Never Blue at the Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia

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

The prolific businessman chose this particular shade of blue since it was highly-prized among locals, the Chinese immigrants, and the European officials. It was a natural dye mixed with lime wash, which acted like a sort of automatic air conditioning system. Lime absorbed moisture and helped cool the mansion during hot weather without sustaining damage in the process! And this is just a sneak-peek into how much thought was placed into building the residence.