House of Yeap Chor Ee

Social history gallery in the heart of Penang

4 Lebuh Penang George Town, Penang

+601 2428 5191 or +604 2610 190

The House of Yeap Chor Ee was the first home of Yeap Chor Ee, a young immigrant who came to Penang in 1885 and worked as a barber before becoming a captain of industry at the turn of the 20th century.

The building was turned into a Social History Gallery in 2008. Through the journey of Yeap Chor Ee, the gallery gives an insight into his remarkable life and the lives of immigrants who arrived on the island from China, more than 100 years ago.

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Attentive staff, engaging videos and audio guide transform The House of Yeap Chor Ee into an out-of-the-norm and interactive showcase of Penang's history. 

-- Awarded as the Best Penang Attraction for 2013 by



从喧囂的闹市中推门进去,让我有点时空错乱的感觉,不禁在门口愣了一下,思考究竟自己身在何处。 Read full article


Home Front

A small feature in the Winter 2012 edition of  Spherea luxury, travel and lifestyle magazine for Orient-Express.


Pride in family history

'You need to know where you come from to know where you are going ...'

New Straits Times - September 2012

Very impressive and lovingly presented exhibit. An inspirational tour of the life of a great man. We are proud to be the first Portuguese visitors which is even more special as we are deeply fond of Chinese culture and the Chinese people. Congratulations.
— Jose, Anna and Ines Pena, August 2012
We were very impressed with the way you managed to tell the unique story of the Straits Chinese immigrant experience by focusing on the incredible accomplishments of Yeap Chor Ee. I thought that the videos you created were both entertaining and informative. The videos gave the context for understanding the social and political world that the migrants entered into. I particularly appreciated their charming whimsical and naive format that were able to express complex ideas about economic development.The use of contemporary design in an old structure gave one the sense of the continuity of this family history. The photographs and newspaper images,graphs and genealogy all helped to clarify this rags to riches story. On one hand the viewer followed the dynamic development of an individual family, but at the same time gained insight into the struggles of the Chinese migrants and their contributions to the development of Georgetown and Malaysia. Kudos on the design of the entire project.
— Michael Shuste - Curator, Eastwest Centre, Honululu, July 2012
Incredibly beautiful. Unique!
— Braschi, Roma, Italy May 2012
Wow! One of the best museums we have ever been to in Malaysia - we have been to nearly all! Worth many visits. Well done indeed!
— Mr & Mrs MC Rawlinson, Penang, April 2012
This is the most comprehensive recording of Penang’s social history I have ever come across.
— Sau Toh Sek, Singapore, April 2012
Substance, education, entertainment. Great!
— John Roberts, Adelaid, South Australia April 2012
Exquisite place. Keep it going. A treasure of Penang.
— Raguran Krishnan, Penang April 2012
Good to see history preserved.
— Kevin Smith, Sydney, Australia, April 2012
Wonderful and interesting exhibition.
— Nies Sol, Phuket/Netherlands, April 2012

Telephone: +601 2428 5191 / +604 2610 190

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