The Wawasan Open University in Penang is located along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah and has its main campus housed in the grounds of a beautiful mansion, which was once known as the Homestead. The Homestead is the residence of Yeap Chor Ee (a wealthy businessman and the founder of Ban Hin Lee Bank), which was later donated to the university by the grandson.
Suffolk House refers to two early residences built on the same site located some four miles west of George Town, Penang, on the banks of the Air Itam River (Black Water River). The earliest of the two buildings is notable for serving as the residence of Francis Light, the founder of the British settlement on the Prince of Wales Island, commonly known as Penang Island. Following Light’s death in 1794, and with Penang becoming the fourth presidency of India in 1805, a newer Suffolk House replaced the original house, assuming multiple roles and was later neglected before its current restoration.
The mansion and the estate it was built on, the Suffolk Estate, is presumably named after Suffolk county in England. Light was born in Dallinghoo, Suffolk in East Anglia.