I am from this clan called Lim Kongsi, is a Hokkien Association located at Ah Quee Street, George Town. Its full name is Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi. which means Hall of Nine Dragons, The name Kew Leong Tong is to commemorate the nine sons of a particular Lim clan in China who were elevated to the status of chief magistrates during the Tang Dynasty.
The Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi was founded by people of the Lim surname who came from the village of Koe Guan in the sub district of Sam Tor, Zhangzhou, in Hokkien (Fujian) Province, China. Nevertheless, the association is open to anybody surnamed Lim, regardless their origin and dialect.
The three Lim clan associations in Penang were established in 1863, in the 2nd year of the reign of Emperor Tong Ti. In addition to Kew Leong Tong, the other associations are Toon Pun Tong and Bian Soot Tong. The Bian Soot Tong Lim Kongsi was confined to the descendents of two sub-groups of Koe Guan, namely the Keong Cheng and Eh Ho, whereas the Toon Pun Tong Lim Kongsi was open to all the families from Koe Guan. As for Kew Leong Tong, it is open to all Lims.
Lim Cheng Kah was the president of all the 3 Lim Kongsis, and the association was run from an office at Messrs Chop Heng Moh at 164 Beach Street. When the Lim Ancestral Temple building was completed in 1866, the Kew Leong Tong moved its office there. The address was 234 Beach Street. Later, Ah Quee Street was demolished when the Kapitan China Chung Keng Kwee alias Ah Quee donated his Beach Street shophouse to be demolished to create the street that bears his name. Ah Quee Street which also happens to be the longest shophouse in Penang.
As one enters the Kew Leong Tong, one finds a well, and the shrine to Mar Chor Poh, the patron saint of seafarers, whose surname happens to also be Lim. The Lim Kongsi is the only local clan association whose patron deity is a female. and still supports children of Kongsi members who need scholarship and school supplies assistance.
If you wish to visit Lim Kongsi, be aware that at most times, Lim Kongsi is kept behind lock and key except during the Chinese New Year Open House. But you can enter by calling the keeper at the small door beside the main entrance.*fh
Made In Penang Interactive Museum,an art Museum in Penang Island.This museum will gave you a-lot fun,you have to prepare many pose to make sure you picture looking good.
3D art inside this museum it's want to make Penang Change to new life,said by the director.
This is the Most popular Thai Temple for the locals. The amazing things that happen in this Temple is the lifting of the Buddha. During the Songkran Festival this temple organized a very large scale ceremony and celebration.
Many foreigners know little about this thorny fruit called Durian, it has a very odd smell, which is why it is not popular with foreigners. Even hotels and many public places put a ban on their premises for the Durian. But the best part is, when you tasted it and like it, you will never forget it. In Asia there are many varieties, but Penang "Balik Pulau" Durian is the most sought after, and many people are willing to pay a high price for its varieties. The best variety can fetch up to RM100.00 per Durian and about 11/2 Kg. The best fruit must taste bitter, sticky, fragrance and smooth texture. Most of the Durian you found in the Supermarket are from Thailand which is rough in texture and sweet.
Ayer Itam dam is an untapped attractive place in Penang. When one visit Kek Lok Si Temple go further up the hill you will come to the dam it was opened in 1962. For most people visit the dam is for morning exercise with a track of 2.8 KM rather than scenic view. There are few trails after the dam, and it can take you to Balik Pulau or even Sungai Dua in North-West of Penang. The beauty of Penang is that we have Sea, Hills, Histories, Cultures, Foods of different cultures, and friendly people. For the hospitality we adopted from the British because we are a colonized country. In the olden we used to work under the British and they have taught us many useful manners, education, systems and humbleness.
Penang has become more popular each day. After been gazette as the world's heritage city many has chose Penang for their holiday. For those who are interested in Historical Travel here are a few information that might be handy.
PENANG was ranked :-
* 2nd in the New York Time's "The 44 Places To Go.
* 8th in ECA International's Most Livable & Workable City In Asia.
* Yahoo Travel's Top 10 Island To Explore Before You Die.
* UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site in July 2008.
* CNNGo's Asia 10 Greatest Street Food Cities.
* 12th in the New York Times' Frugal & Food Category.
* Penang's Asam Laksa Ranked 7th in CNN's World's 50 Most Delicious Foods.
* Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Ranked 2nd in the Lonely Planet's Greatest Mansion & Grand
With all the above, it proved that this small city is worth to visit.
Wherever we go Hubby and I love to meet the locals. And what better way than to arrange a vt meet.
