𝐁𝐮𝐤𝐢𝐭 𝐓𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐮𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞'𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝!
Sitting by the roadside in Seberang Perai's Bukit Tambun and flanked by rows of colourful heritage prewar shophouses, 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙝 𝙎𝙬𝙚𝙚 𝙇𝙚𝙚'𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖 𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚.
Heah Swee Lee's father, Heah Jin Wooi, was one of the leaders of the Penang Teochew Association who pioneered sugar cane planting in Kuala Kurau. Jin Wooi constructed this grandiose family mansion in Bukit Tambun, and it was there that Heah Swee Lee, who would subsequently take over his father's vast 2,000-acre Jin Heng Estate, was born in 1875. This means this mansion is more than a century old!
Its facade is adorned with 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲, 𝐩𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬.
There are very little documented history about this architectural gem, so it remains hidden. 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐛 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐛𝐮𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐮𝐤𝐢𝐭 𝐓𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐮𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞!
𝘽𝙪𝙠𝙞𝙩 𝙏𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙪𝙣: 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙝 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙, 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 📍: Next to Liu Sang Kopitiam, 24, 149, Bukit Tambun, 14100 Simpang Ampat, Penang
Heah Swee Lee's Grand Ancestral Villa. Notice that there's a small hilly cemetery behind the house, which you can also visit.
Closer look of the exterior of the mansion. It looks like it has received a little repainting.
The front door. The iron window grills are shaped in Chinese Double Happiness characters.
There's an Insta-worthy spot right at the front door too.
The mural on the wall depicts one of the journeys of the legendary Monkey King to the West and this is one of those episodes.
Some of the paintings are fading.
Many of the tiles are said to be stories from the 24 Filial Piety story of the Chinese folklore. This one in particular is about a man picking out all the bones from a fish before feeding it to his aged parents.
Not sure what this is about, but I spotted oranges!
This is about a man accompanying the grave of his mother during thunderstorm, because his mother was afraid of thunder when she was alive.
And many more stories! Most of them are too high up, I could'nt snap pictures.
Bonus Scene: The team walking about discovering the mansion's parameter.