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Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion
A Must See if you are visiting George Town!
Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion, The transcendental quality and timelessness of the mansion has been perfectly poised for over a century on firm foundations of architectural, cultural and historical superlatives.What is it like to go back in time, to live an illustrious life in the grandeur of 19th-century Penang? As you immerse yourself in the history of the Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion, our trained guides will provide detailed and comprehensive insight into the heritage and architecture of the mansion. You will also get a peek into the lavish lifestyle of Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion.
Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion
Here, time comes to a halt as you meander along the mansion and revel in the harmonious medley of history and culture. A wide array of amenities includes an exquisite dining experience at our ornate restaurant, a courtyard dining room and an idyllic terrace. There are guided mansion tours and a memorable experience at the cultural museum. Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion is centrally located, at 4km from the Gurney Drive seafront promenade, 9km from Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple and just a 5-minute walk to China Town and other significant heritage spots in Penang.
About The Mansion
Get to the heart of Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion.
Take a step back into the past on the remarkable journey of Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion and his rise from a mere ‘bearer of river water’ to his legendary status as the Rockefeller of the East, J.P. Morgan of China and the Last Mandarin & First Capitalist of China.
Discover the architectural intricacy of his beloved Mansion and the labour of love that went into the restoration that shaped the Blue Mansion into its iconic status today.
Stay – The Ming Collection
Double & Twin Rooms
Pool & Oriental Garden access
Located on the ground floor, The Ming Collection embodies the heritage of Chinese and Western cultures – one of Cheong Fatt Tze’s key attributes. Each room is uniquely furnished with 19th century ornaments from Cheong Fatt Tze’s family, coupled with modern ease of direct access to the pool and tranquil water garden. Pamper yourself with luxury at your fingertips tucked in the opulence of 19th century heritage.
With direct access to the pool and water garden, the Ming Collection marries modern luxury with the opulence of the 19th century as each room is uniquely furnished with ornaments from Cheong Fatt Tze’s family. Pamper yourself with convenience at your fingertips, tucked in rich heritage.
The Liang Collection
Double & Twin Rooms
The Liang Collection is located along the ground and first floor of The Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion.
The quaint and cosy ambiance of the Liang double and twin rooms represents the many chapters of Cheong Fatt Tze’s illustrious life, and is perfect for those with a yearning for the past. Each room is meticulously furnished with personal antique collections and art work inherited from the family of Cheong Fatt Tze. Here, you will indulge in the experience of 19th century Penang and the comforts of modern luxury, making your stay nothing less than perfect.
The Tang Suites
The Tang suites features 2 exclusively spacious and and luxurious rooms with unique themes and design. Set only at the ground floor, these rooms reflect the true opulence of the 19th century, with furnishings that feature personally curated artefacts and memorabilia.
The rooms include a lavish plunge pool and direct pool access for the perfect indulgence.
The Han Suites
The Han suites are opulent gems located at the corners of the Blue Mansion. These grand and lavish chambers are spacious enough for a family of three, and are extravagantly designed to evoke an immersive experience of grandeur and elegance. Here, you will find a luxurious sitting room for a relaxing time and an en-suite bathroom equipped with a spacious tub and shower.
Dine- Indigo at the Blue Mansion
Located on the first floor, Indigo restaurant is inspired by Cheong Fatt Tze himself, offering a marriage between East and West not just in the setting, but also the cuisine. The interior was designed to complement and enhance the cuisine which it serves, acting as a reflection of the ever- evolving culinary palette presented by Chef Weng.
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Executive Chef – Beh Weng Chia
Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, Chef Weng honed his skills for over 10 years in distinguished restaurants across Australia, the USA and Malaysia. He now brings this extensive culinary experience to Cheong Fatt Tze mansion, where he helms Indigo restaurant.
This Penang-born chef with a passion for creating good food has truly come home, combining his wide-ranging experience from around the world with his precise understanding and utmost respect of the local Penang gastronomy. The resulting stream of delectable signature dishes produced by the kitchen at Indigo is testament to his creativity and skill.
Here, Chef Weng presents a contemporary take on classical dishes, focusing on premium ingredients and adding a hint of local flavour. Delicacies such as seared Hokkaido scallops shine on a bed of capellini with konbu and edamame purée; whilst his Salted Egg Grouper with torched octopus and squid ink risotto strikes the perfect balance – not too rich, yet satiating. Chef Weng handles red meat with just as much dexterity; in his hands, the Angus Sirloin with Marinated Shimeji and Rack of Lamb with Garlic Miso become melt-in- the mouth, infused with flavours that dance on the palate. Desserts feature prominent local ingredients such as jasmine tea, pandan and jackfruit, giving a twist to classics such as pudding, pannacotta and crumble.
Chef Weng maintains the à la carte menu of signature dishes for lunch and dinner daily. Guests may also enjoy seasonal weekly highlights, as well as monthly themed or wine dinners check Indigo’s Facebook for updates.
Wedding & Events
Create your very own historical moment at The Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion.
George Town’s most iconic mansion makes for the perfect event or wedding venue. From weddings and dinner parties, to exhibitions, corporate events and concerts, our team of expert planners will tailor the event of your dreams that will remain the topic of conversation for generations to come.
With the capacity to house up to 38 persons in 18 rooms and events of up to 250 people in a space complete with kitchens, bedrooms, halls and courtyard, the whole of Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion can be yours for a truly spectacular and private event.