We were very lucky in Penang because not only did we meet a couple of locals but we were taken around to see the sights and were also invited to a vt'ers wedding! :o)
Please read my travelogues for the full story. In the meantime check out my pix here for a taste of the fun that we had! :o) A big thank you to Swee Long and your lovely wife Kak Wan and also to Winnie and new husband John. Thank you, thank you!! I love you guys!! :o) xx
After a big day sightseeing, there's nothing better than to arrive back in the hotel and hit the bar for happy hour. So make sure you check out the times as most hotels have happy hour.
I tried a different cocktail each day and then best thing is that you get 2 for the price of one.
Howie and I also used that time to have a chat to the bar staff. We got to know them and they looked after us. I gave their names to the manager at the end of our stay and recommended them for the recognition that they deserved. So a big thank you again to Zam, Zaid, Ruslezan and Salina. You guys were fantastic!
Whilst on the food topic, Penang has the best fresh fruit!
During our day trip with Swee Long and Kak Wan, they took us to the local markets and there I saw my favourite bananas (sweet little lady fingers). I grew up with these in Queensland and won't eat the big bananas that we get in Perth because they are not sweet and frankly tasteless. So when I saw my favourite bananas I was definately in heaven!! :o)
Kak Wan bought me a bunch and also a few Dokong (which is like lychees) pictured in No. 3 pic.
So when in Penang, don't forget to buy some of these bananas. You can get them just about anywhere.
Please check out my foodie photos here. OMG!! Penang is foodie heaven!! :o)
We had heard about it ..... and now we can vouch for it!
We had only just arrived in Penang and dear Swee Long and his wife took us on a day trip. During the trip we were to discover some different tastes to wet our culinary appetite. Thanks guys!! :o)
As you can see from the pic, our plates are clean :o) I was itching to taste the real Mee Goreng noodles so I ordered them for lunch and the dish was totally awesome! (Pic 2).
Even our bar snacks at the Parkroyal were juicy! (Check out Pic 3).
At the Magic 1 Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi, hubby ordered a Lobster and WoW!, it was awesome! The seafood in Penang was fresh and yummy. (See Pic 4). In fact the Magic 1 was our favourite restaurant in Batu Ferringhi. The Lamb Shank is the best I have ever had!.... check that out on my restaurant tip.
And this is my absolute favourite ( Pic 5). The sweet Nyonya dessert made out of sago in thick sweetened coconut milk with sweet potato and yam...... Haw!!!.... yummy, yummy!!.
In short, Penang is definately a foodie heaven and hubby and I certainly made the most of that :o) Now, we are on a strict diet to loose all those extra kilos lol.
The best way to see Penang is to hire a car. We booked it through our hotel.
We managed to see most of the island and as usual hubby drove and I directed. Our favourite spot was a lookout on top of the hill on the southern side of the island. To get there you drive past the Spice Garden, Butterfly Park and up the hill past the dam and the Tropical Fruit place.
At the lookout there is a shop where we enjoyed a chat with the owner and a chilled Tiger Beer.
Hubby and I really enjoyed the Spice Gardens as it was a lush rainforest with beautiful tropical plants and flowers, a nice little water garden and a tea house amongst the rainforest.
There are a maze of walking trails and around 500 different plant species.
Next to the tea house there is a spice shop which is interesting to wander around in.
We then sat down at the tea house for a nice cuppa. I ordered a coffee with spices in and enjoyed sitting in our cabana and looking out at the view and chatting with the monkeys. (See Pic 5).
I recommend a visit here. We had hired a car but you can take a bus from Batu Ferringhi or a taxi.
Penang was found in the 1786s by the British and they have left behind many memories. All the buildings in the pictures shown here are built by the British during their colonial days and still exist today and was gazetted under the UNESCO World Heritage.
Cultural Heritage Buildings is a proof of our diversity and rich culture in Penang, which dated back two centuries. Penang not only offers Heritage Buildings but also the recipient of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards in 2006 with the Penang Teochew Association Ancestral Home in Chulia Street. Beside the Heritage buildings Penang also offer abundance of street foods from different Race (Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nonya, etc...etc...) . With an area of 109 hectares heritage trails you can find all the rich history, culture and all the local foods easily within walking distance.
Within 109 hectares, Penang offers you a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site consists of Indo-Malay Palladian Style, Anglo-Indian, Sino-Anglo, Neo-Classical, Early Modern houses, shops and bungalows. Numerous multiculturalism, religious buildings such as Mosques, Churches, Chinese and Indian Temples dated as far back as more than 200 years old. Besides these, Penang offers you the unique Chinese Clan Jetties along Weld Quay. The Clan Jetties are very laid back compared to the city.
we were overall very pleased with the hotel especially considering we found a package meaning rooms...more
How can you begin to describe this hotel?? If you are going to indulge yourself once in your...more
A fantastic 3 night stay in this old charming hotel. Don't let the 'old' put you off! Its interior...more