Monday, April 12, 2010
Featured: Hai Kee Chan (Pinang Peranakan Museum) by Boon's Gallery
Captured in fine details, this photo gallery on the museum is the most complete and comprehensive. The gallery is segregated into sub-categories to make viewing an ease. While most visitors spend less than an hour averagely, Boon dedicated no less than 4 hours to capture every inch and corner of the museum. His passion and dedication has made us feel proud of our heritage as Penangites. Visit and enjoy Boon's Gallery on Hai Kee Chan (Pinang Peranakan Museum).
The Ground Floor
The Top Level
The Main Staircase
The Ancestor's Hall
About Hai Kee Chan (Pinang Peranakan Museum)
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today.
At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home.
How to Get There? Wikimapia
Opens: Monday - Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed on Sundays and all public holidays
Daily conducted tour at 11.30am and 3.30pm sharp
Admission: RM10.00 for adult (aged 12 and above)
Free for children below 12 and RM5.00 for School Children in uniform.
Address: 29, Church Street, 10200 Penang
Tel: +6 04 264 2929, Fax: +6 04 264 1929