Inn, Thalang Road
Art Gallery is managed by Khun Tee Rojcheewapan who also runs
Talang Guesthouse on the same street.
18 and No. 20 Thalang Road are a historic ensemble associated
with a historical personality of Phuket, tin miner and financial
agent Tan Ma Siang.
No. 20 was the business premises while No. 18 was the residence
where he stayed here with his wife and in-laws of the Ong family.
No. 20 Thalang Road was Hap Long Huat, a foreign money
exchange an remittance agency. Two semi-circular gilded signs
above the windows advertise the business.
antique dealer Siew Ngoi and her Australian husband Allen John
had been eyeing the house for many years as it fell into decay.
one day it was up for lease. They found the house in ruins with
the broken down doors, windows and other building parts in a large
heap of rubble.
a great deal of creativity and two years work, the house was transformed
into an antique showcase, restaurant and garden café.
restoration was advised by Allen John, a professional upholstery
restorer who occasionally does work for English Heritage. When
asked why they put so much money, time and effort into restoring
an old Chinese house, the couple replied, This is everybodys