When I was younger, I was not into teddy bears much. I was a Barbie kinda girl. Nonetheless, on my recent trip to Penang, I found myself a curious visitor at TeddyVille.
TeddyVille is located in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel by Batu Ferringhi. If you staying in this part of Penang, which is where the beaches are, it is worth a quick visit. Pop-in between swims, or if you need an excuse to escape the sun and find some air-conditioning. But, don’t go out of your way to come here.
The beginning of this teddy bear museum is dedicated to old bears from around the world, mostly vintage English and American scruffies. Particularly sweet was the little white scragamuffin with a Vogue sewing kit and red pyjamas.
Venture further in, and that is where things get interesting. The museum reenacts Penang’s history and culture using teddies! How informatively cute. Firstly, there is the scene of Englishman Sir James Lancaster and his ship, the Edward Bonadventure, arriving on the shores of Batu Ferringhi in 1592.
Next, there is a Chinese temple with three teddies dressed in traditional oriental garb. There is actually a lion dancer in full costume by the temple, although I did not manage to capture it on the below photo.
Keep going and you will also delight in the furry reenactment of the famous annual dragon boat race of Penang!
Penang is notable for its rich Peranakan heritage, which is the fusion of Chinese and Malay culture through intermarriage. There were plenty of Peranakan teddies on display, showcasing the delicious foods and beautiful clothing of the Baba Nonya people.
Penang is also famous for being culturally diverse. TeddyVille did not forget to feature a pretty Muslim bear in her intricate headscarf.
When all is said and done, for a beary nice day in Penang you must feature some beaches. Penang is an island after all! TeddyVille did not disappoint with its quaint scene of BoraBora beach.
Like I said if you are in the area and have nothing else better to do, check-out TeddyVille. It is interesting to discover more about Penang through the paws of these cute and furries. It takes about fifteen minutes to browse the museum and you can grab a coffee at the Hilton Hotel afterwards.
For more ideas on what to do and eat in Penang, just out my post about the George Town Literary Festival, which happens every November.
Ground Floor, DoubleTree Resort
Hilton Penang 56, Jalan Low Yat
11100 Batu Ferringhi