It is a building that you cannot miss. With it’s strong indigo blue color it is a real eye-catcher.
The house is renovated by the people who bought it about 25 years ago. A part of it is in use by the owners, another part is transformed into a small guesthouse. Three times a day there are paid guided tours for around 25 people.
We took one of those tours. It lasted about an hour. Our guide spoke excellent english and was clearly very professional. Both in being a guide, in entertaining a group and in her knowledge from this historic monument.
Positive points from the tour:
- you get up close and personal to the building, so that you can take beautiful pictures from the blue facade and the historic carriages that are standing in front.
- you learn a lot about the history of this building, about the people who lived there and about those days in general.
- you see the inside of (a part of) the building
|The interior courtyard is huge with gorgeous iron-wrought fences and pillars.|
- you get access to the balcony on the first floor where all the gorgeous cut-and-glue mosaic tableaus are.
|I just looooove these miniature tableaus. They are so pretty and detailed!|
Some (small) negative points:
- the groups are big, so that I could often not see the guide (she was not that tall;-)), let alone hear what she was saying.
- at certain moments the information was a bit too detailed, taking too much time for my attention span
- the guide joked a bit too much, giving me the uncomfortable feeling as if I was in a class with a funny teacher who expected me to laugh all the time. Tiring.
But all in all I really enjoyed the tour.
Some remarkable facts:
- the chinese man who built it and owned it started his life with nothing, worked hard, married into a good family, got very, very rich and built several houses in several countries.
- he ended up having 7 wives. No, not sequentially; simultaneously! When he married his latest, seventh wife, he was 77 years old, while she was 27!
|His seventh, young wife.|
- Did you see the beautiful movie IndoChine with Catherine Deneuve? I did. Well, that movie was shot in the Blue Mansion. Only, for that movie, they painted it orange!!! Now I have to see that movie again and see wether I recognize the building and the interior.
If you visit Georgetown, I strongly recommend that you visit the Blue Mansion. It is a true gem!