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“Rags to riches philantrophist”

The House of Yeap Chor Ee
Ranked #94 of 224 things to do in Penang Island
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Owner description: 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.
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 charge of RM12. Worth a visit if you are in the heritage area of Georgetown.

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Reviewed 14 December 2014

Haven't heard about this place before, as well never heard about his name, turns out he was the founder of OCBC bank,one of the richest man of his time. He also very close to one of Indonesia's richest man,that was trading sugar. Found this place by mistake after exploring pinang peranakan house, as the place is nearby, around 5 minutes walk.the house considered small but beautiful with western touch that makes it different with other house such as peranakan house and blue mansion. The audio tour included with 12RM entrance fee, with additional 6RM you can enjoy the tea or coffee at threaded behind the house.

The house equipped with video providing early life of Mr. Yeap as well as early immigrants, further it explores his life,some interview with his employee and his son's life.

1  Thank Martin_Martin27
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Reviewed 27 September 2014

The original owner of this house was a Chinese immigrant who arrived in Penang penniless and became a millionaire, illustrating the proverbial rags to riches saga. His heirs have opened (one of) his house and turned it into a museum furnished with its original mother of pearl incrusted furniture and featuring a collection of photographs and charts detailing the history of the family and others like his.
The exhibits (some of which seem to have been taken from The Sire restaurant, another property and venture of the Yap family) are well presented and informative.There are huge photographs of the old Homestead, the original great and opulent mansion of the family as well pictures of weddings and events punctuating the lives of Yap Chor Ee many descendants.
Overall an educational tour of Penang history.
Why is it then that this is somehow spoilt by the choice of flooring (shiny black) and of white aluminium frames and cheap looking handles for the windows?
Surely the designers should have better respected the Heritage style of the house. Looking at the photographs of the old mansion with its wonderful tiled floor one can only regret this "faute de goût".
Also the admission price is a little steep (12RM) and the selling of cheap trinkets and souvenirs at the entrance could be reconsidered.

Thank Christine F
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Reviewed 9 September 2014

It was relocated the house of Yeap Chor Ee to the new location at core zone of UNESCO Georgetown, although a little bit small, but also can cater for all he history of the Mr.Yeap Chor Ee.

Thank Alan_KaiLoon
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

It was an eye opening and inspiring biography of Yeap Chor Ee which is well preserved for the public. You really need to take your time and slowly look at the artefacts. Pay attention on the detailed explanation.

Thumbs up for the attentive staff as well. If you not plan to take the full tour. You can Choose to roam around the gift shops area.

1  Thank Billy C
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