Khoo Kongsi

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +60-42614609
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids

Hidden in a maze of alleys and pre-war houses is the breathtakingly beautiful Khoo Kongsi – clanhouse built by the early Khoo clanmen more than 100 years ago. Three tucked away entrances at Cannon Street, Beach Street and Armenian Street will lead you the magnificent structure built on a beautiful courtyard.

The Khoo Kongsi Leong San Tong (which means ‘Dragon Mountain Hall’) clan house stands proud as a symbol of tradition, culture and values.

In 1901, the Leong San Tong was almost burned to the ground on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Five years later, a new Indo-Malay bungalow with Fujian temple and prayer pavilion stood in its place, signaling the re-birth of one of the most majestic clan houses in South East Asia.

Inside the clanhouse, elaborate murals and carvings tell of a rich history. Gold name plaques hang on the walls honouring those who have done the clan proud.

Founded by Hokkien immigrant workers who came to Penang to seek greater fortune, the clanhouse was set up promote clan solidarity and to foster Confucian core values such as filial piety and respect for the elders.

  • The peace of the religious place should be maintained at all times.
  • Modest dressing is recommended.
  • Photography without permission is prohibited.

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  • Khoo Kongsi Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
  • Khoo Kongsi Contact Number: +60-42614609
  • Khoo Kongsi Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Khoo Kongsi Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Khoo Kongsi(preferred time): 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Khoo Kongsi: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Khoo Kongsi in their plan

  • 44.92% of people start their Khoo Kongsi visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Khoo Kongsi

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

91.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Khoo Kongsi

People normally club together Wat Chayamangkalaram and Fort Cornwallis while planning their visit to Khoo Kongsi.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Simply stunning, historical... & memorable!! Chinese "clan houses/temples" have been an essential part of Chinese communities. This clan house "complex" features highly ornamented architecture, has "16 elements"-- and is a very highly rated attraction [by travellers]. This Clan house complex is the most outstanding example in Malaysia! The details and veracity are outstanding--- and, its location just adds to one's memories of this essential feature of Penang... and its UNESCO "World Heritage Status". I hope that this Review has been helpful.

  • Grand Temple is owned by the richest Chinese Clan in Malaysia. This Temple named LEONG SAN TONG which means DRAGON MOUNTAIN HALL, is in World Heritage area of ​​UNESCO in George Town. Amazed to see the architecture and ornament of this temple is a lot of detail and red color. Khoo Kongsi is one of the union of Chinese descendants of the *HOKKIAN* tribe that triumphed on the peninsula of Malaysia. The history of their existence can be traced back to 650 years

  • We visited quite a few temples around George Town during our last holiday there and found Khoo Kongsi to be our favourite. This is a highly decorative temple well worth the entrance fee. It is located just off Lebuh Cannon and is open from 9am-5pm daily. The Khoo Kongsi temple was originally established in 1835 by the Khoo Clan. However, the elaborate temple that you see today was built in 1906 and restored as late as 2001. The exterior of Khoo Kongsi is perhaps the most attractive of all of the temples in George Town, an elaborate representation of Chinese architecture and design. The porch in particular is beautiful with stone carved pillars and facade, decorative gilded wooden pillars, nicely painted planks, murals and traditional Chinese lanterns. It makes up a most lovely scene, worth a few minutes to explore and photograph. The roof is eccentric and worth spending a few minutes to look over as well. The interior of Khoo Kongsi is equally attractive. The main hall features an expected altar with shrines. Make sure to look over the carved wood pillars and planks. They are quite detailed. There are attractive wall murals on both sides of the hall as well as the small hallway behind the altar. In the end, we very much enjoyed visiting Khoo Kongsi during our time in George Town. There are quite a few examples of fine craftsmanship here and plenty of nice photography opportunities. We felt this temple was well worth the entry fee and we would happily revisit next time we are in Penang.

  • It's the Khoo clanhouse that worships the guardians of the Khoo clan The temple is well decorated with attention to fine details. The basement is like a museum, where we can learn about the history of the Khoo clan.

  • The place is beauitful and well preserved. There is also extensive explanation on the Khoo family's history and contributions to Penang. I wouldn't call it a must visit though. I thought the ticket place is expensive for what you get to see. The centre piece is being blocked with a huge white wall so you will have to pay to see it.

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