Although once an important stand-alone building, the Candranaya is today tucked away among highrise buildings in the Green Central City by Hotel Novotel at Jalan Gajah Mada 188. Built in the 18th century, this ancient Chinese building was owned by a rich Chinese merchant by the name of Khouw Tian Sek
Candranaya has a distinctive Chinese architecture with spacious rooms, where the interior of the house is decorated with intricate ornaments while its roof top has a tou-kung crown which is also fully ornamented.
Estimated to have been originally built in the early 19th century, nonetheless, the exact date when it was actually constructed remains unclear.
At the end of World War II, the Sin Ming Hui social organization made the house its head office. The organization helped and gave information to the war-stricken Chinese community. Sin Ming Hui conducted many works for social purposes. They established health clinics, sports clubs as well as arranged educational activities and organized a club in photography.
In 1962 the Sin Ming Hui social organization changed its name to the Tjandra Naja and later to Candranaya.