Seri Mutiara, George Town, Penang


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Seri Mutiara, George Town, Penang (29 January, 2005)




Seri Mutiara is the official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri, or governor, of Penang. It is located along Western Road, also called Jalan Utama, and overlooks the Polo Ground.

The history of Seri Mutiara goes back to 1888, when a decision was made to build the official residence of the Resident Councillor of Penang on the site in front of the Polo Ground. Until then, the British administrators had had their residences along the North Shore, which is where Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is today.



Seri Mutiara (20 May, 2006)



Seri Mutiara was at that time known as the Residency. The architect who designed it was Major Sir Maurice Alexander Cameron, the deputy colonial engineer and Surveyor General of the Straits Settlements at that time. The building has a floor plan of the capital letter T, with an east and west wing, and an axis. Pilasters and columns decorate the ground and upper floor. The roofline is balustraded, thereby hiding the roof from view.

The stately Seri Mutiara was completed in 1890 and cost $48,000 Straits Dollars. Fittings and furnishing placed the total cost of the governor's residence at over $81,000. The first occupant of the Residency was A.M. Skinner, the sixth Resident Councillor of Penang. The grounds surrounding it is immaculately kept. It is also home to several very interesting trees, forming a mini botanic gardens which, unfortunately, is not open to the public. Among the trees here are the brazil nut, the elephant apple, the cannon-ball tree, nutmeg, Indian ebony, butterfruit, teak, and one of the three baobab trees in Penang. Why so many trees here? Well, because the Resident Councillor of Penang was also the Chairman of the Waterfall Gardens Committee.

The Residency served as the official residence of the highest ranking British colonial officer in Penang until Merdeka, when the stately mansion became the property of the state government, and home to the Penang governors. The first Governor of Penang to occupy it was Yang Amat Mulia Raja Tun Uda Raja Mohammad. Today, Seri Mutiara is the home of the Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri, or Head of State, of Penang.



Seri Mutiara (29 January, 2005)

Getting there

Seri Mutiara is located along Jalan Utama, formerly Western Road, facing the Polo Ground. Rapid Penang Bus No. 304 pass here.

Nearby Sights

  1. Penang General Hospital
  2. Polo Ground
  3. Caring Society Complex


Seri Mutiara (20 May 2006)




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