CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION, A Famous Heritage
Building In George Town 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
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.
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
area were designed differently with modern concepts from
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
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.