A visit to Penang is not quite complete unless one visits the many heritage sites. One of my fave would be the Pinang Peranakan Mansion which houses over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles from the old Peranakan or also known as Baba Nyonya times.
What impresses me most is that this building that was built in the late 19th Century is in very good condition! Both interior and exterior are almost mint condition. The mansion boost of many infliences from its era. European influence is clearly seen in the decorative ironwork and choice of lightings. There is also quite a bit of luxurious European and Victorian furniture. In fact one dining room bears the European theme which comes into good use when the owner of the mansion hosts European guests.
The rest of the mansion is every inch a rich Baba's home with Chinese carvings and furnitures and English tiles. However, the Ancestral Hall is typically Chinese. Love the intricate carvings at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
And if you loved the Singaporean drama hit series Little Nyonya 小娘惹 then this place is a must visit. Strangely my mum who is a native Penang girl never visited this place. However upon knowing that the drama series was partially filmed here, she happily agreed to visit this place with me and spent quite a bit of her time telling me which part of the mansion was used for the drama series. LOL...
While the Peranakan legacy is still prominent in the local food and language, typical Peranakan building are rare. So a visit to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a must.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
29 Church Street
T: +604 264 2929,
• Daily including public holiday from 9:30 am to 5 pm
• Adults : RM10.00
• Children (below 6) : Free
Complimentary conducted tours are only available with prior arrangements for a group of 5 persons and above.
Love the green and cozy courtyard. On the right is the room which is similar to an European home.
One of the many accessories being displayed. This is normally worn with the Nyonya Kebaya.
Traditional Nyonya Kebaya with rich and intricate hand embroidery.
Note the Scottish iron grills.
A traditonal long table for the whole huge family to dine together.
Lots of natural light (and rain) in the open courtyard.
Peranakan furniture with very beautiful carvings. Notice the red and black tiffins on top of the cabinet? They make lovely decors!
Rich European furnitures.
Easily recognisable with its vibrant green colour.
And since we're in Penang, here's another piece of happy news of my Penang blogger pals. A bunch of them and some corporate companies visited the Penang Shan Children’s Home Association to distribute food, beverages and gadgets. This round, the sponsors are Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue and Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel and Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.
Kids lining up for their meal that the bloggers and public brought in.
Smiling faces of joy knowing that they are loved and cared even by total strangers.
The bunch of kind bloggers and public who made a difference to these kids' life.
Penang Shan Children’s Home (PSCH) is a non-religious and a non-profit, non-governmental organization catering to the needs of orphans, neglected children, dysfunctional families and single parents. This home aims to provide all the children with a safe and supportive environment. The focus includes development of physical, mental, emotional, educational, social and recreational skills that will create awareness to structure and mould the child’s future. The longer term development includes the options that are available for the child’s future, supporting them to complete the tertiary education preferably to University level. For those who are unable to complete the basic education, they would be trained in developing their skills by educating them in skill training centers. Through home visits and working with parents, they would like to ensure that eventually the child is reunited with his/her family thus becoming the backbone of the family.
Now you can also help Penang Shan Children’s Home Association:
(1) Adopt-A-Child Program ~ The average monthly expenditure per child amounts to RM400. This includes lodging, education, meals, transportation and pocket money. Interested members of the public can contact the home.
(2) Donation ~ The home depends on donation to meet the relatively high running cost. They would be very grateful members of the public or private companies can step forward to contribute a one-off or monthly fixed donation.
Penang Shan Children’s Home Association
679-D Jalan Mount Erskine
T: +604 229 2186 / +6016 412 7711
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