Penang Travel Tips And Things To Do In Penang



The population of Penang island is mainly Chinese, who are descendants from the early immigrants who had migrated from China.  They came in large groups as early as the 19th century to seek fortune when the island was a prosperous spice trading port under British rule at that time.

georgetown famous heritage mansion buildings in penang

Many of them started to make a living by working as labourers in all kinds of work field to earn a living and start a family in Penang.  Some worked as apprentices for many years with very low monthly allowance to learn up the skill as goldsmith in jewellery making.  The Chinese immigrants were  very hardworking and thrifty. The more proactive groups had better luck and were able to start their own business with their thrifty savings kept over the years.


The educated groups definitely get better opportunities for expanding their business.  They married more than one wife and built big mansions for all the wives and children to stay together as it was a traditional Chinese culture. When they become prosperous, their first married wife who might be staying back in China before their migration period would then come over together with their parents to join them in Penang. 



The need for social gatherings and clan group meetings were required and resulted in the construction of buildings for individual clans, guilds and places for worship such as temples and churches. And Georgetown is the heritage city where the Chinese community is most concentrated.


Selected Chinese Heritage Building To Visit Around Georgetown Heritage Site

Cheong Fatt Tze Building
( Blue Mansion )
Mansion of a very rich tycoon built in 19th century. Awarded Year 2000 UNESCO Heritage Award For Best Conservation.  Part of the premises cater for big function conventions and as hotel accommodation with deluxe facilities.

Khoo Kongsi A Chinese architectural assembly hall built between 1894 and 1906, representing the opulence and prosperity of the Khoo clan.  Selected as the heritage location for filming the movie 'Anna And The King'

Pinang Peranakan Mansion The mansion offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of  Cina Peranakan big families living together, their traditions and customs. Cina Peranakan (Baba Nyonya) descended from the unique mix-marriages between local Malays and Chinese immigrant settlers.

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