Cheong Fatt Tze’s house among Top 10 mansions


The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion along Leith Street In Penang has made it into a list of the top 10 greatest mansions and grand houses in the world.

The selection was done by Lonely Planet with the following citation:

Built in the 1880s, the magnificent 38-room, 220-window Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze, a local merchant trader who left China as a penniless teenager and ended up as ‘the Rockefeller of the East’. The mansion blends Eastern and Western designs, with louvred windows, art nouveau stained glass and beautiful floor tiles, and is a rare surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese of the time. The house sits on the ‘dragon’s throne’, meaning that there is a mountain (Penang Hill) behind and water (the channel) in front – the site was chosen for its excellent feng shui.

The the top 10 listing was also reported on the Fox website.

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On today The Star (Northern Metro section), MCA flers (must have read this blog and got the nolstagic experience on old streets of Penang) suggested that Campbell Street (the street yet to be explored in this blog) be turned into flea market as the place has lost its charm due to lack of motorist customers after a pedestrain lane has been made.

Penang Voter

SNAKE TEMPLE – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Snake Temple (Chinese: 蛇庙; pinyin: Shé Miào; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tsuâ-biō) is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. NOTE THAT THIS PENANG MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CLAIM THAT THIS IS THE ONLY SNAKE TEMPLE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD but pratically destroyed by UMNO/GERAKAN COLONISATION. as the back jungle land was sold off to a factory at “peanut price”. ALL THE SNAKES NOW DO NOT COME NATURALLY BUT IS REARED AND KEPT IN LONGAN’S SQUARE PLASTIC BOX, TAKEN OUT… Read more »

Nk Khoo

That is another myth like saying Mount Kinabalu is highest mountain in SEA.

Penang snake temple is not the only one in the world with inhabited snakes. There is another snake temple in Fujian China, I believe both temples are praying a same deity (not confirmed yet) because I saw it from a Taiwanese TV travel show, “Walking in China”.


… Ng will not be happy to see that a Malaysian like you do not promote local tourism place but to divert attention to overseas attraction.

Syiok Syiok

Snake Temple to attract more Indian tourists …..
may be a Bollywood movie star can have snake dances there and help to promote this attraction to the world now that the temple has found some of its past charms with recent renovations ?

Nk Khoo

I believe Malaysian animal lovers will complain about snake show in the snake temple soon.

I will not pay for snapshot with the snake for its welfare sake.

Syiok Syiok

Visit Snake Temple to pray for well being of Penang Island; and not to fondle with the snakes. Somehow the phototaking has been commercialised. Last time the photographer delivered the photos to your hotels; these days with cheap printer and digital camera the instant photos are printed and delivered on the spot ! Just make sure the snakes are not traumaised but being fed well ekse the TOKONG will deliver bad karma to those irresponsible folks. Also the factory built near the temple has prevented the green snakes coming down from hill to the temple. Not good karma to FTZ… Read more »


308 was a Karma to Boh Hoot & Gelak-Gelakan & company.
Any more?

Nk Khoo

Only English speaking guide is provided and same ticket price for local and foreign tourists.

RM15 entrance fee is quite steep for local tourist, dual tie ticketing like Penanh Hills train should be adopted to encourage more local tourists to visit blue mansion.


Penang, it seems has achieved many heritage accolades lately, including the top 10 world’s most delicious food – Laksa.
There will be many more to come, if and only if we are careful and zealous in our conservation effort to look after whatever rare valuable assets instead of allowing idiots to break rules bulldozing or demolishing things in the dead of nights. A good example is the beautiful mansion opposite Pykett School.

Syiok Syiok

Blue Mansion is filmed at Cheong Fatt Tze.
This movie never make it to local cinema due to censorship problem ?
Anybody know where to get this DVD ?


Good local movies are somehow sidelined by Finas by its outdated and narrow-minded policies while sub-standard ones are given ‘wajib tayang’ status to guarantee ROI.