Penang Peranakan Mansion

Penang Peranakan Mansion – There is no better place to experience the rich culture and heritage of the Peranakans!

Today, the mansion serves as a museum! Where visitors can see the lifestyle of an affluent household in a bygone era! Best of all, there’s no time limit to how long you can explore!

The impressive green mansion is hard to miss and is in George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Penang Peranakan Mansion History

Penang Peranakan Mansion is a Chinese courtyard-style mansion built in the 19th century! It used to be Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee’s residence-cum-office on Church Street!

Once named Hai Kee Chan (or Sea Remembrance Hall), it was initially white unlike the current  coat of mint green!

Penang Peranakan Museum
Penang Peranakan Museum – photo credits to aishahfarhanah_ (Instagram)

The 2-storey mansion adopts a Straits Eclectic style which was popular among the wealthy Peranakan back in those days.

It was a rojak (fusion in Malay) style with Chinese, English, and Scottish materials and design!

Impressive Scottish Inspired Iron Railings At Penang Peranakan Mansion
Impressive Scottish Inspired Iron Railings At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to albertusandre_ (Instagram)

Interestingly though, Chung Keng Kwee was not of Peranakan (or Baba) descent!

In fact, he emigrated from China! And found success in the Hai San society, rising through the ranks to become the Kapitan Cina (Chinese captain) of the Chinese in Penang.

Note: The Hai San society were heavily involved in mining at the neighboring state, Perak

Chung Keng Kwee had the mansion built at the height of his influence, and it was finally completed in 1895.

After Chung’s passing in 1901, the mansion was left to his descendents. Who abandoned it after losing their riches in WWII.

Beautifully Carved Chairs At Penang Peranakan Mansion
Beautifully Carved Chairs At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to 3full_stop (Instagram)

Much later though (20th century), Peter Soon, a Peranakan architect bought it and restored it! He kept his personal collection of over 1,000 Peranakan artifacts here too!

Antiquities At Penang Peranakan Museum
Antiquities At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to veexatrasia (Instagram)

And opened the museum to the public! To date, Penang Peranakan Mansion has even been featured in Crazy Rich Asians and The Amazing Race too!

Antique Cabinets At Penang Peranakan Mansion
Antique Cabinets At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to veexatrasia (Instagram)

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. Otherwise, go early to beat the crowds!

Location: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Contact: +604-264 2929

Opening Hours: Daily from 9:30am to 5pm

Pinang Peranakan Mansion Ticket & Entrance Fee

To buy the tickets, just enter and the friendly staff will assist you!

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: RM 20)
  • Children (under 6 years old): Free
Dining Room Display At Penang Peranakan Museum
Dining Room Display At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to veexatrasia (Instagram)

Please note that the 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!

Traditional Costumes Displayed At Penang Peranakan Mansion
Traditional Costumes Displayed At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to veexatrasia (Instagram)

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!

Traditional Bed At Penang Peranakan Mansion
Traditional Bed At Penang Peranakan Mansion – photo credits to veexatrasia (Instagram)

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
Tip: Do keep the entry sticker as you can re-enter multiple times on the same day with it!

Attractions Near To Penang Peranakan Mansion

If you have time to spare, look out for these attractions 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.

Giant Boardgame At Occupy Beach Street In Penang
Giant Boardgame At Occupy Beach Street In Penang – photo credits to ewchuah (Instagram)

There’re 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!

Location: 10200, 8-16, Beach St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Sunday from 7am to 1pm

Distance From The Mansion: 2-minutes’ walk

2. Penang Museum

There are 2 other museums that 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! It has over 40 paintings (2D and 3D) and sculptures!

Giant Centipede Mural At The Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
Giant Centipede Mural At The Penang 3D Trick Art Museum – photo credits to mpesal (Instagram)

Interact with the artworks with instructions provided! There are 2 major themes in the museum, Penang inheritance and modern classic.

Wonder Food Museum (4-minutes’ walk)

Feast your eyes on more than 100 local street foods and delicacies on display! Pose with gigantic Penang food models like cendol, laksa, and char kuey teow!

Giant Laksa At The Wonderfood Museum
Giant Laksa At The Wonderfood Museum – photo credits to jimmysutjiptogenerali (Instagram)

Get an unusual perspective of Malaysian food culture from miniature hawker stalls!

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! It is still a well-visited place of worship.

Goddess Of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Temple)
Goddess Of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Temple) – photo credits to food_ian0903 (Instagram)

Take in its intricate architectural features like the dragon entwined pillars and exquisite roof details which exhibit ancient Chinese craftsmanship!

Location: 30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 6:30pm

Contact: +604-261 4137

Distance From The Mansion: 4-minutes’ walk

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! And easy to spot with the many sculptures that adorn the front!

Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang
Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang – photo credits to i_am_yumi.h (Instagram)

During festive seasons, thousands of devotees will flock to the temple to offer prayers! Remember to remove your shoes before entering the temple!

Location: Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang Island

Contact: +604-264 3494

Distance From The Mansion: 5-minutes’ walk

5. Fort Cornwallis

Visitors can marvel at the many restored old cannons and flagstaff on site of Malaysia’s oldest and largest fort!

The second oldest lighthouse in Malaysia is also here at the northeast corner of the fort!

Canon In The Direction Of The Flagstaff At The Fort Cornwallis
Canon In The Direction Of The Flagstaff At The Fort Cornwallis – photo credits to uwais_xiii (Instagram)

The star-shaped British bastion was originally built to defend against pirates, Kedah and French forces during the outbreak of Napoleonic Wars.

Note: Currently under renovation. Entrance fees apply to enter the property!

Location: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm

Contact: +604-263 9855

Distance From The Mansion: 5-minutes’ walk

Entrance Fee:

Malaysian: RM10 (Adult), RM5 (Child)

Non-Malaysian: RM20 (Adult), RM10 (Child)

6. Clan Jetties Of Penang

Otherwise known as floating villages, there are 6 jetties altogether.

Each named after the surnames of the Chinese clans that first came here as immigrants from China in the 19th century!

Chew Jetty Penang (姓周桥)
Chew Jetty Penang (姓周桥) – photo credits to 07071124ried (Instagram)

Among them, Chew Jetty is the most tourist-friendly one! Stroll along the clan jetties and observe how the residents carry out their daily routine!

Location: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm

Contact: +6019-593 5333

Distance From The Mansion: 9-minutes’ walk

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Conclusion

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! The fairly reasonable entrance fee includes a guided tour around the mansion too!

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