes the 1 hour guided tour(I got an English- speaking guide). There is a photo exhibition upstairs which you may want to go back to look over. I spent about 2 hours at the mansion and really wish I'd allowed more time.

Close by is the TipTop cafe.
Next door is the North Sumatra tourist office, if you need a map of the city or the region.
Written September 13, 2013
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Travel & Food Blogger Indonesia
Surabaya, Indonesia213 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Entering Tjong A Fie is like entering old Chinese Heritage in Singapore.. The building itself is quite large, and definitely recommended for Chinese Heritage Lovers..
Written August 27, 2013
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Dr_Igor_1971
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia686 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
Tjong A Fie Mansion is a heritage mansion located along Jalan Jendral A Yani in the historic core of the city of Medan. It is the mansion of the Chinese Indonesian tycoon, Tjong A Fie, nephew of the equally imminent Chinese immigrant, Cheong Fatt Tze of Penang. Tjong A Fie Mansion is double-storey mansion, constructed in Chinese-European-Art Deco style, and was completed in 1900, and said to have been modelled on the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. It was laid out in the style of a Chinese courtyard mansion with a gateway. Just a posed to the overall Oriental design are European and Art Nouveau design elements including concrete columns with ornamental capitals, and chandeliers suspended from a decorated ceiling. This Mansion was residential home and visitors can see a variety of exhibits – old furniture, his bed, tables, dinning area, grand living rooms, old photos, beautiful teapots, lots of antiques… The entire Tjong A Fie Mansion is only 2 storeys, but it is very spacious with 35 rooms in the entire Mansion.

Behind the mansion is story about Hakka Chinese businessman, banker and kapitan (Chinese major) who built a large plantation business in Sumatra. Tjong A Fie’s name has been legendary in Medan and closely related to the history of the busiest and biggest city in North Sumatera. Apart from being famous as a generous man, people also knew him as a benefactor who funded the construction of some major buildings in Medan, including the Maimun Palace and the Deli Sultanate Palace.

Tjong A Fie (1860-1921) was born poor in the village of Moy Hian, in the Southern Chinese province of Guangzhou. Arriving in Sumatra with only a few pieces of silver sewn into his belt, he started off right at the bottom of society, opening a shop called "Ban Yun Tjong", but proceeded to make his fortune on Sumatra's east coast in the plantation industry. Around the turn of the century, he is said to own 75% of the land in Medan. He, and his brother Tjong Yong Hian, were instrumental in the recruitment of Chinese labourers to work in the Sumatra plantations. Between 1870 and 1933, the number of Chinese immigrant coming to work in the estates totally over 300,000.

In addition to being a planter, he was a banker and industrialist, not to mention the owner of the opium trade monopoly in northern Sumatra. Together with his elder brother Tjong Yong Hian, he became the main supplier to the plantations. He initiated the opening of the railroad to connect Medan with the port of Belawan which later became "Deli Spoorweg Maatschappij" (Deli Railroad Company). In 1913 Tjong A Fie donated the bell tower for the old Medan City Hall building. After his brother died in 1911, Tjong A Fie succeeded him as a Kapitan Cina (Majoor der Chineezen), the head of the Chinese community and intermediary between the locals and the Dutch. The Tjong brothers were prominent philantrophists in the early days of Medan. Tjong A Fie's contribution uplifted him to the level of a legendary figure in Medan society. Like his uncle Cheong Fatt Tze, he was also awarded a royal title from the Emperor of China.

Guided tour (+ complimentary coffee) is 35,000.00 IDR.
Written December 23, 2012
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