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The Mansion Built By The Merchant Cheong Fatt Tze At The End Of 19th Century Has ...

The Mansion Built By The Merchant Cheong Fatt Tze At The End Of 19th Century Has ...

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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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