Monday, March 16, 2015

Grandeur of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion

A "not to be missed" destination in the historical Georgetown area of Penang, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is well worth the admission cost (20RM - approx $5.40). Built at the end of the 19th century, this mansion is an excellent example of the eclectic Baba-Nyonyas incorporating Chinese, Malay, and British architecture. After suffering from decades of neglect, the mansion was fully restored and is now a museum that recreates the traditions, lifestyle and culture of the wealthy Baba residents. In addition to the beautifully restored interior, it overflows with antiques and collectibles of the era. Unlike some of the other Baba-Nyonya museum/homes I had visited in both Penang and Malacca that required a guided tour, we were free to explore the two floors, adjoining ancestral temple, and a special jewelry museum. 

For more information, visit the museum's website.

English floor tiles

Central courtyard with an open airwell and stairs leading up to the second level. This allowed for air and light to freely circulate and rainwater to be collected.

Ornate carved wooden doors leading to a room with heavy teak furniture and an altar

Tranquil room with bamboo and a small pond

Carved wooden screens gilded in gold and flecked with mother-of-pearl

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