The Mansion Built By The Merchant Cheong Fatt Tze At The End Of 19th Century Has ...
Stockphoto ID: 3376592
File name: cheong-fatt-tze-mansion-06.jpg
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Source: photographer Based in: Thailand
Description: The mansion built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th century has 38 rooms , 5 granite paved courtyards , 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows . Other features of the house include louvered windows , Chinese cut and paste porcelain work , and Art Nouveau stained glass . The mansion was originally built with careful attention to the principles of Feng Shui : it faces the sea and has Penang Hill behind it ; it has water running through it . The distinctive blue colour of the mansion is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant . The blue was very popular in the Colonial period and the dye was imported from India . The lime wash was very effective in a tropical weather as it absorbed moisture and cooled the house .
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