A Holiday In Georgetown, Penang 3.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
The Mansion in George Town is a museum dedicated to Penang’s Peranakan heritage. The museum itself is housed within a distinctive green-hued mansion at Church Street which once served as the residence and office of a 19th-century Chinese tycoon, Chung Keng Quee. The Mansion contains thousands of Peranakan artefacts, antiques and collectables, as well as showcasing Peranakan interior design and customs, such as the typical grand long dining table. The Straits Eclectic-style mansion, originally painted white, incorporated both European and Chinese designs. A five foot way was indented along the building’s side facade, while the interior contains a number of wide courtyards similar to the Chinese townhouses of the era. Chung also acquired European interior furnishings for his new mansion, such as Scottish cast iron works and Stoke-on-Trent ceramic floor tiles. These European features were incorporated with Chinese elements, such as the carved wooden panels and screen for the walls. It was acquired by a property developer in the 1990s, who repainted it green and, with over 1,000 Peranakan antiques, turned it into a museum dedicated to Penang’s Peranakan culture.
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