Khoo KongsiCurrently Closed
- Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +60-42614609
- 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.
Khoo Kongsi Travel Tips
- 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
- Trishaw/ taxi or on foot.
- Edelweiss Cafe
- My Own Cafe
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95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Khoo Kongsi in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
44.92% of people start their Khoo Kongsi visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Khoo Kongsi
91.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Khoo Kongsi
Khoo Kongsi Reviews & Ratings
10RM to get in. We enjoyed spending an hour or so here wandering round and learning about the history and architecture in the small museum. We also liked looking at where all the members went to university around the world and what they studied! We were pretty much the only people there so it's nice and calm, worth doing if you're strolling by.
As you approach Khoo Kongsi, you will be greeted by a breathtaking display of Chinese craftsmanship - intricate wood carvings and richly ornamented beams. Its hall is equally elaborate, beautifully decorated with lanterns and furnished with antique furniture. The grandest clan temple on the island, it was built by the forefathers of the Khoo family, who emigrated from South China. The building was so magnificent that upon its completion in 1989, the roof caught fire. Some believe it was due to its resemblance to the Emperor's palace in China. Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm Entrance fee: rm10 adult & rm1 child
Quiet and calmer attraction. Not an essential thing to see in Georgetown, but you will not regret it if you come. First walk through the info area to get an idea of what you're looking at when walking through the area and the historical significance of the complex. They've done a really good job explaining things on info signs. Learned a lot.
For me, this is one of artistic Asian building in Penang. It looks super pretty in real life. You can take lot of cool photos inside and outside the building. Quite small but 2 floors. Dont have any AC so it will little bit hot. I spent just 15-20 minutes before strolling around in George Town area. But still one of good spot!
Historical building with pictures and sculptures in the whole building. Amazing man-made building