The Peranakan or Baba Nyonya culture is a fascinating culture that is unique to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. During the 15th and 16th century, when men from China sailed across the ocean to South East Asia seeking for a better life, they married local women and also amalgamated Malayan and Chinese culture. The descendants are referred to as “Peranakans” or Baba Nyonyas. The Peranakan Mansion in Penang was built by Kapitan Cina (or Chinese Captain) Chung Keng Kwee, a wealthy Chinese man who had made his name through tin & mining business and his leadership position in the Hai San secret society.
The placard on the house says “海记栈” (“hai ji zhan”), meaning “Sea Remembrance Store”, which was the captain’s working and living quarters. The mansion on top of its vast amount of artifacts and unparalleled architecture, it truly depicts the household of Baba Nyonyas, making it a popular movie set, appearing in many Malaysian and Singaporean TV drama shows.
The first floor is the living quarters with a living room, bridal room, bed room and a treasure hall, bright with natural light shining through the central sky well.
The living room area on the first floor.
One of the rooms with vintage wedding dresses and cupboards full of nyonya dresses.
There could never be enough shoes in a woman’s wardrobe, likewise in a Peranakan household with many handcrafted delicate slippers with beads and embroidery.
At the end of your visit in the Peranakan Mansion, do check out the back of the mansion as the Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum is located there.
Part of the museum reenacts a gold smith’s shop from the bygone time.
or gigantic bracelets that are the size of door knockers, or enormous belts that could have been made for boxing champions.
Check out a few more photos of Straits Chinese Jewelery Museum below and enjoy your visit 🙂
Penang Peranakan Mansion Official Website
Address: 29 Church Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Opening Hours : Daily 9.30 am – 5 pm.
Admission Fee : RM 20 per person.
Tel: +604 264 2929