"Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion" Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - The Blue Mansion Tip by Willettsworld


The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was built over a period of seven year between 1897 and 1904. It was one of the many houses belonging to Cheong Fatt Tze (1840-1916), also known locally as Teow Thiaw Siat, a Chinese of Hakka descent, who was one of the richest men in Southeast Asia, whose property stretched from Java to Sumatra, to Penang, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. But of all these properties, this mansion was his favourite residence. All eight of his sons were raised here and received a Western education at the St Xavier's Institution nearby. The house was also the home for his wives No. 3, 6 and 7.

A Chinese Mandarin of the highest order, a Consul General of the Qing Government, Special Trade Commissioner for South East Asia and a director of China's first modern bank and first railway, Cheong's death was acknowledged with flags flown at half-mast by Dutch and British Colonial Governments of the region. The mansion complex consists of 38 rooms, 5 courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows which contained stained glass imported from Staffordshire, England, Venetian shutters, Gothic timberworks and Victorian cast ironworks together with gold-leafed timber lattice work and Chinese ceramic decorations on roofs, gables and verandahs. Today, it's a boutique hotel.

Open: Guided tours at 11am and 3pm daily.

Address: 14 leith street, 10200 penang, malaysia
Directions: At Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
Phone: +60 4 2625289
Website: http://www.cheongfatttzemansion.com/

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