If you are planning a trip to Ranong, one of the landmarks you should not miss is Tien Sue Ancient House or Baan Tien Sue, a significant cultural and architectural gem of Ranong.
Let’s find out about its history and what it has to offer!
Constructed in the reign of King Rama V, Tien Sue Ancient House is one of the oldest houses in Ranong, lasting for more than 150 years.
The original owner was Mr. Tien Sue, the grandson-in-law of the first governor of Ranong and the governor of Trang. The house was built in 1890, which was 5 years after his marriage.
There is a story saying that in the era of Tien Sue, the trade was thriving and prosperous, which made him become one of the wealthy families.
Tien Sue often asked his children and grandchildren to help him count coins and pack them in bags used to keep tins in the courtyard. Hence, many people regard Tien Sue Ancient House as the treasury center of Ranong.
Currently, the landlord is uncle Ko Sup who is the sixth generation of the family.
About Baan Tien Sue
One fun fact about the name of this cultural site is that the word Tien (天 tiān) means heaven, and Sue (赐 cì) means give in Chinese. Therefore, when combining the two words, Tien Sue Ancient House refers to heaven-given or godsent (天赐 tiāncì).
Tien Sue Ancient House is a two-story house with a courtyard in the middle. Inside the house are actual everyday objects used by the ancestors and valuable antiquities such as lamps, paintings, carved tables and chairs, and rare wooden furniture. Together with old photos, they are useful evidence in telling stories about the past.
There are also various rooms for you to see, including a bedroom, a dining room, and a working office.
After your visit, you will know much better about the history of Ranong and the lifestyle of people back in the old days. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask uncle Ko Sup. He is more than happy to explain and clarify your doubts!
Besides being an educational and cultural attraction, Baan Tien Sue also has many great corners for pictures. You can rent traditional clothes called Baba-Nyonya at 300 THB for photoshoots too.
A popular photo spot is a wall painted with street arts (shown in the photo below). The giant white and red umbrellas with the word “Tien Sue” in Chinese are other highlights here.
Dressed in Baba-Nyonya Traditional Clothes
Moreover, at Tien Sue Ancient House, you can try the authentic and famous local dishes, including fried Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Pan-fried egg, and Angku snacks.
If possible, we recommend visiting Baan Tien Sue on Friday as there will be a cultural walking street on Dupkadee road, which is right in front of this ancient house, on Fridays after 4 PM.
The walking street was initiated to support local vendors in the community. At the same time, it is to help boost tourism in this quiet town. You can expect handmade goods as well as local food and snacks. You may even have a chance to watch rare traditional shows performed by locals from Ranong’s culture clubs.
The house is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM for visitors with no entrance fee. However, you may choose to put money in the donation box, which will be used for site maintenance.