Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion – Revel in the Harmonious Medley of History and Culture and Reenact Crazy Rich Asians’ Mahjong Scene
January 29, 2020
Centrally located 4-kilometre away from the Gurney Drive seafront promenade, 9-kilometre away from Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple, and just a 5-minute walk to China Town and other significant heritage spots in Penang, traverse into the eclectic charm of George Town Penang’s illustrious history as you step into the world of Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion.
Conceived and constructed before the end of the 19th century, The Blue Mansion sets the tone for George Town’s Heritage Hotel industry and stands today as one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Malaysia. It is the only one to have won the prestigious UNESCO Conservation & Heritage award.
The transcendental quality and timelessness of the mansion has been perfectly poised for over a century on firm foundations of architectural, cultural and historical superlatives. Here, time comes to a halt as you meander along the mansion and revel in the harmonious medley of history and culture.
This hotel seamlessly blends old world charm with modern comforts. A wide array of amenities includes an exquisite dining experience at Indigo restaurant, a courtyard dining room and an idyllic terrace.
Indigo restaurant is inspired by Cheong Fatt Tze himself, offering a marriage between East and West not just in the setting, but also the cuisine. Its cuisine is a fine balance of flavours and expert techniques, a reflection of the ever-evolving culinary palette of Chef Jack – influenced by his upbringing in Penang, his kitchen experiences abroad and his travels across the globe. The lunch menu features fascinating dishes such as the Cold Laksa, the Steamed Lamb Dumplings, the Roasted Poussin, the Duck Schnitzel and more. Desserts like the White Chocolate and Barley Pudding also took me by surprise.
Last but not least, if you’ve watched the Crazy Rich Asians movie, you’ll be delighted to know that Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion was the setting for the movie’s memorable mahjong scene. Perhaps, you should grab another 3 pals and try to reenact the mahjong scene.
There are guided mansion tours daily which give you further insight into the story behind the architecture and history of George Town’s first heritage hotel.
Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion
Address: 14 Leith Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Contact: +604 262 0006
Note that this is an invited tasting.