This mansion has been renovated to be a Museum of the Peranakan – were a prominent community in Penang. They were families of Chinese immigrants who had adapted their lifestyle to the local Malay and later, the colonial British.
This mansion is typical home of a rich family furnished with furniture and ornaments typical of that age. There is an eclectic collection incorporating Chinese, English, Scottish and local styles. For example English floor tiles, Scottish ironworks for the railings. This property is a museum that is open to visitors.
Like all properties of that period, they would have had the property appraised by a feng shui consultant. This property is different from the others as there is a side passage way. Therefore, this property has 2 entrances, one in front facing the street and an entrance at the side (left or dragon side).
On right side (tiger side), there is an original family temple or alter. Ancestral worship or respect for the elders and ancestors is part of Chinese Heritage and Traditions.
Feng Shui Analysis:
It is not possible to comment on the external landscape as the property was built in 1924 and I am sure, the surrounding buildings have changed.
However, this building has 2 entrances. One is on the road Lebuh Gareja (Church Street) facing North east. The second, side entrance faces North west. This combination of energies from the North west and the North east is very auspicious.
Again, there is an air well in the property. However, there is only one and smaller relative to the property. Therefore, the effect of the air well will be less than in the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
From what I have gathered whilst speaking to the curator of the museum, the family of the Clan leader – Chung Keng Kwee continued to stay in this property. Several generations of the family had good prosperity. Penang Peranakan Mansion Web site:
This city was founded by Captain Francis Light in 1786 for the East India Company. George Town then developed to be a thriving trading centre together with Malacca. There has been constant development of the centre until the early 20th Century. This freeze on development has led George Town to retain the heritage of the era. This heritage has been maintained with the strong lobbying by the Penang Heritage Trust. Secondly, George Town was officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 – being recognised as having unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel.
Dr Michael Oon
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