Some movies are not meant to be forgotten. That is why people classify them as classic movies. The 1960 movie based on Richard Mason’s best selling novel of the same title, The World of Suzie Wong, is among these.
Starring the legendary William Holden and the oriental beauty Nancy Kwan, this movie beautifully captured the bittersweet love story between an English painter and and a young Chinese prostitute set in Hong Kong.
The movie shows Hong Kong during the post-war era in the late 1950s. The stories illustrated the world of Suzie Wong in Hong Kong, particularly in the Nam Kok Hotel which was actually a reputable brothel in Wanchai area where Robert Lomax (played by Holden) also lived.
To many, especially for people from the west, Hong Kong in that era was considered exotic. Women wearing cheongsam, billboards with large Chinese characters were everywhere. Red lanterns and rickshaws were some of the very common sights seen in Hong Kong in the late 1950s, and all can be seen in the movie.
Inspired by the movie, Tugu Hotels Group, which is well-known for bringing nostalgic concepts into their hotels and restaurants, brings the world of Suzie Wong from the past into the present.
The Suzie Wong Bar is located inside Tugu Kunstkring Paleis -- an art gallery and restaurant complex nestled in a 100-year-old historical building in the urban district of Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Jl. Teuku Umar 1.
Two giant original hand-painted ‘The World of Suzie Wong' movie posters from the old cinema in Menteng in the 1960s, which are from the private collection of the restaurant's owner, are the main attraction of this bar. Also beautiful oriental partition screens, Nam Kok Hotel sign and a rickshaw from the movie as well as other oriental ornaments strongly recreate the romantic aura of the past.
Sipping cocktails while sitting on the carved Chinese-style wooden sofa dominated by red cushions, with an array of giant red lanterns painted with Chinese characters hanging from the ceiling, it’s hard not to imagine yourself in old Hong Kong rather than in modern Jakarta.
To enchance the nostalgic mood of the era of Suzie Wong, the bar has creatively named their signature cocktails including Wanchai 1957, Long Lost Dream, Rendezvous at the Nam Kok Hotel and The First Time I Kissed Suzie.
Unwind, rest and relax in elegant yet seductive dim lighting with a drink, accompanied by the in-house lounge music -- a mixture of old oriental songs and jazzy tunes by the French songbird Edith Piaf – will definitely bring you closer to the world of Suzie Wong in the middle of busy Jakarta.