"Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses." - Maggie Kuhn
Lasem, as one of the first city where the Chinese first landed in Indonesia, might have the closest ambience to the ancient cities of China. However, acculturation between both the local Javanese and the Chinese is inevitable. One of those are materialized in the form of architecture.
Despite its main function as a hostel, The Red House - its nick name (not to be confused with Mr.Grey’s Red Room), is actually a low rise mixed use compound which incorporate several other function as well.
Upon arrival at the compound in the east, there lies commercial function restaurant & cafe. Moving westward, visitors are directed to a courtyard, a typical feature found on almost all Chinese houses which is converted to a Batik gallery, workshop, and a reception desk welcoming the guests of the hostel.
From there, guests are guided through a hallway of batik gallery displaying the batik of Lasem along with the stories and philosophy behind them.
At the end of the hallway, we reach the main building of the compound which function as living area and rooms for rent, surrounded by terrace
The whole parts of the building are fully furnished with Chinese antiques and ornaments down to the details.
not adding additional washroom on each room.
Just like the old days, guests will have to go all the way to the back to wash. Not to worry though, because water taps and showers are provided already, so you don’t have to get the clean water from the well.
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