Malacca, Malaysia

SELAMAT DATANG KE LIU MEN

Let’s take a journey back to a few decades from before the war in Malaysia.

Once, within this narrow street west of Melaka river, stood six shop-houses where various families, each with different backgrounds resided in Jalan Tokong. Sometime before 1939, as the story goes, the families left their homes and the uniquely contrasting shop-houses were then renovated and transformed into a new residence for a single family. A mansion.

Fast forward to today, the 21st century, this pre war structure experience a rebirth, like a phoenix, it has risen once again from the ashes. Reborn as Liu Men. Liu Men or “six doors” holds a special meaning to us. Six, or (?, LIÙ), not just a literal translation, it is an auspicious number symbolising a smooth journey and travel. This became one of the inspirations behind the name.

What is celebrated in Liu Men is a celebration of cultures where we could find the perfect harmony of East and West. Throughout the interior of Liu Men, the 1930s colonial art deco influences can be seen with its geometric shapes, that have not only been introduced, but embraced. These bold shapes are added with a distinctly Eastern twist of the vibrant reds symbolising joy or luck in playful chaos, all play a part in what we identify with in the Chinese Peranakan culture, that is centred around the families and their neighbours. Invited in with open arms, our guests are treated with honour and warmth that a family member would be.

Like coming back to that familiar corner of your own home.