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“Chinese immigrant”

The House of Yeap Chor Ee
Ranked #92 of 207 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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Chinese immigrant”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 who helped to develop penang to what it is today. A truly malaysian.

Visited June 2015
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English first
Penang, Malaysia
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“New knowledge ”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Rags to riches philantrophist”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2014
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Hangzhou, China
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“great history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited December 2014
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“An interesting Heritage house”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2014
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Thank Christine F
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