House of Lay, Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Island

13th Anniv_House of Lay-1 (Copy)

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.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (13th Anniversary Edition) in 2016.


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