Photo Diary: The Blue Mansion, Penang

The Blue Mansion has an entrance fee of RM17, which is inclusive of a guided tour (conducted in English) but do note that there are only three time slots per day for tours, which is 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3.30 p.m. – we initially arrived at 2.10 p.m. but couldn’t enter so had to return at 3.15 p.m.. The tour consists of an introduction (about the creator of the mansion), which goes on for half an hour, and after that, fifteen minutes of exploring the pavilion and upper floor while still being informed of the details by the tour guide. Our tour guide was a jovial elderly lady, who was rather comical but informative; however, she specified that we can only roam certain areas, which was disappointing as the area I wanted to explore was off-limits. That being said, I preferred visiting the Peranakan Museum as that was an interactive experience which painted a vivid picture of life in olden-day Penang whereas The Blue Mansion just offers a glimpse into the architectural style (which is still fascinating) and information regarding the owner and the restoration of the building, which can also be found online.

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” David Allan Coe


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