Sun Yat Sen Museum

Sounds like a novel. But this small house in this tiny island was the hub to topple the emperor of China.

a small garden in the sun yat sen museum penang

Yes, hard to believe, but it is true.

This house was the place where Sun Yat Sen and his followers gathered and conspired to topple the Qing Dynasty.

Regarded as the Father of Modern China, Sun Yat Sen lived in exile for years. He left China and hid in Japan, Europe and America after his attempt at toppling the empire failed.

When he learnt that there’s a strong Chinese support in Malaya, he landed in Penang in 1910. From here, he made his new base and used it as a hub to get the support of Chinese living outside of the empire.

To conceal his agenda, he started a book club in this house. The group carved their propaganda, raised funds and plotted ways to destroy the monarch and create Asia’s first republic.

Did he managed to topple the empire? Yes he did, but he didn’t live long to see the fruits of his work as he died from cancer at age 58.

Artifacts in The Museum

You’ll get to see his letters, memoirs, copy of speeches and all sorts of things he used while living here.

That’s not all. As a bonus, you’ll get to see the architecture of the Straits Chinese — from the hall and kitchen right to the small garden in the 40 meter long house.

sun yat sen museum penang living area

Important Visitors

Apart from the Chinese President and Tun Mahathir (Malaysia’s ex PM), it has also been visited by many popular figures. Some of them include internationally acclaimed novelist, Peter Carey and Singapore’s famous actor, Gurmit Singh.

Ticket Price / Entrance Fee

Adult : RM 5 (~$1.18)

Opening Hours

Daily : 9.30am – 5.30pm