Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion in Penang


Blue Mansion or
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang

The Blue Mansion in Penang

The Blue Mansion also known as Cheong Fatt Tze Temple is found is Leith Street on the island of Penang. This Heritage Award winning boutique hotel is one of the most unique around Malaysia. Built in seven years from 1896 to 1904, the Blue Mansion is one of three original Chinese Style Mansions outside of China. With an amazing 56,000 square feet of land, this is one of the biggest Chinese mansions in the pearl of the orient, Penang.

Blue Mansion - Antique rickshaws outside

The Blue Mansion was originally put on sale after the last son of Mr. Cheong Fatt Tze died in 1989. The place was then quickly bought by the Lawrence Loh Architects who specializes in heritage conservation works and it took them a good six years to complete the entire Blue Mansion in which they did an excellent job!

Blue Mansion - Iron spiral staircase

Skilled workers from China were hired to do most of the detailing and wood restoration of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Most of the restoration was done by hand as they were extremely skilled elderly men. The results were fascinating which lead the Blue Mansion to win numerous awards from Heritage to Tourism Awards.

Blue Mansion - Main Courtyard

These days at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, guests who appreciate heritage and culture would either stay at the boutique mansion or just visit for the daily tours offered. Standing around the courtyard and looking up, you will see cast iron structures of Corinthian style with mock timber skirting with East West designs, the main attraction would be the Venetian shutters and Gothic louvered windows throughout the mansion.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Classic ceiling designs

Staying a the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion would take you back in time as almost 95% of the place is authentically kept to the original. You hardly see anything modern around the mansion grounds. Walking around, I noticed that even the ceiling was meticulously restored to the original design. Doorways had arches with stained glass and windows were wooden louvered.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Antique louvered wooden windows

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Interesting door knocker

The Blue Mansion has many small little details that should not be missed. I saw an old door with and antique Chinese door knocker which is at least a hundred years old.


Even the spiral staircase to the first floor is made from antique Victorian cast iron with intricate designs from the steps to the rail guard.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - First floor walkway

The Blue Mansion has a total of 38 rooms but only 16 themed bedrooms which are fully air conditioned are for guests. The corridor of the first floor holds several of the themed rooms and also a wooden partition with wooden windows overlooking the air well area of the mansion. The walkways are made from planks which are treated and varnished.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Old multi layered tiffin carrier

For those interested in dining here, there is afternoon tea served but not your average English tea, more Asian local tea. Enquire withing when you go there.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Boutique rooms

The themed rooms at the Cheong Fatt Tze are one of a kind with old mix and match furniture and a mix of colours and traditional sarongs are given to guests. Each room has a different feel and theme where there are doubles right till family suites.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Standard toilet and bathrooms

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Single bed rooms


Someone once told me how they got the name and it was because back in the day, Indian Indigo paint was mixed with lime and cartilage and it was used to paint its exterior which is why it was called The Blue Mansion.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Original wooden staircase

Part of the original wooden staircase that leads up to the first floor from inside the mansion. The other way being the spiral cast iron staircase.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - General tour information

When visiting the Blue Mansion, you really need to take note of the guided tour timings. There are only 2 a day so do not be late. They will not wait for you. Prices are RM10.00 (US$2.85) per person. And when you go for this tour, please have all ears on as there is much to know of the history of this amazing mansion. You will not want to miss this place when you visit Penang.

How do you get here? The best way is to explore Georgetown via foot if you stay in town and you can easily walk to Leith Street or Lebuh Leith as it is called in Malay. Alternatively if you stay in Batu Feringgi, you can take a taxi or bus into town. There are a few tour companies that run tours for this but mostly tourist will explore on their own.

For the backpackers, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is at the end of Chulia Street towards Penang Road. Once at the end, turn right into Leith Street and keep walking for 5 minutes and you will see the Blue Mansion on the left.

Cheong Fatt Tze Map

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Cheong Fatt Tze / Blue Mansion Address:

14 Leith Street,
Georgetown,
10200 Penang
Malaysia

Tel: +604 2620006
Fax: +604 2625289

Email: cftm@tm.net.my

Or for more details, please visit the Blue Mansion / Cheong Fatt Tze website.


~ David Jr

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