Colonial style mansions, Penang
IF YOU LIKE ANTIQUES, THEN YOU WILL LIKE THIS MANSION
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, were a prominent community of the Straits Chinese, who adopted selected ways of the local Malays, and later, the colonial British. This created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques, but cultural influences like cuisine and language that are still evident in Penang today.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago. It has been recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions.
With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansions with stylish architecture.
It was built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ and once was the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home.
It incorporates Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. The Mansion has now been restored, it and the furniture inside is beautiful!
Adults in 2009....RM10.00
OPEN.....Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays from 9:30 am to 5 pm
When I visited photos were allowed, but I see now they have banned this and......
NO PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED, .....what a shame!
From the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal, walk across Pengkalan Weld (main street), then turn right to see the junction to Gat Lebuh China (or China Avenue).
Wisma Kastam (Office of Customs Department) is just right at the corner. This old British colonial building was named Malayan Railway Building. It was completed in 1907. It was not a Railway Station, but a ferry and railway ticket office for Penang. People bought a ticket here and took a ferry to Butterworth to board a train. The building has a clock tower and even with light after dark.
Along the same street, you will continue to see more colonial buildings like the Georgetown Chamber and Bangunan Uab, and etc.
From Gat Lebuh China, turn left on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keiling I discovered one of the most beautiful side of Penang during sunrise.
Next: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kiling
On the road to Batu Ferringhi there are still some old colonial mansions that have resisted the urban speculation. However, sometimes the old buildings have had to learn to live under the shadow of extravagant modern buildings in Asian style. The blend, as you can see in the pictures, is bizarre and dépaysant.
I enjoyed watching Singaporean TV series Little Nyonya a lot and I knew they actually shot the show in Penang. So this is the reason I paid a sort visit to this mansion.
I was really impressed by how the owner maintained everything in this house, they are not replicas and yet still well-preserved. To be honest, I am a fan of Peranakan culture because I like the fusion style combining Chinese, Malayan, and the Western altogether in an harmonious balance...
Please come pay a visit with RM10, you will have a short guided tour and astonishing culture lesson.
Another beautiful building left behind by the British empire ...at night it is also a must see sight becos it will be lit up with thousands of bulbs ....