One of the most remarkable personalities of nineteenth century Malaya, Chung Keng Kwee – millionaire philanthropist, tin mining pioneer, political leader, founder of Taiping – left an indelible contribution to Penang’s cultural heritage. He commissioned two adjacent buildings, the magnificent ancestral hall Shen Zhi Jia Shu and the prestigious family mansion Hai Ji Zhan, that stand today as a lasting testimony to another age. This innovative and beautifully-illustrated book offers a unique insight into Chung’s life and how it found expression in the splendour of his architectural creations.
‘Majestic Hall, Prestigious Mansion’ is written in English and Chinese.
About the Author
Trained in Taiwan, Tan Yeow Wooi is a Penang-based architect specialising in heritage conservation. He has undertaken extensive research on traditional Chinese culture and architecture throughout Southeast Asia. He is the author of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi: The History and Architecture (2003). He has had solo photography exhibitions.
Table of Contents
Foreword I: Dr Wong Yee Tuan
Foreword II: Kang Ruo-xi
Prologue: Tan Yeow Wooi
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee
Chapter 3: The Construction of Shen Zhi Jia Shu and Hai Ji Zhan
Chapter 4: Hai Ji Zhan
Chapter 5: Shen Zhi Jia Shu
Chapter 6: The Architecture of Shen Zhi Jia Shu
Chapter 7: The Meanings and Representations of the Buildings
Table of Chinese-English Translations
陈耀威, 槟城人。台湾成功大学建筑系毕业。从事文化遗产保存工作，以及东南亚华人文史建筑研究。著有 《槟城龙山堂邱公司历史与建筑》。