The Yap Kongsi is the clan association of Chinese in Penang with the family name Yap. The building was completed in 1924.
This astonishing building was built in 1906 on the site of an older kongsi which burnt down as soon as it was completed. It was built by the Khoo family, or clan, who emigrated from South China.
A kongsi is a building which is used both as a temple and a meeting hall for the members of the same Chinese clan.
You find a link to the map here.
Opening hours 09.00 to 17.00 everyday, entrance fee 5 RM for adults, children free.
Being founded around 1728, the Guan Yin Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Georgetown as well as on the whole of Penang Island.
The temple was originally dedicated to the goddess of seafarers, Ma Chor Po, but after a while the two goddesses become to share the temple as both were equally important to the newly arrived Chinese population.
Opening hours 9.00 to 18.00 everyday.
This was the cemetery which was used from 1789 till 1892. Captain Francis Light - the founder of the settlement which is now Georgetown - was buried here. His tomb, as well as all the others, is in a very poor condition despite a plaque inside the cemetery which claims the cemetery has been restored by the Penang Heritage Trust in 1994.
It's a magnificent mansion of the rich Baba that belonged to Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee (We studied him in the History during my school day, he belongs to the Ghee Hin Clan). This mansion become more famous due to the Singapore drama "The Little Nyonya" oh, it's very good drama, you can learned a lot of how of life of Nyonya and Babas, the culture and custom and the food (Peranakan food should considered as the best food in the world - hahaha... to my world actually) My ancestors from my father side are all Nyonya and Babas, and my great great father was a Kapitan himself in Alor Star, Kedah. I'm so much like a Nyonya myself, speaking Hokkien language with Malay and english added, not able to speak Mandarin or read any Chinese characters, it doesnt matter, real Nyonyas and Babas do not speak Mandarin anyway, hahaha..
So, this Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a place to visit in Penang. My office friends visited here while I was in Singapore in March 2012, but I will visit there on Sept 16 this coming Monday, My solo trip to Penang :-)))
Picture 2- The Long table (Theng Tok in Hokkien dialect) where all the family members are sitted and enjoyed their meal together.
Picture 3 - Cherki, it's a popular card game played by the Nyonya ladies during the olden days.
The Nyonyas would play the game plus a lot of gossip, chewing betel leaf and nuts, having tea and eating the famous Nyonya cake while playing the game. Lucky them
For more information of this mansion,please refer
The Esplanade (in malay called Padang Kota and in Chinese Hokkein called Huan Nah Kark) This promenade facing the sea is a must to visit when you are in Penang Island. There are so many places to see and visit here like the Cenotaph, Fort Cornwallis, the famous lighthouse, and many more and there a food court selling halal food.
I am here to see the sea, the wave was quite rough yesterday on 3-6-2012. And today I read in the daily newspaper Rare Strong wave hit Penang Esplanade. Please see http://putrarocker.blogspot.com/2012/06/gambar-rare-strong-waves-hit-penang.html
Wow, I wished I was there...
And the esplanade also famous for single people to look out for suitors during the pre-war era, on Chap Goh Meh day (Chinese Valentine's Day, which falls on the last day of Chinese New Year). And its now a famous tradition to throw mandarin oranges into the sea. hmmm...I never throw any oranges before, and that explained why Im still single..;-)))
Penang City Hall is a beautiful Victorian style building that situated along Jalan Padang Kota. The building was contructed in 1903 and opened in 1906. The city hall was called the Municipal Office, Penang before it was renamed as City Hall after Georgetown was granted city status in 1957.
I think its the most beautiful building in Penang..
A VT member like visiting cemeteries but to me, I am too scared to see or visit one. Malaysian cemetery are all very scary, as we've been brainwashed with so many ghost and haunting stories.
Anyway, yesterday I visited again this Christian Cemetery where Captain Sir Francis Light was buried here in 1794 and some earlier governers of colonial Penang and many more who have died peacefully or being murdered brutally by Chinese robbers.
Here two tombstone I have read.. May you all rest in peace..Amin.
Picture 4 : In loving memory of Alfred E Quadling (Late of Sum Tra) who died on 28th June 1890.
Picture 2 : Christopher Henry Lloyd, Superintendent of Panchor and was murdered at Panchore by a gang of Chinese Robbers on the night of 25th October 1878.
Please read more of famous people buried there: http://teochiewkia.blogspot.com/2009/05/protestant-cemetery.html
The Indian community makes up a sizeable number of Georgetown residents. Walk around the area known as Little India and enter another country. Walk past Bollywood shops, smell authentic food and listen to the music blare from speakers.
Angsana trees is also called Yellow Flame, scientific name Pterocarpus Indicus. Its a very big and large tree with flowers that are so small and yellow in colour. The many Angsana Trees you can find, along Jalan Utama, Macalister Road, Kelawai Road and Northam Road. There are thousand of Angsana trees planted by the British during their colonial time in Penang, but now there are only about 500 trees around Penang.
The Angsana tree will flower during March to April, and when the petal of the flowers fall off like rain, yellow rain...;-)) and coloured the whole road yellow.. Its so beautiful. I wish I could lay down under the tree and let the yellow flowers covered me.. No..no..I afraid there are many ulat bulu (hairy caterpillar) fall down too.. :-)))
HONOURING FALLEN HEROES
Buglers played the "Last Post" during the Remembrance Day, wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph at the Esplanade to honour those who lost their lives during the wars after year 1914.
Our Glorious Dead
World War I : 1914- 1918
World War II : 1939 - 1945
Siam-Burma Death Railway : 1942-1945
Malaysian Emergency : 1948-1960
Indonesian Confrontation : 1963-1966
Re-Insurgency Period : 1968-1990
St. George's Church in Lebuh Farquhar, Penang, is the oldest Anglican church in South-east Asia and one of the earliest Church in Penang. It was built in 1816-1818 (Dont know which year, must recheck again) with the inspiration of Reverend R. Hutchings and the help of the East India Company and convicts.
The entrance to this stately church, named after the patron saint of England features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Sir Francis Light.
Chew Jetty is one of the six clan jetties that form parts of Penang Heritage Trail. It got the longest walkway and the most number of houses built on stilts in the water. There is a old lady sitting on front of her house, greeting everyone who passes, she speaks in Hokkien, very friendly and talkatives, she seems to be alone at home. Must visit her again one day..
Masjid Kapitan Keling is the name of this famous mosque in Penang. This mosque was built in 1801 by Cauder Mydin Merican, who was the headman or a Kapitan of the Indian Muslim community in Penang.
The Kapitan Keling Mosque is used by Muslims five times a day, seven days a week. It is always full for Fridays prayers and during the the Muslim celebrations like Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.
This temple Kuan Yin Teng is popular with all Chinese and they come here to offer prayers to Kuan Yin Ma (Goddess of Mercy) for good luck, good health and many more wishes you have in heart, and she is known as Goddess of love and compassion.
I was here on 28 April for Chinese All Souls Day, visiting Chinese cemateries earlier in the Penang and I didn't enter the temple for prayers, so I take pictures of pegeons and photographers..