We decided to visit the Cheong Fat Tze Mansion which is one of the “things” to do in Penang apart from eat.
The huge blue mansion is on the edge of the new town and the old town. The house was owned by Cheong Fat Tze, a Chinese businessman who was Hakka, same as my family. The house had been abandoned and squatters had been living there when it fell out of the hands of the family.
In 1989 the house was bought by descendents of Cheong Fat Tze and restored over a number of years using original materials and methods. The house is now open for tours and you can even stay at the house in one of the restored rooms.
The tour around the house was given by one of the relatives who bought the property. She explained who Cheung Fat Tze was and how he came to live in Penang. There was some great details about the positioning of the house compared with the local houses and how the internal design of the house resulted in a cooling effect in the house and drainage of the internal courtyard.
On the second floor you were able to get near to some of the details including the amazing figures that were made from tiles / parts of broken plates.
It was a really good tour and very informative.
We headed for sushi later on and then in the evening headed to the streets for more food.