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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Pinang Peranakan Mansion Ticket & Entrance Fee
To buy the tickets, just enter and the friendly staff will assist you!
- Adults: RM 20)
- Children (under 6 years old): Free
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!
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 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’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!
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!
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!
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.
Take in its intricate architectural features like the dragon entwined pillars and exquisite roof details which exhibit ancient 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! And easy to spot with the many sculptures that adorn the front!
During festive seasons, thousands of devotees will flock to the temple to offer prayers! Remember to remove your shoes before entering the temple!
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!
The star-shaped British bastion was originally built to defend against pirates, Kedah and French forces during the outbreak of Napoleonic Wars.
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!
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!
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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!