Seven Terraces - George Town UNESCO WHS, Penang


Built in the late 19th century, Seven Terraces is a contiguous row of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses located just behind the Goddess of Mercy Temple. The row of houses today is a sterling splendid example of an adaptive reuse of heritage buildings that is of low density and low impact.

Historically, these houses were a redevelopment of the original Lee Kongsi building circa 1893, in a period of time when George Town's Kelly maps were just completed. The row was redeveloped by Koe Guan, the holding company of local millionaire and governor of southern Thailand, Khaw Sim Bee. This row is the first residential and commercial expansion by Koe Guan outside of the original settlement that bordered Pitt Street. Houses built by local property developers along Stewart Lane and Muntri Street at the end of the 19th century were the earliest examples of mass housing that were taller, more imposing and with significantly higher ceilings as compared to shophouses built in other parts of George Town earlier in that century..

The architecture of these shophouses, with classical decorative details imported from England, is similar to the traditional urban house models common in southern China. The five-foot-way, a covered walkway that connects these shophouses on the ground floor, is another feature at Seven Terraces that is characteristic of most heritage shophouses in Penang. This unique walkway represents a colonial adaptation designed to suit the tropical climate, providing a length of covered space as a shield from the heat and rain. .

When you walk into these terrace houses, a distinctive feature of traditional Chinese architecture that strikes your attention and welcomes you is the open courtyards and air wells in the centre of the houses. These are open air spaces that function mostly as natural ventilation for the houses, allowing light and air into the interior rooms to keep the whole house well illuminated in the day and cool the whole day through. Usually, there will also be a second courtyard for the bathroom where rain water is stored for use in the bathroom. The number of courtyards for each of these houses is relative to the length of the property. There are 200ft long houses along Muntri Street that have as many as three open air courtyards. These courtyards are paved by massive granite slabs that add character and warmth to the overall space. These granite slabs were recycled from the ballast carried by trading junks that unloaded the stones at the Penang port, at the end of their return journey..

At Seven Terraces, the shophouses are relatively shorter but still highly functional, with each measuring about 100ft in length and comprising an open air courtyard, wherein the room proportions project a sense of wide living space. Today, the terrace houses have been cleverly transformed into spacious suites on the first floor, with two suites in each shophouse. The ground floor now becomes a public area where the reception, swimming pool, lounge and Kebaya Restaurant are all conveniently located.


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Room Type

18 suites

Room Description

Stewart Lane Suites ~ double story suites have a mezzanine bedroom above their generous living room and are fitted with peranakan antique furniture and comfortable club chairs. Fully air conditioned on both levels with led televisions, large bathrooms with overhead rainshowers and marble basin cabinets, all separated from the living area by a full length panelled, teak screens. The four poster king size bed is custom made with original Chinese carvings and can be fitted with a romantic mosquito net. Full length curtains and a 17 foot etched glass screen provide privacy for afternoon naps or very early arrivals. The shuttered windows open to views of the recently restored Kuan Yin Temple and the terrace houses of Stewart Lane. All rooms have original carved consoles and desks and mother of pearl blackwood ceremonial chairs and benches and feature original baba nonya embroidery on silk.

The Argus Suite ~ These larger, double storey suites have all the amenities of the Stewart Lane suites but with the addition of their own outdoor deck with views of the magnificent Georgian Church next door. The terracotta decks have black Burmese ginger jars planted with pink and white frangipani and a concealed night bathroom. Rattan chairs provide the perfect place to relax, read and enjoy the sun.

The Grand Apartment ~ is made up of two grand suites each with an adjacent extra bedroom and bathroom if required. The grand suites have their own tiled entrance hallway with a set of carved, gilded peranakan doors and sit either side of a double storied atrium courtyard. They occupy the entire top floor of the grandest terrace in the row. The grand suites can be rented together as a grand apartment or seperately when available

The Argus Lane Grand Apartment ~ has a mezzanine bedroom and its own private deck and en suite powder room above an enormous living room with generous bathroom with a rainshower and its own bath. The full width bathroom is shuttered but opens to an extensive deck with its own large urns of frangipani which overlook the pool and the Georgian Church. The suite offers an attached chamber with its own bathroom for larger families or guests wishing to have separate bedrooms. The furnishings are antique and feature fine, black laquered pieces and intricately carved and gilded peranakan desks and consoles.

The Stewart Lane Grand Apartment ~ has soaring ceilings and is on one level with an adjacent, smaller twin chamber with small bathroom for staff, children or concubines. It has shuttered windows to a double storey courtyard, a four poster carved peranakan bed and a collection of C19th black laquered and gilded furniture comprising opium beds, carved altar tables and beautifully painted cabinets

Facilities & Activities

24-hour manager on duty; 24-hour security ; Complimentary wifi ; Lap pool ; Breakfast ; Verandah, garden and beautiful public areas for reading and entertaining friends ; Lift for guests with difficulty in climbing stairs ; Foot and body massage in your room by arrangement ; Personal laundry can be organised with a 24-hour turnaround ; Dining room serving indo and Straits Chinese meals to our own in house menus ; Full bar and cocktail trolley ; A boutique specialising in antique furniture and period porcelain


Ticketing & tours, motor bikes & trishaw hires ; Guided tours of the World Heritage Site and other local icons ; Cooking classes with Malay inspired chefs ; Chauffeur driven airport transfer

Child Policy

~Child = 04 - 12 yrs old

~Child below 03 years old is not allowed in all suites

Breakfast Entitlement & Room Bedding

Stewart Lane Suite

~Room consist of 01 king bed only

~Inclusive of breakfast for 02 persons

Argus Lane Suite

~Room consist of 01 king bed or 02 single beds

~Inclusive of breakfast for 02 persons

Stewart Lane Grand Suite

~Room consist of 01 king bed & 02 single beds

~Inclusive of breakfast for 04 persons

Argus Lane Grand Suite & adjoining Chamber

~Room consist of 01 king bed & 02 single beds

~Inclusive of breakfast for 04 persons

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in : 1400hrs

Check-out : 1200hrs

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