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Exploring the streets of George Town

Cheah Kongsi

Like the Khoo Kongsi and the Acheen St Mosque, the Cheah Kongsi is located in a large compound accessible only through a narrow entrance. Coming through the gateway, you will find a little surprise - a splendid double-storey Chinese temple with an open balcony and sweeping roof , decorated with British lionheads, standing on the edge of a small but well-kept lawn.

Straight ahead is the association's office building, with a charming heritage interior. You can ask for permission to enter the office building and the temple during office hours.
 

Next steps
Emerging from the Cheah Kongsi, you have several options. You can head back to Fort Cornwallis, catch a bus from the Lebuh Victoria bus station or you can proceed to the clan jetties of Gat Lebuh Armenian.

Penang
Heritage Trail

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FORT CORNWALLIS

CITY HALL

TOWN HALL

COURT BUILDINGS

STATE MUSEUM

YAP KONGSI

DR. SUN YAT SEN'S
PENANG BASE

SYED ALATAS MANSION

ACHEEN ST. MOSQUE

KHOO KONGSI

CHEAH KONGSI

Option 1.
To head back , you can turn left onto Lebuh Armenian and then left again onto Lebuh Pantai. If you continue north to the end of Lebuh Pantai, you will see Fort Cornwallis.

Option 2.
To get to the bus station, you can turn left onto Lebuh Armenian, turn left onto Lebuh Pantai, turn right onto Lebuh Chulia and then turn left onto Lebuh Victoria until you come to the bus station. On the way you will pass the Beach Street Fire Station and the Yeoh Kongsi, another Straits Chinese clan association, at the junction of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Victoria.

This trail is sponsored by American Express Company
For more information please contact:

American Express (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Bangunan MAS,
Tingkat 2
Jalan Sultan Ismail
P.O. Box 12269
50772 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Option 3.
To make a detour to the clan jetties, just continue east along Lebuh Armenian and Gat Lebuh Armenian until you reach Weld Quay along the waterfront. The cross the road and you will come to the Chew Jetty.

This is a clan jetty, that, a village built on stilts over the sea and populated by members of the same clan. Altogether there are six clan jetties along Weld Quay. Of these, the Chew Jetty is the most attractive, with a large commnity of children, old women, petty traders, fishermen and stevedores. Their homes are the attap-roofed timber houses on stilts over the water, their streets are the wooden plank walkways and jetties.

Penang Heritage Trust
Tel: 604 - 2813187

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