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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang

Posted by on Jun 4th, 2007
Filed Under: Penang, Sights

Penang Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Built in the 1880s, this famous indigo-blue Chinese Courtyard House in Georgetown was the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze. The majestic mansion was built by master craftsmen from China using building materials imported from the West over a seven year period between 1896 and 1904. The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion of 38 rooms, five granite-paved courtyards, seven staircases and 220 windows was designed to reflect Cheong Fatt Tze’s stature and eclectic approach to life.

Penang Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The mansion is one of three stately Chinese-style dwellings remaining outside of China, and is the only one in Southeast Asia. This building is particularly unusual, however. While it represents the best of eighteenth and nineteenth century Chinese architecture and is laid out according to Chinese Feng Shui principles and decorated with intricate carvings, chien nien and Chinese lattice-work, the courtyard-house also has an intriguing array of other influences. These include art nouveau stained glass, Gothic louvered windows, Stoke-on-Trent geometric floor tiles and Scottish cast-iron elements; a reflection of the times at the end of the 19th Century when the myths and magic of the Chinese Kingdom embraced the glory of the British Empire in a whirling pool of cross-cultural energies.

In 2000, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion received the inaugural Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award, selected as the ‘Most Excellent Project’ in the Asia Pacific Rim.

Tours of Cheong Fatt Tze mansion are available at 11.00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

Price : RM 10.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Mansion

Location: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang

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