If you are a history buff and love learning about the glamorous mystery of the past or if you are just a fan of “The Little Nyonya”, a drama series based on the Peranakan heritage, then Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang is the place to visit.
A UNESCO heritage site restored and maintained to remind the world of the rich Peranakan heritage of Penang, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a living museum of the culture that came about from the marriage of the local Malays and the immigrant Chinese. A beautifully restored property, the exterior and interiors of the mansion highlights the various cultures that influenced its architecture. The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a masterpiece that is influenced by British tilework, Scottish iron weldings, European furniture and Chinese carved wood panels and detailing.
Restored to show how the rich Chinese merchants of the 1890’s lived, the mansion is filled with stories and photographic nooks and corners. Walking through the mansion, it is easy to lose yourself in the lifestyle of a century ago. The interiors are awe-worthy as you realise how elaborate and opulent the lifestyle and traditions of the past were. As you walk through the mansion, you’ll get to see everything that belonged to the original residents, starting from their precious jewellery to wedding attires and even items of daily use.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion conducts guided tours only twice daily so we highly recommend taking your own local tour guide along. Connect with a local travel expert on Locaguide and ask him to show you around the mansion because it is almost impossible to cover it entirely without help from a guide. He will be able to show you pieces that were in use by the Peranakan families and explain the history behind the items showcased in the museum. Given how vast the mansion is, it would be wise to go there early before crowds start pouring in so you have time to indulge in extensive photography sessions and also soak in the glamour and grandeur of the mansion.