Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion
The majestic Blue Mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze is a beautiful, impressive and historic building to visit in George Town on the island of Penang, Malaysia.

Mansion Entrance
The distinctive indigo blue color of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo Plant. The blue was very popular in the Colonial period and the dye was imported from India to Penang by the British. The lime-wash was very effective in a tropical weather as it absorbed moisture and cooled the house and dispelled moisture without damage to the structural integrity of the walls.

Old Rickshaws
Mansion Interior
The magnificent 38-room, 220-window Blue Mansion was built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. It blends Eastern and Western designs with louvred windows, art nouveau stained glass and beautiful floor tiles. It's a rare surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese.

Up the stairs to Indigo Restaurant

Cheong lived in the Mansion with hundreds servants and house hold staff. The house was built using the principles of Feng Shui. He built a large building in front of the house so there could never be a dead end T at his front door. 

Indigo before the crowd arrived
Tours are offered in English 3 times a day to central parts of the house. In 2016, a restaurant Name Indigo was opened on the first floor of the mansion. It’s incredible place to tour and eat at.

Highly recommended!  

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