Retna and I went to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (CFTM) in June 29, 2013 for a quick visit. Due to the timing, we were not able to join the guided tour. By the way, CFTM does not allow anyone to enter the premise without buying the entrance ticket, which is RM12. The tour lasted for 1.5 hours, enough for the visitors to photograph as well as listen to the history of CFTM.
We met the very unfriendly security personnel and also the ticket seller (last trip when we were here, he told us no photograph allowed).
The tour started at 11am, with an introduction of CFTM by a lady narrator. Her session seems short. However, do not be fooled by her stand-up sharing. It took 30mins. For older folks, grab a seat first. You may have to stand for some time.
Only the second part of the narrating, she invited everyone to sit on the floor of the air well.
You can read all about CFTM here.
Special thanks to Retna’s university mate for sending us a book of CFTM.
The internal decoration, especially the furnitures were not the same as what CFTM used to be. Some of the furnitures look rather newer, and the vases, coming from China. If you are imagining what I am trying to explain to you, just head over to the China stalls, often located at large wet market with signboard – ‘Last 3 days, only want money, don’t want stock!’
Rings a bell?
Downstairs, the part I like the most is the living hall, which usher the visitors and people into the house. It is then leading the visitors into the air well, which brings in sunlight as well as air. Narrator said the air well brings good fengshui.
The living hall next to the air well is not a cafe. The furnitures may seem old, but again, do not think Mr. Cheong had his meals there long ago.
Upstairs are rather empty. Really empty. Nothing much to see.
At the side of the mansion, it is the rooms for Mr. Cheong’s families. He has 8 wives. You can imagine why he needed 38 rooms.
At the entrance, where the security personnel sits, used to be the servant quarters, it is now a toilet.
Worth our trip. Because I ain’t going there again.
The narrator is boring. There is nothing much to see.
Talking about maintaining the historical value of the premise, seriously CFTM may need to learn from team maintaining Shogun Castle in Kyoto.