Pinang Peranakan Mansion

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Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Pinang Peranakan Mansion, George Town, Penang.jpg
Pinang Peranakan Mansion is located in central George Town, Penang
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Location in George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site (purple)
Former names Hai Kee Chàn (Hokkien)
General information
Type Historic house museum
Architectural style Straits Chinese Eclectic
Address 29 Church Street,
10200 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia
Town or city George Town, Penang
Country Malaysia
Coordinates 5°25′05″N 100°20′28″E / 5.417999°N 100.341192°E / 5.417999; 100.341192Coordinates: 5°25′05″N 100°20′28″E / 5.417999°N 100.341192°E / 5.417999; 100.341192
Current tenants Pinang Peranakan Mansion Sdn. Bhd.
Groundbreaking 1893; 125 years ago (1893)
Technical details
Floor count 2
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv
Designated 2008 (32nd session)
Reference no. 1223
Region Asia-Pacific

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion (Malay: Rumah Agam Peranakan Pulau Pinang) in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, is a museum dedicated to Penang's Peranakan heritage. The museum itself is housed within a distinctive green-hued mansion at Church Street, George Town, which once served as the residence and office of a 19th century Chinese tycoon, Chung Keng Quee.[1]

The mansion contains thousands of Peranakan artifacts, antiques and collectibles, as well as showcasing Peranakan interior design and customs, such as the typical grand long dining table (Malay: tok panjang). Due to its unique architecture and interior design that reflect the lifestyles of the Peranakans in Penang, the mansion has been featured in television series and reality TV shows, such as The Little Nyonya, The Amazing Race and The Amazing Race Asia.[2][3]

Chung Keng Quee founded the town of Taiping in Perak.

History[edit]

Chung Keng Quee Temple is situated next to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
Front facade of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion

The mansion itself was formerly named Hai Kee Chan, which means the 'Sea Remembrance Hall' in Penang Hokkien, by Chung Keng Quee, who was the Kapitan China of Perak and one of the richest men in Penang in the late 19th century.[4] He commissioned the construction of the mansion in the 1890s, having bought the piece of land in 1893. The site was formerly used by the Ghee Hin, a Chinese secret society that was a rival of Chung's Hai San. Both societies had clashed in the 1867 Penang Riots, which ultimately led to the decline of the Ghee Hin.

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.[2] These European features were incorporated with Chinese elements, such as the carved wooden panels and screen for the walls.

In addition, a temple honouring Chung himself was built next to the mansion. A life-sized statue of Chung still stands inside the temple, which is also adorned with portraits of Chung and his family members.

Chung Keng Quee died in 1901 and the mansion was passed down to his descendants. However, the mansion gradually became derelict. 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.

Media appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pinang Peranakan Mansion Home Page". www.pinangperanakanmansion.com.my. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b II, Administrator. "Pinang Peranakan Mansion". www.visitpenang.gov.my. Archived from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  3. ^ "The Amazing Race Season 16 Episode 8 - CBS.com". CBS. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  4. ^ The Chinese in Penang - A Pictorial History (Binglang Yu Hua ren shi tu lu), Tan, Kim-Hong, ISBN 978-983-42834-7-6

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