Although this street is named for Penang's Armenian population (such as the famous Sarkies who established the Eastern & Oriental...
Tua Pek Kong
The name is ostensibly Tua Pek Kong , but this recently renovated structure, resplendent in red and gold and with polished black...
This is a small 1924 Hokkien clan house with its outer altar decorated in symbols from the Tao Teh Ching . Visitors are welcome inside...
18 Cannon Sq · interesting places nearby
Khoo Kongsi information
The kongsi, or clanhouse, is a major node of overseas Chinese communities, and the Khoo Kongsi is the most impressive one in Penang.
The Khoo, who trace their lineage back 25 generations, are a successful clan, and they’re letting the world know. Stone carvings dance across the entrance hall and pavilions, many of which symbolise or are meant to attract good luck and wealth. Note the Sikh guardian watchman at the entrance. The interior is dominated by incredible murals depicting birthdays, weddings and, most impressively, the 36 celestial guardians (divided into two panels of 18 guardians each). The fiery overhead lighting comes courtesy of enormous paper lamps. Gorgeous ceramic sculptures of immortals, carp, dragons, and carp becoming dragons (a traditional Chinese motif symbolising success) dance across the roof ridges. As impressive as all of this is, Khoo Kongsi was once more ostentatious; the structure caught fire on the night it was completed in 1901, an event put down to divine jealousy. The present kongsi dates from 1906. At research time, a hotel was being built on the premises.