Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Top choice historic building in George Town

This ostentatious, mint-green structure is among the most stunning restored residences in George Town. Every door, wall and archway is carved and often painted in gold leaf, and the grand rooms are furnished with majestic wood furniture featuring intricate mother-of-pearl inlay. There are displays of charming antiques, and fascinating black-and-white photos of the family in regal Chinese dress grace the walls. Self-guided visits are possible, or enquire about the timing of occasional guided tours (included in the ticket price).

The house belonged to Chung Keng Quee, a 19th-century merchant, clan leader and community pillar, as well as one of the wealthiest Peranakan of that era.

After visiting the main house, be sure to also check out Chung Keng Kwi Temple, the adjacent ancestral hall and the attached Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, with its dazzling collection of vintage bling and glittery ornamentation; admission to all is included.