Saturday, March 23, 2013

Georgetown Attractions

There are a lot of different temples and houses around Georgetown, the historic area of Penang, that have been lovingly and carefully restored.  On our second day in Penang, we braved the withering heat and toured Cheong Fatt Tze's mansion, the Pinang Peranakan mansion and Khoo Khongsi.

Our first stop was the Tze mansion, painted a vivid, show-stopping blue:
Present day entrance to Cheong Fatt Tze's mansion
The houses across the street, which used to be part of his massive compound

Colorful lintel designs, cut and pasted from porcelain bowls

Entrance screen, made out of wood and covered in 24k gold

Then we proceeded to the Pinang Penarakan mansion, passing a few beautiful temples along the way:

At the Pinang Penarakan mansion, we saw classic items used in the houses of the wealthy Chinese merchant families:

intricately carved fold-up mahjong table
colorful artwork 
Brilliant gold jewelry
Paper lanterns and cast iron filigree balconies
Our last (but not least!) stop was at Khoo Khongsi: 
opera stage
back view
front view
beautifully painted supports under the roof 


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