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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at Leith Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The mansion's indigo-blue outer wall makes it a very distinct building in the area.The c. 1880s mansion built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of the 19th century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. It served as Cheong's private residence as well as the seat of his business activities.The architecture of the mansion originates from the Su Chow Dynasty Period in China. Features of the house include Gothic louvred windows, Chinese cut and paste porcelain work, Stoke-on-Trent floor tiles made of encaustic clay in geometric pieces all shaped to fit to a perfect square, Glasgow cast iron works by MacFarlane's & Co. and Art Nouveau stained glass windows. The mansion was originally built with careful attention to the principles of Feng Shui. The domestic annexe is built in front of it to prevent any road being built to create a T-junction in front of it; it has water running through a meandering network of pipes that begin from the eaves of the roof, channelled through the upper ceiling, down the walls collecting in the central courtyard before being channelled away from the property via a similar network of pipes, in this case, underneath the entire flooring system and is built with a step in the middle to create a slope (to ride on the dragons back.)

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