Sanhe Yuan (三合院) – the traditional Chinese residential compound

During one of my biking trips within Taipei City, I came upon an old traditional Chinese residential compound known as Sanhe Yuan (三合院).

義芳居古厝
義芳居古厝

Sanhe Yuan is a three-section residential compound with a central main building and with two wings attached perpendicular to either side.

This residential compound known as Yifang Ju (義芳居) was constructed in 1876 and is now 138 years old as of this writing (October 29, 2014). Though it is a private property owned by the Chen (陳) family who migrated from Fujian (福建) province of China, this is now recognized by the Taipei City government as a historical site as shown on the plaque in this picture:

Taipei City government recognized historical site
Taipei City government recognized historical site

Below are some pictures of this historical site in different angles located at No. 128, Lane 155, Section 3, Keelung Road, Taipei City:

Main building
Main building
Left-wing building
Left-wing building
義芳居
義芳居

Not far from this house, there is another historical site known as Fanglan Mansion (芳蘭大厝). This is the original main residential compound of the patriarch of the Chen family but was expropriated by the government and is now part of National Taiwan University. This building was constructed in 1806 and is now 208 years old.芳蘭大厝

芳蘭大厝

It seems this building is on the verge of collapse and it is now protected by a steel structure over and above this building.

Here is a road sign showing the name of this building:

Street directional sign
Street directional sign

For those who are interested to know more about these historical sites and can read Chinese, here are some links:

義芳居古厝
芳蘭大厝
芳蘭大厝 Blog

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