• So Heng Tai House

    Saving Bangkok's oldest Chinese residence

  • Project description

    The Song Heng Tai House's history goes back to the lat 18th century is thus the city's oldest in tact residence that is in family ownership. The house is facing a number of structural issues that need to be urgently addressed. Khun Poosak, the owner of the So Heng Tai Mansion does not want donations, instead we are developing social business ideas that will help raise the funds necessary to address these issues. You will find details on the issues and solutions further down the page.

  • What So Heng Tai currently offers

    Diving School

    The diving school is the main business for the family


    Income of the cafe helps to sustain the house


    A place to wind down

  • Problems that need to be addressed

    There are number of issues, some small, some large. The two main structural problems that are urgent and need to be solved are:

    Collapsing South Wall

    Cost estimate 600,000

    Due to soft underground and the weight of the building the wall is near collapse. The risk is that it could take the structure with it. So Heng Tai needs competent architects and teams to stabilize the buildings and replace the wall.

    Roof replacement

    Cost Estimate: ?

    The last renovation is over 40 years ago. The architect at that time removed the original tiles and replaced them with cement tiles and cement overlay which increased the weight of the roof more than five times what the structure can bear.

  • Project Owner

    Khun Poosak is the 8th generation living and taking care of the So Heng Tai House. His dream is to restore the house to its past beauty and become the center piece of the Talaad Noi Community for educational tourism.

  • Brief overview of the project

    Project Type

    Architectural Preservation of the 230 years old So Heng Tai house in Talaad Noi. First Phase: Wall stabilization.

    600,000THB Phase 1

    Budget needed to repaire the south wall of the So-Heng Tai House. Fundraising status tentative.

    Heritage architect

    Architect needed with competency in historical and architectural preservation to manage the project.

    Project location

    282 Soi Wanit 2, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100


    282 ซอย วานิช 2 แขวง ตลาดน้อย เขตสัมพันธวงศ์ กรุงเทพมหานคร 10100


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