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The House of Yeap Chor Ee
Ranked #93 of 222 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 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 counter and stared at us. So we asked awkwardly how this works. She then asked us what we would like to do. We finally worked out that you can get an audio guide if you want or just read a handout. She then left us to wonder around the place ourselves (which we actually preferred as we can take out time). The place was hot and stuffy despite the air conditioning unit. At a room we saw another lady appearing from a doorway and asked if she could turn up the air conditioning and she replied that it was already up. We wondered thorough a nicely curated collection but decided to cut short out visit because we were so hot. We went to the empty entrance and tried to get out. An invisible fairy buzzed us out after we rattled at the door. Go only if you have an hour to spare and do not mind the heat.

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
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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 does Yeap Chor Ee who never abandoned his roots and humble beginnings. You get a an audio guide as you enter and pause, on various levels, to hear a member of the family talk about the life of this family and the various residences they made home. It is fascinating. Well worth a visit

Thank Alexander6011
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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 holistic view of the life of Yeap Chor Ee and his family. I learnt a lot about his life, culture and contributions to society.

I highly recommend this place as a place for one to learn more not only about this man, but also about the way of life in the past (e.g. arranged marriages, societal norms of the past etc.).

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 and refinement using the capital to start a bank. He bought a huge mansion and furntiure from that house forms part of the exhibition. It is well worth a visit to get an insight into the life of an immigrant and the story of success. The audio commentary is very helpful.

Thank Roy f
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