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“Chinese New Year 2013@ Tjong A Fie's Mansion”

Tjong A Fie's Mansion
Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Medan
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Tjong A Fie's Mansion is one of heritage in Medan. My friend and I were looking for a good place to take pictures wearing qi bao for this coming chinese new year. At first, we were considering either Sun plaza or Cambridge Mall but those place are way too modern for qi bao so we came out with an idea and looking for old ancient kind of chinese building. We ended up going to Tjong A Fie's Mansion. :) We had a good experience there and we got to meet Mimi Tjong (Tjong A Fie's Daughter). She is a very nice lady. Thanks for the hospitality and we also took pictures together. Here you are, Happy Chinese new year 2013!!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you like history, this will be an interesting place that you will enjoy it !!

The mansion location is in the heart of Medan City at Kesawan Square. This beautiful mansion is full of characters and cultures behind its history in Medan. At first, it was opened for limited only in 2009. He developed his social skills interacting with people of all races, Chinese, Melayu, Arab, India, including Dutch... that is one of the good reasons why you have to visit his mansion, a heritage treasure that was constructed in Chinese-European-Art Deco style and it took 5 years to finish it in 1900. The mansion is 6000 m2, but there are only 15 rooms that are open for public.

"There on the earth where I stand, I hold the sky.
Success and glory consist not in what I have gotten
but in what I have given."
-Tjong A Fie.


- A glance of Tjong A Fie's History -

Tjong A Fie alias Tjong Fung Nam was born in 1860 in SungKow Village Canton, China. As a highly spirited young man he left mainland China and headed for the east coast of Sumatra. He landed in Kampoeng Laboen (Belawan) in 1877. As he established his new life in the sultanate of Deli, he built a thriving grocery business. Upon seeing his success the Dutch government appointed him as a government official, with the initial rann of lieutenant, till mayor to take care of social affairs, especially for the chinese community. Tjong A Fie later built the city of Medan by building mosques, temples, church, hospital, orphanages and bridge. He also was appointed as an honorary officer of the chinese empire for the far east during the era of the Ching dynasty.Tjong A Fie died in Medan on February 4th 1921, He became a philantrophy ever since.


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At that time, my guided is one of Tjong A Fie's descendants....big big big family I must say!

Entry fee - 30.000,00 IDR (include guided tour and I got a wall calender 2013)

Visiting hours - Everyday from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

A nice place/house to view, located in a heart of city just opposite famous TIP TOP bakery.
The entrance fee is included the guide fee, if you are happy with their service you can add some tips for the guide

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Tjong A Fie is a heritage mansion belongs to Chinese Indonesia tycoon. It's very beautiful and well preserved. I only need to pay IDR 35K to get in and there's guide to accompany and explain everything to you with no additional cost. The building, interior, paintings are all beautiful. It is a must visit place when you go to Medan. Too bad I was alone that I could not take self-picture at the mansion.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

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.

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