a visit to《 #CheongFattTze Mansion》#張弻士#故居#bluemansionpenang#penang#pulaupinang#槟城#檳城#藍屋 🔸Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion; was a Hakka. Cheong Fatt Tze is a transliteration of his name from Hakka. 🔸 indigo-blue outer walls makes it a very distinctive building. 🔸 kept his favourite wife here, which happened to be his 7th. History doesn't tell us where he stashed his other 6 wives 🔸 referred to as The Blue Mansion; built with careful attention to the principles of Feng Shui
🔸 Built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of the 19th century, the mansion has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows 🔸 domestic annexe is built in front of it to prevent any road being built to create a T-junction in front of it 🔸 has water running systems to ride on the dragons back. 🔸 distinctive blue is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant 🔸 dye was imported from India to Penang by the British 🔸 lime-wash was very effective in a tropical weather as it absorbed moisture 🔸 was purchased from Cheong Fatt Tze's descendants in 1989 by a group of local Penang individuals to save the edifice from encroaching development and possible demolition 16 Room Bed & Breakfast-cum-museum; won awards from UNESCO 🔸 Tours are offered in English three times a day to central parts of the house. 🔸 In 2016, a restaurant called 'Indigo' opened on the first floor of the mansion.
🔸 1993 Oscar-winning French film Indochine starring Catherine Deneuve.