#19 day of February – Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

(source: lifestyleasia.com)

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, a three-story traditional Hakka – Teochew construction. It is a boutique hotel and one of the most well-known Georgetown attractions. The structure at 14 Leith Street was built in the 1880s by Hakka trader Cheong Fatt Tze, who commissioned it.

Cheong Fatt Tze

Is an example of a self-made and prosperous merchant-trader who fled China as a poor adolescent. But quickly ascended to the well-to-do ranks. When he developed a massive financial empire across East Asia towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Even though modern Anglo-Indian styles were popular, he traditionally built his home, instead opting for the Chinese courtyard house concept. The magnificent manor features 38 rooms, five granite-paved courtyards, seven staircases, and 220 timber-frame windows.

(source: remotelands.com)

The stunning blue mansion was reconstructed and spared from demolition in the 1990s. It distinguishes itself from the other buildings on the block due to its exuberantly social aspect. The home, art nouveau stained-glass, and magnificent floor tiles are stunning examples of the architectural style popular among wealthy Chinese.

In 1989, the mansion was acquired from Cheong Fatt Tze’s family. To keep it from being demolished as development threatened to ruin it.
The house is kept as a private residence. While simultaneously operating as a 16-room bed-and-breakfast in conjunction with ongoing restoration work, it also serves as a museum. You may either take a one-hour guided tour of the mansion or stay at the hotel.

“Indigo was a colour highly-prized at the time when the mansion was constructed. Produced in India – Indigofera Arrecta or tinctora had crossed cultural barriers and was used in mosques such as the Acheen St mosque in George Town. Parts of Suffolk House, internal sections of Chinese temples and a large percentage of ordinary houses in the Straits Settlements in the early 19th and 20th century,” – says Aja Ng, the Blue Mansion’s head of public relations.

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