Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Penang 檳城, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, 喬治城張弼士故居

Otherwise famously known as the blue mansion. Striking blue colour of the mansion is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant imported from India. As the name of the mansion suggests, the mansion is of Chinese origins, but the distinct colour of the mansion is very much against Chinese traditions. No reputable traditional Chinese person would paint their house or any building in blue because it traditionally is the colour that represents death. This shows a clashing fusion of East and West culture. Unlike contemporary fusion of culinary skills, this blue actually worked very well for this mansion and people from all over the world, but mainly around Asia come to Penang to visit or experience the mansion in all it's bluish glory.
The mansion much thanks to it's long heritage and history is also famous amongst the paranormal community. During my stay in the mansion nothing much happened and I failed to capture our non-materialistic brothrens through my lens but my wife is quite convinced that we weren't alone through our entire stay in the mansion (YMMV).

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