Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blue Mansion 蓝屋 ...



张弼士故居
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Georgetown, Penang




张弼士故居 Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
or perhaps also known as (蓝屋) or  (Blue Mansion)
I guess very much because of its blue walls ...

For the night shots, I was using ISO 2000 and the largest aperture of F/3.5 to 4
on my prime lens of 18-105mm on the hand-held D90 with shutter of around
1/10 - 1/15 seconds ...




Build over a hundred years ago by a man called Cheong Fatt Tze
who migrated to South East Asia from China to seek fortune,
who then became a powerful Nanyang Industrialist ...





History records that he has 8 wives and many residence 
throughout his trading empire of which of those is 
this Blue Mansion. One of only few remaining 
Architectural styles of its kind outside of China ...




It is now restored into a Hotel. 
"Winner of the UNESCO Conservation Award 2000 
National Architecture Award for Conservation 1995."




unfortunately photographs are not allowed inside
and only residence are allowed to walk in,
I took these few shots after much time spent with
the guard ...




If you are not a resident of the hotel, 
visiting hours are at very specific times of the day
with guided tour only ...

17 comments:

smalldot said...

beautiful architecture and blue design with wonderful sculpted elements

Japy said...

Nice colors for a beautiful building. Greetings.

FOTO-POESIE / POESIE+LYRIK / HAIKU+FOTOGRAFIE / KURZGESCHICHTEN said...

Dear Wong Ching-wah,

Blue, the color of peace ...

Beautiful building, beautiful photos, thanks!

Kind regards

Hans-Peter

Minusca said...

Wonderful pictures.
Blue is the color of peace and positivity, of happiness and joy
I like it

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic .....lovely blue color
and a nice location.

greetings, Joop

Mama-Bug said...

That's a beautiful building; it's blue walls make it quite unique. Have a wonderful weekend Wong.

Vibeke Sahl said...

Great pictures!! I really like the ones taken at dark!! Nice with the history description of it as well - completed the serie very well!! Vibeke :)

Costea said...

Relaxing colors. Interesting architecture.

Cloudia said...

A glorious feast for my eye!

A treat for the mind.

A Resident resides in a residence.

The residents all reside in the residence.

Residents / Residence = a strangeness of English. If only I could understand Mandarin as well as you do English!

Celia na Italia said...

Nice colors!

Olga Ricci said...

Preciosas imágenes de una arquitectura espectacular. Luz y color bellísimos!
Saludos.

Carolina Tavares said...

Surely an architectural beauty. Somewhat more exotic beautiful and sumptuous.

yas said...

Nice blue building! wonderful shot!
Have a good Sunday!

Levonne said...

I love that shot through the gate posts!

MIMOSA said...

Not only do I like blue, detail of the doors, the arches and the whole structure, the restoration has been worth it.
I like the vision that it show us

Traveling Hawk said...

That mansion is marvelous. I love the fountain in the courtyard.

Eyeliquor said...

The Blue Mansion looks fantastic
Well done Wong!!