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Located at Leith Street in George Town, Penang, the 'Blue Mansion' is a rare surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese.

It was built in the late 19th Century - commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze, a Hakka merchant-trader who left China as a penniless teenager and eventually established a vast financial empire throughout east Asia. Cheong wanted to preserve his heritage and share his love of culture and tradition through architecture.

In 1989, the mansion was purchased from Cheong Fatt Tze's descendants by a group of local Penang individuals to save the edifice from encroaching development and possible demolition.

The Blue Mansion won UNESCO’s Most Excellent Project Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in 2000. Visitors can now stay in a part of the mansion which is operated as a boutique hotel.

Today, it is well known by its distinctive blue-hued exterior is the result of an indigo-based limewash. The blue was very popular in the Colonial period and the dye was imported from India to Penang by the British.

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