The long and painstaking restoration of this magnificent building has successfully projected Peranakan Mansion to be one of the best Georgetown tourist attractions on the heritage trail, this is a must see for any self respecting tourist.
Many of these exhibits were specially commissioned by the Baba and Nyonya families and handed down through the generations.
Peranakan Mansion is not just an architectural delight, it is also a museum displaying some of the finest antique furniture that gives a wonderful insight into the opulence of the lifestyle of yesteryear.
The Peranakans, created a unique lifestyle by adopting selected ways of the local Malays and the colonial British resulting in a rich legacy of antiques and cultural influences that are still evident to this day.
A distinctive feature of European influence includes the French style design of 'Fleur De Lis' on the decorative ironwork.
The eclectic style lavished on the internal design incorporating Chinese style carved wood panels, the finest imported English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks typified the home of a rich and successful businessman of the period.
With its ornate cast iron fencing and gates extending from both sides of the building, the mansion portrays a magnanimous picture of the profligacy of its owners.
The Peranakan Mansion displays a fine grandeur typical of the architectural opulence exuded by one of the finest Baba houses in Penang.
Many prominent dignitaries of the time were entertained there and Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee is known to have held many important business meetings at this location.
Built at the end of the nineteenth century by the rich and colourful personality Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee, it was commonly referred to by the unassuming name of 'Hai Kee Chan' or Sea Remembrance Store.
The magnificent Peranakan Mansion is located at 29 Church Street in Georgetown, it is without doubt the finest example of a Baba-Nyonya mansion open for viewing within the confines of the architectural splendour that is the Georgetown Unesco world heritage centre.
The main staircase makes use of both local and imported materials in its construction; local Merbau and Cengal wood for the steps and handrail, with balusters of cast iron.
Decorative Victorian cast ironworks grace both the lower and upper floors of the inner courtyard, the support columns display elegant fluted bases crowned with majestic Corinthian capitals.
There are elaborate traditional costumes on display together with accessories, lovely porcelain pieces as well as furniture and works of art imported from China and Europe.
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Peranakan Mansion Georgetown
The magnificent Peranakan Mansion is without doubt the finest example of a Baba-Nyonya mansion open for viewing within the Georgetown Unesco world heritage enclave
Peranakan Mansion is not just an architectural delight, it is also a museum displaying some of the finest antique furniture that gives a wonderful insight into the opulence of the lifestyle of yesteryear
Written by: Michael Joseph
Date published: 10/05/2012
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29, Lebuh Gereja, Georgetown
GPS Latitude - 5.417964
GPS Longitude - 100.341271
Hours: Mon-Fri 09.30am - 05.00pm - Sat-Sun 09.30am - 05.00pm
Peranakan Mansion - Useful Info
Admission Ticket Fee - RM10
Children Below 6 - Admission Free
Venue Hire - Yes, Available For Private Gatherings and Events
Lebuh Gereja is Church Street
Photography and Video Not Allowed For Commercial Purposes
1000 plus Antiques and Collectibles On Show
Former Residence Of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee
The staircase and the main inner courtyard have a real feel of period sophistication about them, it is easy to imagine a successful family living here.