Khoo Kongsi, Penang Hill
About Khoo Kongsi, Penang Hill
Khoo Kongsi, Penang Hill - Address, Phone Number
Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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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.
Khoo Kongsi Information
- The peace of the religious place should be maintained at all times.
- Modest dressing is recommended.
- Photography without permission is prohibited.
How To reach Khoo Kongsi by Public Transport
- Trishaw/ taxi or on foot.
Restaurants Near Khoo Kongsi
- Edelweiss Cafe
- My Own Cafe
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Came from KL to Penang and wanted to see what the city had to offer. The Khoo Kongsi is full of history that brings light to the understanding of the cultural melting pot that is Malaysia. The lovely owners of the shop enlightened us to the free puppet show that was happening the next evening. We came back to the awe inducing spectacle of lights that brilliantly displays the intricate architecture. Its quite the sight. The puppet show was both emotional and inspiring, and free for crying out loud. A true treasure.
It's been many years since my last visit and I must say the upkeep has made the architecture so beautiful. There's a museum on the Khoo clan history. The museum was interesting however it would have been better if air-conditioning was installed instead of fans only. An entry fee of RM10 for adult charged to enter this site.
You really need to pay additional attention to the gallery downstairs where details of the building are describe in detail. Also speak to the operator of the gift shop in the kongsi to get insights. Should spend lots of time if you are from the Khoo clan. But even if you are not from the Khoo clan, you can appreciate how the architecture design that Incorporated safety and functional in one. There's no other architecture design in Penang that beats it. Must visit. If you are a Khoo clan, you and your family can go in for free. Else it is RM 10 per head, RM 1 for the kids.
A good place with rich history of its own.. A well maintained place with a mini interactive museum. Entrance fee for just RM10 and RM1 (For students) which is a great saving for all
Good condition Kongsi, reinnovated in some area but really beautifu. Clean and we can imagine the past. Value to visit.
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