Revisiting Glory at Penang’s Peranakan Mansion

Take a tour around George Town’s landmarks.

Really great tourist destinations are those that yield surprises at every turn. And that’s just the experience we had when we visited Penang, Malaysia’s Pinang Peranakan Mansion.

The mansion is located in George Town and houses a museum that is dedicated to the heritage of Peranakan Chinese. These are the descendants of Mainland Chinese immigrants who arrived in the region (specifically Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia). They were known by different names in each area, with Peranakan being their Malaysian moniker. They also referred to themselves as Baba Nyonya (men and women).

As such, the mansion contains a bewildering array of Peranakan artifacts, including arts, crafts, and antiques. The mansion was constructed in the 1890s, by one of the richest men in the area. The iconic greenish hue of the mansion’s outer walls would be really easy to spot, and it has made appearances not only in local but in international media as well!

More than meets the eye