For an example of Penang’s rich Peranakan heritage, there’s no better place than the Penang Peranakan Mansion to experience the rich culture and history of the Peranakan people!
Currently serving as a museum, visitors can learn more about Peranakan culture in this affluent household of a bygone era.
With no limit to how long you can explore, this impressive light green mansion is hard to miss in George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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Penang Peranakan Mansion History
Originally used as Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee’s Residence/Office on Church Street:
The Penang Peranakan Mansion is a Chinese courtyard-style mansion built during the 19th century.
Chung Keng Kwee had the mansion built at the height of his influence, and it was finally completed in 1895.
Once named Hai Kee Chan (or Sea Remembrance Hall), its initial exterior had a white coat, unlike the current coat of mint green!
The 2-story mansion adopts a Straits Eclectic style, a popular choice among the wealthy Peranakan back in those days.
It has further influence from other styles, with Chinese, English, and Scottish materials and design!
As his name suggests though, Chung Keng Kwee himself was not of Peranakan (or Baba) descent:
As a Chinese immigrant, he found success in the Hai San society, rising through the ranks to become the Kapitan Cina (Chinese captain) of the local Chinese in Penang.
After Chung’s passing in 1901, the mansion was left to his descendents. Who abandoned it after losing their riches in WWII.
Much later in the 20th century, Peter Soon, a Peranakan architect, bought and restored the mansion to its former glory.
It’s also where he keeps his astounding collection of over 1,000 Peranakan artifacts, which is probably how the name Penang Peranakan Mansion came to be!
The mansion is now a public museum and key attraction in Penang, and has since been featured in hit shows including Crazy Rich Asians and The Amazing Race too!
Penang Peranakan Mansion Opening Hours
Consider visiting other outdoor attractions nearby like Little India and Fort Cornwallis first.
Then as the heat intensifies, make your way to the cool, sheltered mansion, or simply go early to beat the crowds!
Pinang Peranakan Mansion Ticket & Entrance Fee
Note: To celebrate the opening of their brand new sister museum, George Town Mansion, there is a ticket combination promo (RM25 per adult) to visit both Pinang Peranakan Mansion and George Town Mansion.
To buy the tickets, just walk in and the friendly staff will assist you!
- Adults: RM 20
- Children (under 6 years old): Free
Note: Ticket prices listed in this post are subject to change without notice by the Penang Peranakan Museum.
Enjoy big-group and school-group rates by giving them a call first to make an advance booking!
Travel Privilege Card holders (up to 2 adults and 2 children) can get a 20% discount! The card works for many other attractions in Penang too!
Pinang Peranakan Mansion Guided Tour
Learn the story of the mansion and the life of Peranakans from knowledgeable and friendly tour guides!
Remember to book the tours in advance before you visit!
Only groups of 5 or more are eligible for the complimentary conducted tours.
- Daily tours run at 11:30am and 3:30pm daily
- Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes
- RM20 entrance fee includes a free guided tour
- The humorous guides speak both English and Mandarin
Attractions Near To Penang Peranakan Mansion
If you have time to spare, look out for these attractions that are within walking distance from Penang Peranakan Mansion!
1. Occupy Beach Street (No Car Day)
Walk along major streets near Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai) on Sunday morning! As these streets will be blocked off for 6 hours to allow pedestrians to safely partake in various activities.
There are food and market stalls, sports (like Zumba), children’s games, bicycle rentals and car boot sales!
You can also watch talented performers carry out stunts or sing!
Two other museums are a short walk from Penang Peranakan Museum:
Penang 3D Trick Art Museum (3-minutes’ walk)
This unique art museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia with over 40 paintings (2D and 3D) and sculptures!
There are 2 major themes in the museum, Penang inheritance and modern classic.
You can also interact with the artworks, just follow the instructions provided!
Wonder Food Museum (4-minutes’ walk)
Feast your eyes on more than 100 local street foods and delicacies on display. Pretty convenient if you want to familiarize yourself with the various local foods on offer in Penang!
From miniature hawker stalls to gigantic food models of cendol, laska, and char kuey teow, it’s certainly brings an unusual perspective of Malaysian food culture to the table (pun intended).
There’s also an Education Zone for visitors to learn how their daily food choices impact the environment!
3. Goddess Of Mercy Temple Penang
Built by Hokkien and Cantonese settlers in the early 19th century, the Goddess of Mercy Temple is Penang’s oldest Taoist temple and is still a well-visited place of worship.
From intricate architectural features like the dragon entwined pillars and exquisite roof details, it’s a fine display of 19th Century Chinese craftsmanship!
4. Sri Mahamariamman Temple At Penang Little India
Here we have another 19th century gem in Little India Penang! Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang!
Its numerous sculptures up front makes it easy to spot!
During festive seasons, thousands of devotees will flock to the temple to offer prayers.
Note: Remember to remove your shoes before entering the temple!
5. Fort Cornwallis
Visitors can marvel at the many restored old cannons and flagstaff on site of Malaysia’s oldest and largest fort!
Fort Cornwallis is also home to the second oldest lighthouse in Malaysia, just in the northeast corner of the fort.
The star-shaped British bastion was originally built to defend against pirates, Kedah and French forces during the outbreak of Napoleonic Wars.
Read more about Fort Cornwallis in George Town.
Otherwise known as floating villages, there are 6 jetties altogether, each named after the 6 Chinese Clans that emigrated from China during the 19th century.
Among them, Chew Jetty is the most tourist-friendly one, with a bustling atmosphere and plenty of stalls open for business.
So dedicate a morning or afternoon to stroll along the clan jetties and observe how the residents carry out their daily routine!
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The Penang Peranakan Museum is a real-life history classroom where you can delve deeper into the lives of prosperous Penang Peranakans of the 19th century.
The many highlights in the mansion mean that you can easily spend 2 hours to half a day exploring.
Moreover, with reasonable pricing for the entrance fee and guide tours, it’s certainly a tourist location that you can’t afford to miss!