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Pinang Peranakan Museum

Pinang Peranakan Museum is located in the Church Street of Penang, Malaysia. The museum originally is a mansion of rich Kapitan and it is a fusion of various culture worldwide during the nineteen century.

Pinang Peranakan Museum is located in the Church Street of Penang, Malaysia. The museum is originally a mansion of the late Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee, who is a millionaire infamous for his tin mining business and as a leader of the Hai San group (a secret society in Malaysia during British’s colonial). It had been built in early nineteen century in the Malaysia’s unique ‘Peranakan’ style, although Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee himself is not a descendent of the Peranakan. The mansion had been named as “Hai Kee Chan” or Sea Remembrance Store.

The mansion is a fusion of different culture and construction styles from worldwide, for example the Chinese’s wood-carved panels, English’s ceramic floor tiles, Scottish’s ironworks, Indonesian’s furniture and European’s collectibles such as glasses. The mansion now had been bought by a developer who recognized the importance of preserving the extinguishing culture of the Peranakan, he had refurbished the mansion into a museum opens to visitors. The current owner also displaying other antiques and collectibles related to the Peranakan and British’s colonial period in the museum. The museum although requiring entrance fees of RM10, but it is worth as they allowed the visitors to hang in the mansion without time restrictions, taking unlimited photos and also providing tour guide service.

Extra notes: Peranakan is also known as the “Baba and Nyonya”. They are the unique descendents of the Chinese who migrated to Malaysia during Malacca Kingdom and married to the local native of Malays. They are famous for their lifestyle, cuisines and clothing which are the blended culture of Malay’s native, Chinese and English.

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