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“Fascinating!”

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 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 live in those days?"), you'll be disappointed. But if you are curious about history, culture, or people, you will find the personal history of this Chinese entrepreneur totally fascinating. Along the way, you'll learn about Chinese wedding customs, you can study a graph of his unbroken 2,500-year old lineage, and yes, you'll also see some amazing pieces of inlaid furniture.

You can listen to a 20-minute interview with one of his bank employees. (This was a personal favorite of mine, though we ran out of time and I couldn't finish it.)

You're free to roam the gallery on your own; the audio tour included in the price is very good (though the actual machinery is a bit finicky at times - I wish it worked a bit better. But it does the job...)

I like to see things I normally don't see and learn about people from a different segment of life. After a slow start, I got into things and found this gallery a real treasure trove. I definitely rate this one of Penang's top attractions!

We could only stay 90 min., so I'm already planning to find a time when I can go back and look more carefully at what I missed. (And listen to the rest of that interview...)

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
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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 who helped to develop penang to what it is today. A truly malaysian.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
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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
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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 charge of RM12. Worth a visit if you are in the heritage area of Georgetown.

Thank nellielim
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