FuFu Travel - Georgetown, Penang
10th - 14th June 2009 + Lap Six +
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements - Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion located at Church Street.
Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today.
The main entrance that facing the street is closed.
The side entrance to the mansion.
It's highly favoured by rich Peranakan style of architecture.
Such a beautiful culture must not be allowed to waste away.
Upon entering, you would know what series shooting there before.
There's a courtyard in this mansion.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion is the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago. It's originally the home of Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee, leader of the Penang and Perak Hai San groups from 1860 to 1884. He was a 19th century Hakka tin miner and secret society leader of Hai San.
Portraits of Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee and his wife.
The living hall of the mansion. Gorgeous.
Bursting with beautiful Peranakan antiques and collectibles, the Mansion is now a museum dedicated to showcasing the unique opulent lifestyle of these people, customs and traditions of the Peranakan.
FuFu slowly falling in love with this stately mansion.
The guy's closet. Simple. Spacious.
The girl's closet. Complicated. Cosmetic.
The make up table for girls.
The sewing machine and the Nyonnya's costume.
The bedroom of a newly wedded couple. Splendid.
This opium bed is SHORT but awesomely made!
The old Baba and Nyonnya's wedding picture.
The modern Baba and Nyonnya's wedding picture.
This mansion has tonnes of antiques.
The chairs can be bit until few hundred thousands dollars.
This cabinet was imported from England.
The lovely main hall of the mansion. Beautiful.
The Chinese styled dining room. Grand.
Richly decorated with European-styled teak furniture and Victorian ceramic figures, Baba households even have a separate Western styled dining room meant for entertaining peers and European guests.
The Western styled dining room. So posh.
See the pillars that imported from England!
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is unique and incorporates various Chinese and Western architecture such as Chinese carved-wood panels, English floor tiles and Scottish iron works. According to the brochure, it's filled with more than 1,000 antiques and collectibles.
The upper floor displaying the artificial antiques and collectibles.
And also the owner's collections in the cabinets.
Set of a tableware once belong to the wealthy Baba and Nyonya.
The atmosphere was way too great!
FuFu was loving it!
Damn, life of the Kapitan must be heavenly good century ago.
The living room for the family on the upper floor.
It displays some old pictures of Babas and Nyonyas too.
If you observe carefully, mirrors are hanging everywhere.
The beautiful Chinese carved-wood panels.
The room where the ladies gathered and played cards together.
The infinity mirror! First time FuFu heard about it.
The ornate interior of a Peranakan mansion. Awesome.
Damn, the floor tiles too imported from England.
FuFu knows why the series wanna come here for shooting.
This mansion real creates a nice ambience.
Seriously, FuFu never expected the mansion would be this nice!
The elegant staircase.
The kitchen is separated with the house.
Dang, they had this little yard as well.
The maids and servants had their meals in the kitchen.
The different basket carries different stuff.
The antique food cover.
The kitchen is very spacious.
Maids and servants lived upstairs.
The ancient bento boxes. Antique.
Then proceeded to the hidden room next to the kitchen.
A stunning banquet hall!
The painting is so well preserved!
The great chandelier light and set of posh cushion chairs.
And also this awesome painting.
A wooden clavichord. Antique!
The millionaire always come here for the wedding dinner.
The house that contains gold and black ancestral tablets.
This ancestral hall is simply nice.
Look up or you will miss the best sculpting of the mansion.
Table and chairs were purposely put or originally was there?
The entrance fee is RM10 per person, children in school uniforms pay RM5 and children below 12 years old can enter free. The fee is including a guide to explain you everything about the mansion. Believe, the stories of Baba and Nyonya are interesting! The mansion has now already been restored to its former glory of a stately home so it real worth my 10 bucks. For detailed info, please visit here.
Coming to Penang, FuFu wouldn't miss the Penang chicken rice.
But it rather looked like Ipoh style (bean sprouts chicken rice).
After lunch, FuFu took the free shuttle bus back to Komtar.
FuFu was waiting the bus bound for Batu Feringgi.
A very old bus station but quite well organised.
The bus conductor kept shouting "Batu Feringgi".
Hopped on the bus heading to Golden Sands Resort.