The Pin Kong Legacy
Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Hongki Lisstiyadi
Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island is referred to as “Pin Kong” in some local Chinese dialects. The phrase is a portmanteau of “Pinang” and “kong”, which is Chinese for harbour. The city, which is the capital of Bangka-Belitung province, grew rapidly during the days of a lead mining rush in Kampung Air Mesu. The town boasts a long history that includes the saga of the Lay family, which emigrated from mainland China. One building that bears witness to the family’s storied history is the House of Lay.
This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (13th Anniversary Edition) in 2016.