|The Entrance Courtyard|
We entered the mansion into a large, bright courtyard. To the left, the main reception room; to the right, the dining room. The grand staircase to the upper floors was right in front. In the corners, there were a number of reception rooms, some probably for family use and others for formal receptions. Many had family portraits staring down from the walls. Beautiful statues, elaborate ornaments decorated the rooms - many European in origin, all the better to display the wealth of the homeowner.
|The Long Table|
[There is a kitchen at the back of the house, but it was apparently closed during the time of our visit for some function. A pity - I like looking at old cooking implements!]
|Kasut Manek tops|
The upper floor of the mansion is reserved for the family- their bedrooms, sewing room, etc. Here, the decorations were simpler, and included (besides the collections) items which reflect the family's daily life.
|Peranakan Wedding Bed|
The glory days of the Peranakans are long over, living only in the memories of the older generations of Babas and Nonyas. But in this glorious old mansion, with its store of antiques, we can catch a glimpse of those days gone by.
Additional photos here.