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1881 Chong Tian Hotel, Penang

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Front façade of 1881 Chong Tian HotelFront façade of 1881 Chong Tian Hotel (20 May, 2012)

1881 Chong Tian Hotel (GPS: 5.417818, 100.334804) is a Chinese-style boutique hotel along Rope Walk, Penang. It occupies a row of restored three-storey shophouses that were built in the 1880s, when Larut tin mining brought much-awaited prosperity to George Town, enabling some of the first three-storey shophouses to be built.

The development of Rope Walk in the 1880s coincided with the influx of Hakkas and Cantonese into George Town. It was also around this period, or a short while later, that the Cantonese district associations such as Ng Fook Thong began to occupy part of George Town which until then were Indian and Indian Muslim settlements.

Reception Hall of the 1881 Chong Tian HotelReception Hall of the 1881 Chong Tian Hotel (20 May, 2012)

The inscription of George Town as a World Heritage Site has generated attention to George Town, and this is reflected in the restoration of the Chong Tian Hotel, which until recently was one of a row of dilapidated pre-war buildings. The restoration effort has now completely spruced it up, turning it into a luxurious hotel in the Chinatown part of the city.


1881 Chong Tian Hotel
38 Rope Walk
10100 George Town, Penang

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Getting there

Chong Tian Hotel is located along Rope Walk, a short distance from its intersection with Campbell Street. The nearest bus stop is on Chulia Street. You can take Rapid Penang 10, 11, 12, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301 and 401 to get there.

1881 Chong Tian Hotel1881 Chong Tian Hotel (20 May, 2012)

1881 Chong Tian Hotel, after restoration1881 Chong Tian Hotel, after restoration (20 May, 2012)

1881 Chong Tian Hotel, before restoration1881 Chong Tian Hotel, before restoration (24 November, 2008)

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