PENANG's Famous  Heritage Building - CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION




CHEONG  FATT  TZE  MANSION,  A Famous Heritage Building In George Town Penang

   
cheong-fatt-tze heritage mansion in georgetown,penang "Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion", related to the very rich business tycoon's name, was built in the 19th century. It obtained Year 2000 UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award and had been filmed in many TV documentaries on Travels, Exploring Malaysia and Discoveries. The mansion also won the Asean Tourism Association Excellence Award for Best Asean Cultural Preservation Effort in 2004 and the Malaysian National Architectural Award For Conservation in 1995.


The blue mansion has 38 rooms and 16 of which are now opened for guest house  accommodation service, offering the experience of a unique heritage which is too good to be true with modern luxurious facilities design comparable to a  5-star hotel standard. Room rates range from RM380 to RM800 depending on room size, location and theme facilities.

 

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion History In GeorgeTown, Penang

 

 

Functions of weddings, dinners and seminars can also rent the place to hold and capture memories of significant functions in a heritage theme.  Rental rates rage from RM2000 - RM12,000.

 

Fully conducted tours of the distinguish indigo blue painted building of Cheong Fatt Tze are available from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm daily.  It's is a good opportunity to view the extraordinary heritage architecture and the museum collection of antiques and paraphernalia belongings of the Cheong family.

The land acquisition, architectural design and construction of Cheong Fatt Tze would have involved consultation of well known fengshui masters at that time. This might help explain why the 2-storey Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is the only mansion with typical Chinese architectural design while all other mansion built within the same area were designed differently with  modern concepts from western influences under British rule at that time. 

The owner, Cheong Fatt Tze, also owned other mansion properties in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. But the mansion here in Penang seemed to be his favourite residence, and also the place for running his tycoon business. Even the Chinese Consulate was housed here in the past.

His family members stayed on the first floor of the building. As he had more than 1 wife, only the more preferred members of his family occupied bigger rooms in the central bay, while the remaining rooms in the other wings were left for those less preferred family members as similar to his distant relatives.

The running of his business activities and meeting with VIP guests were all carried out in the central hall of the building and this would be due to consultation of Fengshui masters. Worshipping and prayers were done in the ancestral hall in the back portion of the building, with the concept of protection of the surroundings from behind support by ancestors.

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