Cultural Basecamp

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Penang, Malaysia

Prices From: $85 - $175

Located in the historic inner city of George Town, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, dazzling in its original indigo-blue, is the mysterious Orient's best preserved paradigm Chinese courtyard house. Painstakingly restored in recent years, the myth behind "China's last Mandarin & first Capitalist" is revealed in the architecture that incorporates 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louver windows.

The winner of UNESCO's Asia-Pacific Heritage 2000 Award for Conservation, the building's eclectic character is a reflection of the times at the end of the 19th Century when the myths & magic of the Chinese Kingdom embraced the glory of the British Empire in a whirl pool of cross-cultural energies. 110 years of history resonates within its cool, secluded, tropical spaces.

16 uniquely themed bedrooms of generous proportions echo the interior styles of various periods of human endeavor in Penang. A talented team of local & foreign artists lovingly crafted plans as interpretations of an ambience that evokes images of the days of wives, concubines & handmaidens aplenty, coyly hiding behind gilded Chinese lattice screens & gossamer silk curtains.

To stay is to discover the beauty of "Jian Nian", "Feng Shui" & other lost arts within. The legacy of the consul of the Ching Dynasty in Malaya & Singapore beckons to you.


Region: Asia - Southeast

Nearest Airport: KUL

14 Leith Street