Never Blue at the Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia

Exploring the lavish former residence of Malaysia’s Cheong Fatt Tze.

The mansion now serves as George Town’s first Heritage Hotel, with 16 rooms reserved for guests. Alongside this function, it also stands as a museum dedicated to Cheong Fatt Tze and the lavish lifestyle that he represented.

The perfect way to explore the mansion is by joining one of the English tours held three times daily — at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The tickets can be bought 15 minutes before the tour itself. These are a little expensive, at RM17 each, especially considering the fact that many people take this tour only to take pictures. Still, this beats the alternative of having to stay in the hotel in order to be allowed entry!