Llhong 1919 – Discovering the riverside – before it’s too late

Huo Chuan Laung (steamer pier) was built during the reign of Rama IV – King Mongkut. Chinese merchants used to meet there to trade goods and to store their wares. But over time, the compound was abandoned and forgotten.
River view from Thonburi sideThe 168-year old building complex including the Mazu shrine built around 1850 by Phraya Phisansupaphol started to fall apart. The buildings face the river and a pier that was used by Chinese merchants (Japanese and Westerners landed in different locations at the time).Lhong 1919 outside
Although due to international marine trade, the activities at the Huo Chuang Laung were dying down in the beginning of the 20th century, the owner, a forefather of the current owners, added offices and warehouses in 1919.
And again, activities died down further and the buildings became decrepit. Until now.Llhong 1919 courtyard
With the development and the renewed focus on the riverside, the owners decided to renovate the heritage-rich buildings and restore as much as possible of their former glory.Llhong 1919 buildings
The classical Chinese architecture contains wooden floorboards and round timber columns. Teak wood fittings are being repaired. During the early part of the renovation, workers found embedded decorative patterns in tempera pigment. Llhong 1919 muralThe designers called in an expert from China to assess what they had uncovered. He confirmed that the buildings and their paintings were a tremendous treasure. Many similar buildings in South East Asia had been demolished and Huo Chuan Laung was ever more important. Llhong 1919 window
Normally, the sea-goddess in the Mazu shrine gives travelers protection for their journeys and casts a favorable eye on the visitors who come to pray for wealth. Currently, though, she is on vacation, as her home is also being restored.
Lhong 1919 will officially open on 3 November 2017 as a co-working space and infuse new life into the neighborhood in Khlong San.


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