A stroll around The Blue Mansion reveals a deep mastery in the artistry and craftsmanship of the building.
With its roots dating 3,000 years back to the Su Chow dynasty, the Mansion embodies a confluence of Hakka and Teochew styles along with intrinsic Southern Chinese typologies and materials.
While monumentally traditional in design, the Blue Mansion also bears an eclectic architectural trait that exemplifies the 19th century era. It is at this time when the myths and magic of the Chinese Kingdom converge with the glory of the British Empire within the Malay world. The Blue Mansion also demonstrates both Cheong Fatt Tze’s deepening fascination with Western artisanship and his rising stature as a Chinese official.
The Blue mansion’s mélange of diverse influences and motifs may appear incongruous at first, but a closer look unearths an arresting architectural mosaic of Scottish cast-iron balusters contrasted with Cantonese timber lattices; English Art Nouveau stained glass with Hokkien cut and paste porcelain Chien Nien works; Chinese calligraphy against trompe l’oeil timber beams. It is in The Blue Mansion where you’ll find various cultures and aesthetics coalesce gracefully and elegantly.
The Blue Mansion, which has its own sense of scale, proportion and space, can be divided into two main components: the main house, distinguished by the gables of the main roof and two elegant side wings. Adorned with materials that typifies the fundamental feng shui elements of metal, timber, water, fire and earth, the main hall forms the structure’s ‘centre’ – a motif common to Chinese residential buildings, from opulent palaces to humble countryside dwellings.
During its time, The Blue Mansion was a striking beauty that stood out from the modern Anglo-Indian abodes in the city. Today, it still stands as a paragon of the traditional Chinese courtyard mansion, crystallizing the harmonious blend of Chinese and Western architecture in Penang.
Cheong Fatt Tze: The Profile of the Man
From rags to riches
Rockefeller of the East, J.P. Morgan of China and the Last Mandarin & First Capitalist of China – these names and salutations bear only a fragment of Cheong Fatt Tze’s well-rounded stature and personality. In his day, he was a man who wore many important hats, juggling elegantly the roles and responsibilities of a financier, tycoon, diplomat, politician, philanthropist and minister.
No sweet success comes without a compelling rags-to-riches story, and Cheong Fatt Tze was certainly a man that created a legend for himself.
As a precarious 16 year-old Hakka boy in 1856, Cheong followed the footsteps of many Chinese fortune seekers and headed to the Southeast Asian region known as Nanyang, the ‘Land of Opportunity’. Armed with the courage and determination to prove himself, he rose from being a mere ‘bearer of river water’ in his early years to a ‘one-man multinational conglomerate’. Cheong’s triumphant ascent was aided by his merchant father-in-law who believed in his potential and talent.
Through experience and zeal, Cheong developed an eye and affinity towards business and finance. He invested in banks, glassworks, cattle and textile, proving to many his gift in foreseeing and procuring lucrative ventures. As his empire grew, Cheong began operating steamships, eventually inaugurating a trans-Pacific shipping line between China and the United States.
The Birth of Glory and Grandeur
Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion is a perfect epitome of the grandeur and achievements of Cheong Fatt Tze, which to date remains an iconic figure in the fabric of Penang’s vibrant heritage.
The story began in the late 19th Century, where Cheong Fatt Tze aspired to house his descendants in a home that personifies the essence of majesty and elegance.
Not long after, the bricks were laid with painstaking and arduous detail after a thorough consultation with the era’s leading Feng Shui master. While many of his Hakka friends and relatives took interest toward modern Anglo-Indian Houses, Cheong Fatt Tze loved the sophisticated beauty of traditional Chinese houses. More than anything, he wanted to preserve his heritage and share his love of culture and tradition through architecture.
With that, came about one of the most lavish and elaborate constructions of his time – The Blue Mansion. With an eye for detail and excellence, Cheong Fatt Tze was determined to use only the best materials for his Mansion. He shipped artisans in from Southern China and imported building materials from as far as Scotland. Much to his delight, The Blue Mansion was more refined than his native home in Tai’pu, and it was said that only one of two such buildings of this size – with 5 courtyards – an eclectic style of architecture that mainly exists outside of China.
At the height of its glory, The Blue Mansion was the pivotal heart of the city. Here, life radiates at every nook and cranny of the Mansion, with an unceasing and enigmatic rhythm of activity. The space served both as a home and an office, and acted as the base for Cheong Fatt Tze’s commercial enterprises. It also housed the Chinese Vice-Consulate and was home to his favoured 7th wife. Within the backdrop of the majestic mansion, business meetings were held, guests were greeted in function rooms and significant business activities were concentrated in the centre of the Mansion.
The rear halls were kept away from the hustle and bustle of Cheong Fatt Tze’s business and administrative work. Here, favoured family members were housed in the centre bay and rooms on the first floor. Some spaces were kept exclusively for ancestral prayers and meal times and those who had lost favour, as well as lesser relatives, were moved to the wings of the Mansion.
Stables were sited at the back of the Mansion, together with a row of outhouses and bathrooms. A low building by the main gate as well as 5 terrace houses across the road was used as staff quarters alongside a raised viewing pavilion that was badly damaged during the Second World War.
The Penang Hotels Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion is located in the heart of Penang, at the corner of Leith Street and adjacent to Muntri Street. We are only 4km from the Gurney Drive seafront promenade, 9km from Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple and just a 5-minute walk to Chinatown and other significant heritage spots in Penang.
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