I came across the Teochew Puppet And Opera House by accident when I was looking for the Sun Yat-Sen Museum next door.
I'm glad I found it. It's a fun little museum dedicated to the preservation and propagation of Teochew operatic arts and puppet opera, a traditional art-form that could be in danger of dying out if not for places like this.
The present director of the Teochew puppet opera troupe named Kim Giak Low Choon, Ms Ling Goh, is a retired Teochew opera actress and she is the founder of this museum. She is the fourth generation of her family in this field. Her great-grandfather Yang Bingjin brought the opera troupe from Teochew to Singapore in the late 19th century.
Puppet shows, Teochew opera and Teochew music may be staged here periodically and there are videos available if no live performance is happening.
You can try your hand at operating the puppets which are surprisingly heavy after a while.
The puppet bodies and feet are made from wood and the legs are made of steel.
Costumes, hats, props and heads are interchangeable.
Visitors are free to try on one of the Teochew opera costumes for a great photo.
Price includes opera costume try-on.
The location of Teochew Puppet and Opera House can be found on this map:
122 Armenian Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: 04-262 0377
You can find more details on their Facebook page.
The Sun Yet-Sen Museum and the Penang Islamic Museum are next door. The Asia Camera Museum, Khoo Kongsi and many other places of interest are nearby.
See my Penang Heritage Trail for details of other attractions worth seeing in historic George Town.
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