Chung Thye Phin Villa – Relau
Chung Thye Phin (1879 – 1935) is the fourth son of the Hakka tin-miner Chung KengKwee. He received his education at St. Xavier’s Institution and he became a well-known miner and planter in Perak. He was made the last Chinese Kapitan of Perak and a member of the Perak State Council.
Chung Thye Phin Road in Ipoh was named after him.
According to his granddaughter Oola goes, “Chung Thye Phin had many residences, some of them mansions, in Penang, Ipoh and Taiping. … He built a summer house on a large estate near Relau and surrounded it with gardens, orchards and fish ponds. However its most striking feature was the fact that it was built around a swimming pool (the first in Penang) in the Roman tradition. This house still exists in its ruined state, now surrounded by high rise 21st century flats.”
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“I urge the Penang State Government, local authorities and related agencies to urgently take action to save the Chung Thye Phin Villa (Relau). Its intrinsic value is famed for the architectural summer house built in a Roman tradition with swimming pool surrounding it. Regrettably the elegant villa, in its ruins, is surrounded by high rise flats which deteriorate its uniqueness.
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