Peranakan Culture and Penang Heritage Shop Houses, the Early Chapter

WHS Choeng Fatt Tze Mansion, George Town
Malaysia is a melting pot of diverse peoples. Chinese are one of the ingredients apart from the Malayus, Indians and the residents of other Muslims. Chinese have settled on Peninsular Malaysia and married native women. Creating a group with a unique culture called Peranakan.
Peranakan Culture
Peranakan means "born here". This culture inherited from Hokkian Chinese merchants since the beginning of the century 14-15 and after WW 2. The Peranakan descendants are also available in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand (Phuket).

One part of World Heritage Sites in George Town and Melaka are consists of charms of Peranakan culture. Both historic cities were the important trading ports since ancient times.

Between visiting the World Heritage Sites on Peninsular Malaysia, what I feel that the Peranakan culture is a luxury lifestyle with a blend of Chinese, Malay and Western colonial –era, rich with elegant interiors, architecture, dress, jewelry, food and faith.
WHS, Historic Building, George Town, Penang

This group speaks Chinese, Malay and English. Men dressed as wealthy Chinese or Western and well educated. Women dressed in batik sarongs. Live in large houses surrounded by many servants and tied up their husbands’ heart with skilled cooking.

The elegant mansions of Peranakan millionaires in Penang and Melaka, their treasures and culture have been treated very well. Interestingly preserving and exhibiting, we have the opportunity to experience in a variety of dimensions, from museums, hotels converted from Peranakan Mansions, souvenir shops as well as restaurants serving authentic Peranakan cuisine.
WHS Historic Houses, Love Lane, George Town
Inside Historic House, Floor Tile, Air Vent in the Middle of House

Penang Heritage Shop Houses
Architectures in George Town are the old commercial buildings at least the late 18th century until the mid-20th century.

Fast Facts
  • Influenced by Chinese, European and Indian
  • 1790s - 1950's
  • Divided to 6 eras: Early Penang style, Southern Chinese Electric style, Early Straits Electric style, Late Straits Electric style, Art Deco style and Early Modern style
  • Physical appearances: 1-3 storey, simple to decorative facade, carved timber door, floor tile, terracotta roof tile, air vent, gable end, full-length window and plaster relief.

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