Besides Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Pulau Pinang which is located in Northwest Malaysia has been one of the most visited states in Malaysia. Pulau Pinang - or people often call as Penang as well, has been dominated with ancient Chinese culture, with a little bit touch of Melayu culture and European somehow. We often call of the foods, languages and architectures there as “Peranakan”.

Front side of Pinang Peranakan Mansion

One of the best places I ever visited in Penang was The Pinang Peranakan Mansion. This mansion amazed everyone who’s coming to the site with over thousand pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era. The building was very simple from the outside which dominated with green color on the wall and you would realize it’s a Chinese house as some red lanterns hung. However, as you stepped inside the mansion, you’d know how the glamorous style of Chinese Peranakan back then in 1893 era. Well if you are Chinese who was born in South East Asian countries, you will reminisce some of the memories of your grand parents or great grand parents or even your great great grand parents’ houses. The designed of the dinner set, bedrooms, living room, and even patio, reminds me of my ancestors’ houses which I see through black and white photos ^^

Mahjong Set Table - Mahjong is one of the most most famous Chinese Traditional games. Our ancestors said that you are proven as Chinese when you can play mahjong.

The Penang Peranakan Mansion reflected how the rich Babas and Nyonyas lived in the era. It was formerly named as Hai Kee Chan, which means “The Sea Remembrance Hall” in Penang Hokkien. Now, this site has been listed as George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage.

This mansion is located in George Town, the capital city of Penang. It is very easy to get there since Georgetown is not a big city. You might walk or just take a grab to get there. I believe it won’t cost more than MYR 14 / IDR 50,000 if you stay around George Town city. However, just like typical of tropical countries, you need to put on sunblock and wear you hat/cap or even umbrellas when you are about to walk there because the sun is really really crazy. I went there in November, supposed to be a rainy season, but the sun was still so strong. But, unlike I still forced myself to walk anyway since I went around to the city for Penang Street Wall as well.

Adress : 29, Church Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Telp. 604-2642929
Opening Hours : Monday-Sunday from 9.30 am - 5 pm
Admission Fee : RM 20 / IDR 68,000 (Adults) and Children below 6 years old is Free

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