Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion) - George Town UNESCO WHS , Penang
The Blue Mansion is the perfect epitome of the grandeur and achievements of Cheong Fatt Tze, which today stands as an landmark in the fabric of George Town Penang’s vibrant heritage, as a boutique hotel and historical attraction
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.
Penang or Pulau Pinang ~ Georgetown ~ heritage stay
The Blue Mansion's 18 rooms are each individually themed and distinctively grouped into 6 categories - HAN, LIANG, ZHOU, JIN, TANG and 50's ROOM. The rooms are privately tucked within 2 airy tropical courtyards, lined neatly alongside the corridors that lead into each room. Our boutique hotel is furnished with 5-star in-room amenities the fashion of a neo-classical way of life, where guests may take pleasure in contemporary comfort and luxury within the heritage space. Individually decorated, from period furniture, precious heirlooms and antiques to plunge-pools, a stay at the mansion reflects the modern-life of the affluent nobleman Cheong Fatt Tze himself.
Facilities & Activities
The Courtyard is the one area in the mansion where the 'feng' (wind) meets the 'shui' (water), a spot with the strongest natural energy flow. Savour your breakfast under open skies, with a variety of mouth-watering plates, from nutella crepes to nasi lemak, a library and bar on the ground floor, a museum displaying antiques and original memorabilia of the property on the upper floor, a large open air banquet venue
CHILDREN POLICY :
In the interests of safety and quiet enjoyment, parents of young children should take note that the location, design as well as the profile of guests, a strict supervision of children at any Samadhi Retreats properties is necessary.
Resort is not suitable for children under the age of 6
Children’s rates apply for children between age 3 to 11.
Adult rates apply for children above age 12
~Smoking is prohibited in all rooms except for balconies and in the outdoor living spaces of the room
~Should a guest smoke in a room, a cleaning fee of MYR500 shall be charged to the guest account.
Guided Cultural & Historical Tours at The Blue Mansion
THE BLUE MANSION is an architectural and Straits Settlement masterpiece - a statement of the era's eclecticism. Built with all the luxuries and decadence available at that time, our mansion is home to Victorian stained glass windows, Staffordshire floor tiles, Scottish cast iron columns and balusters, splendidly carved Szechuan screens, solid Chinese timber doors, magnificent Teochew 'chien nien' (porcelain cut and paste shard works) and 'trompe l'oeil' timber beams. Our tours showcase the mansion's unique feng shui elements created by outstanding craftsmanship of the time. Trained guides provide a peek into the lifestyle of the man and his era; and our Museum provides depth for a full cultural experience.
Join our tours that are available DAILY at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm for a duration of 45 minutes.
RM17 per adult (including GST)
RM8.50 per child under 12 years (including GST)
Tours are in English but also available in Mandarin, Japanese and other languages if pre-arranged separately and for a minimum fee of RM255 (equivalent of 15 persons). Special tours may also be organized for private groups and organizations.
The Mansion and Cheong Fatt Tze
Memoir: Mansion's Functions
Towards Cheong Fatt Tze's later life, No. 14 served as both an office and a home. It acted as the base for his commercial enterprises and housed the Chinese Vice-Consulate - not to mention his favoured 7th wife.
All significant activities were concentrated in the centre of the mansion, with front halls allocated for business meetings, the administration of the Vice-Consul Generalship and formal greeting of guests. The rear halls were for ancestral prayers, dining and family; while areas on the first floor housed rooms for significant family members. It was understood that preferred family members were housed in the Centre Bay, while those who had lost favour, as well as lesser relatives, were moved to the wings.
Stables were sited at the back of the Mansion, together with a row of outhouses and bathrooms, the main house itself having no indoor plumbing. Residents depended on chamber pots and the willingness of many retainers to empty them. A low building by the main gate was used as staff quarters together with a raised viewing pavilion that was badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War.