Situated in old Surabaya this stately Dutch colonial-style
compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Previously used as an orphanage managed by the Dutch
it was purchased in 1932 by Liem Seeng Tee the founder of
Sampoerna with the intent of it being used as Sampoernas
first major cigarette production facility.
The compound consisted of a large central auditorium two
smaller buildings on the east and west sides and numerous
large single story open-space structures behind the central
auditorium. The side buildings were converted to family
residences and the large warehouse-like structures were used
to accommodate facilities for tobacco and clove processing
blending hand-rolling and packaging printing and finished
Today the compound is still functioning as a production plant
for Indonesias most prestigious cigarette Dji Sam Soe. In
commemoration of Sampoernas 90th anniversary in 2003
the central complex has been painstakingly restored and is
now open to public.
The original central auditorium is now a museum and a shop. The east side has been transformed into a unique structure containing a café and an art gallery. The building on the west side remains the official family residence.