With the hues of the Blue Danube, the architecture of the Chinese Su Chow Dynasty and the colonial touch makes, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion a stylish icon in the Malaysian city of Penang. Penang is an old city with unmatched charm and appeal. Therefore, over a century or so ago, the cobalt structure would have been a fitting tribute to the rest of the townscape.
Historical annals disclose that the 38 bed roomed manor was put up by Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese businessman cum politician. During his many voyages, he expanded his business to the Malaysian island of Penang which was a well known destination in all nautical charts. As the Chinese Consul or representative in Penang, his opulent home was the order of the day. To date the mansion remains a private property, but no longer belongs to the descendants of the creator, whose name it continues to bear.
The shade of blue is as an outcome of adding natural blue dye extracted from the Indigo Plant, to lime and painting the walls in this domestically concocted heat absorbent paint. The building comprises stained glass, Chinese porcelain work and Gothic louvered windows. It is apparent that Feng Shui principles had been abided by when designing the structure. The mansion has won many an accolade from UNESCO in addition to the numerous hearts it has won over the years.
Presently, a few of the mansions’ rooms are let out on a bed and breakfast basis while the others are open for tourists. Tours are arranged thrice daily to central parts of the mansion where a tour guide steers the visitors through to see the fusion of different types of architecture and the azure exterior that generates much interest even amongst passersby.
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