Wonders Of Malaysia I: Penang
Heading off on a beach holiday to Malaysia? Don’t miss out on other attractions. Rashmi Deshpande presents a series of popular tourist attractions that you can’t afford to miss in Malaysia. Part I in a series on Malaysia holidays.
*All photographs courtesy Tourism Malaysia
Part I: Penang
George Town, the capital of Penang, has the distinction of having its inner city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are some of the sites to see on a tour of Penang.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion located at 14 Leith Street, is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument built in the 19th century by a merchant named Cheong Fatt Tze. The distinctive blue of the mansion comes from lime mixed with a natural Indigo imported from India by the British.
The Blue Mansion was purchased from Cheong Fatt Tze’s descendants in 1989 by a group of Penang locals to save it from demolition. It has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 timber louvre windows. Part of the mansion with 16 rooms, have been set aside as a Bed & Breakfast-cum-museum, with English tours offered three times a day.
The mansion has been featured in films including the 1993 Oscar-winning French film Indochine, starring Catherine Deneuve, as well as in travel documentaries on CNN, BCC, The History Channel and Discovery’s Travel & Living Channel.
Watch the video below to discover the wonders of Penang