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Teochew Puppet and Opera House ~ 潮藝館   Leave a comment


The Puppets at the 潮藝館 (Teochew Puppet & Opera House)Museum

潮藝館 (Teochew Puppet & Opera House)
Teochew Puppet and Opera House
122 Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-262 0377

This museum houses a great and wide collection of iron rod Teochew puppets or marionettes, theatre Wayang costumes and head gears, musical instruments and other related general theatre regalia to both puppets and human performers. It has a permanent well-curated exhibition of many exquisite Teochew puppets or marionettes and also combining the craft of Teochew Chinese Opera with friendly and knowledgeable curators. There is a small opera stage for staging live performance of puppet shows as scheduled by them and stated on their Facebook link below.

This small museum is found in a prewar double-storeyed shophouse along Armenian Street in the Heritage Enclave of George Town – a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Thus this area is a heritage protected zone as gazetted by UNESCO. Some visitors can have their make-up applied as Teochew opera performers with payment of a small fee.

潮藝館(Teochew Puppet & Opera House)is a nice museum that gives you a deeper understanding of Teochew Chinese Puppet Theatre in Malaysia, in general and in Penang, in particular. This dramatic art form combines literature, music and drama with elaborate costumes and heavy make-up. It is really heartening to see this Teochew dramatic art form is being kept alive by this Goh family who is also unselfish and happy to impart their knowledge to others. A small fee of RM10.00 (Foreign Tourist) and RM5.00 (Local) is charged for entry per person.

Ms Ling Goh must be acknowledged as the innovator and prime mover of the establishment of the above Museum ~ 潮藝館 (Teochew Puppet & Opera House)

SP Lim

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