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Wonders Of Malaysia I: Penang

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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 or Blue Mansion

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

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If ever there was a career that involved the study of sleeping cats, Rashmi Deshpande would probably be in it. But for now, she is in an industry she loves--the travel industry. Rashmi has worked with Femina as an Assistant Manager, and freelanced for several online and offline publications such as Lonely Planet India magazine and Nat Geo Traveller India. She currently works as the online content manager with Cox & Kings.

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