In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Door.
I don’t know why but coincidentally, this theme is very related to one post I’ve published earlier about Mr. Dinger’s Grave, because in there were also two photos about door. Both of them portrayed the same, the mausoleum’s door. An old and rusty wooden door with iron padlock, and they maybe aged the same as the grave itself, 98 years.
But as I wander in my external hard disk which holds all of my collections since I owned this camera, accidentally I met with one photo about door which I took in my trip in Medan, North Sumatera. It’s a gate to one big townhouse there, owned by a Chinese, named Tjong A Fie. Now the house is served as a museum, and people could take a tour there, accompanied by a guide.
The guide will show visitors all rooms in the mansion (except one room used for praying) and explains the (long) history of Tjong A Fie, founder of Kesawan Bank (now QNB Kesawan) and his family. It’s a beautiful house, and when someone enters it, one couldn’t help feeling that the environment isn’t in Indonesia anymore, we’ve already moved to China. At least that’s what I felt when the guide took us to a journey exploring the house.
You should visit the mansion when you’re visiting Medan. For the complete story about my journey, I’m finishing it now so I couldn’t tell the full story here. But I could tell that it was an astonishing one. The mansion, as well as the city, is full of surprises, from its history to its culinary.