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Malaysia - Cheong Fatt Tze "Blue" Mansion in Penang

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Penang (Malay: Pulau Pinang, Chinese: 槟城/檳城, Chinese: 槟榔屿/檳榔嶼) is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous.


The 110 year old Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located in George Town, Penang. The most unique feature of this Chinese courtyard mansion is its original indigo-blue paint. It has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. It won the UNESCO's Asia-Pacific Heritage 2000 Award for Conservation.


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. However the blue is a colour of death in Chinese culture and the practice was never introduced in Hong Kong. The house was originally painted white in the time of the owner, and the indigo was applied much later.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Photo Focal length: 38.00 mm; Aperture: 9.0; Exposure time: 1/200 s; ISO: 200


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Taken on January 1, 2010