Things up high (I) – Ban Cheong Goldsmith

Let me start a new Series on Things Up High. I am not sure if I am obsessed, but when I am back in Batu Pahat, I walked around Batu Pahat looking high up at the buildings. If you also do that like me, you will realise that many buildings in Batu Pahat have unique designs, symbols or motifs on the walls or roof.

Let me start by showing you Ban Cheong Goldsmith. You can see the this building stands out amongst her neighbours. It is a two in one instead of individual unit. (Though technically you can see two shops).

Ban Cheong Goldsmith

Taking a closer look, it is actually built in 1939.
I wonder is that suppose to be a flag pole, or just a decorative ornament.

Ban Cheong Goldsmith

If you are sharp enough, you will realise on the two corners, there are stone carvings of animals. That is a lion right? I wonder why lions?

Ban Cheong Goldsmith

Look at the motifs, look there’s even two hands that point to the name in the centre.

Ban Cheong Goldsmith

Well, if anyone knows more about this building or what the symbols or motifs mean, share with others here.

3 thoughts on “Things up high (I) – Ban Cheong Goldsmith

  1. Genesis on

    The shops beside Ban Cheong are also goldsmiths and they have also been renovated over the years. I remember Ban Cheong stood majestically in the 50s and 60s along Jalan Enggan. One family who stayed beside Ban Cheong could fill in alot of your questions and one family member was my classmate, his surname being ‘Fung’ and currently reside in USA. I shall drop him a line to ask him more about Ban Cheong.

  2. When I was very young, my mother would bring me to visit an uncle and aunty who lived here .. i recall my visits with fond memories .. but many years have passed, and many people have passed on. I miss those days ..

  3. Mr Chow W. K. on

    Ban Cheong Goldsmith was founded by a Baba Nyonya lady and her husband. Their black and white photos hung prominently inside the shop front. It was filled with old antique furniture downstairs and upstairs. The counter was in solid wood, with brass railings on the counter top. The upstairs was originally 3 bedrooms. The largest bedroom in the front was the bedroom of the Nyonya lady founder. She had a large antique brass railing bed she slept on, and a black and white t.v. They had a bachelor who came from China, Fatt Pak, who worked as a gold repairer there for many years. He slept downstairs on a wooden canvas folding bed. The Baba Nyonya lady had a son, Seow …, who married and had 2 boys, and a daughter. He left home and went to Sabah, for more than 20 years, leaving his wife and children to grow up in the shophouse. The eldest son, Seow Kok Chee was educated in England as the family could afford it then, the younger son, Seow Kok Thai, married a Kuching girl, had 2 daughters and a son, (and like his father, left his family behind in the shophouse and migrated to Haadyai, South Thailand. The youngest, a daughter named “Ah Moi” married a Singaporean and migrated to Singapore.

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