The name Telok Ayer means water bay in Malay. This shophouse, the former premises of Chuan Thye Paper Merchant, was built on what used to be the waterfront as land on this side of the street was reclaimed in the late 19th century. On the façade of the shophouse are calligraphic panels with Chinese characters taken from Yue Yang Lou Ji (岳阳楼记), a famous prose composed by Fan Zhongyan (范仲淹), a prominent Northern Song statesman and literary figure.
This shophouse was restored from 2001 to 2002.
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