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The House of Yeap Chor Ee

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Address: The House of Yeap Chor Ee No 4 Penang Street, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

The House of Yeap Chor Ee is a social history gallery tells the story of...

The House of Yeap Chor Ee is a social history gallery tells the story of Yeap Chor Ee, a young immigrant who arrived in Penang in the 1880s. Through the journey of Yeap Chor Ee, the Gallery gives an insight into his life and the lives of immigrants who arrived on the island from China more than 100 years ago.

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Interesting family house

Interesting family house filled with history, style, class, and antiques. The house is clean and well kept and one is free to roam around. The audio guide and video provide good... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2015

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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Have always been fascinated with the Straits Baba Nonyas. I thought to check out this small social museum because of the excellent reviews. I was rather disappointed with the setup and staff. So you have to ring the doorbell to be buzzed in. You enter this empty gleaming hallway/shop. After awhile of wondering what next, a lady appeared behind the... More 

Thank NCHmelbourne
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The house of Yeap Chor Ee is a nice little place to visit if you find yourself with some extra time in Penang, but not worth skipping other sites. The audio guide was complementary, but gave the same information as what was written on the exhibits. More information about the family or actual items on display would have been appreciated.

Thank Rebecca C
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Yeap Chor Ee was a humble barber. He became a shopkeeper. He ventured in the world of sugar refining and seller of the commodity. He became a money lender and then a banker. This is home and here you hear his story and learn more about his family. Wife #4 features as a unique character in her own right, as... More 

Thank Alexander6011
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 July 2016

A very beautifully restored place with a slightly modern touch, the House of Yeap Chor Ee provides a very quaint experience going through informative exhibits located on all 3 floors of the house. Information is well-disseminated via appealing infographics and photographs. Artifacts in this museum are items actually used by Yeap Chor Ee and his family. This museum provides a... More 

Thank pspam1234567
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

This museum about the life of Yeap Chor Ee is fascinating and an inspiration for any would be entreprenuer. A man whose parents died when he was very young and then a misearble childhood until at seventeen he emigrated to Penang. Lived in squalid conditions working as a hairdresser and then acquired a business and became weathly from sugar import... More 

Thank Roy f
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

How did a young, penniless Chinese 19th century immigrant become one of Penang's wealthiest men who at various times controlled Malaysia's sugar business or the world's tin trade? The House of Yeap Chor Ee advertises itself as a "social history gallery," and that is what it is. If you are looking for the feel of a "home" ("How did people... More 

Thank rugiez
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Interesting family house filled with history, style, class, and antiques. The house is clean and well kept and one is free to roam around. The audio guide and video provide good information. Worth a visit if you are in Georgetown.

Thank Reise2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

This is a chinese immigrant who came to malaya worked his guts out to become a millionaire. He is a well know philantrophist in penang. You will be taken on an audio tour of his house showing his early livelyhood in malaya and how he worked his way to become a millionaire. these are a few of the early people... More 

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Penang, Malaysia
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Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

I like the audio thingy they gave for the visit. Each section will have audio explanation and make the tour more informative instead of just looking at photos. Things inside are well maintained. And the place is very clean.

Thank epun
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 23 February 2015

One of the richest personalities in Penang, Yeap Chor Ee was a Chinese immigrant from rags to riches fame. Filled with antiques and Peranakan furniture, this four-storey shophouse is now a museum and open to the public. Some interesting items on exhibit include the 1920's passport of a Chinese national and a Chinese Immigrant infographic panel. There is an admission... More 

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