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The Yap Kongsi is the clan association of Hokkien Chinese in Penang of the Yap surname. The Yap clan traces its origin to 439 BC, when warrior Shen Zhu Liang defeated the troops of the Qin Dynasty, and helped place the Chu Dynasty back into power. In return, Shen was awarded a title, the hand of a princess to marry, and given a piece of land which was called the Yap district. Shen took on the Yap surname, and from there, the Yap clan was born.
In Penang, there were originally two Yap clan associations. The Tong Eng Siah Kongsi was founded in the late 19th century while the Hooi Teik Choon Ong Yap Kongsi was founded in the early 1910's. These two associations merged to form the Lum Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi, which moved its premises here to Armenian Street when the clan association building, built in the Straits Eclectic style, was completed in 1924. The 10,056 sq ft piece of land on which Yap Kongsi stands was donated by local tycoon Yeap Chor Ee, who was also a Yan clansman.
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The Yap clan originated from Fujian province of China. Built in 1920s, the temple houses the Yap clan's ancestral tablets. Next to the temple is the Tua Pek Kong Temple, dedicated to the Chinese God of Prosperity, was formerly the base of the Straits Chinese secret society called the Tua Pek Kong Society.
The architecture of Yap Kongsi is very impressive. It is mostly concrete from outside with gorgeous design and it is all wooden from inside. Temple is very remarkable from inside.
There are two Yap temples in Penang; both are connected with each other. The Yap clan originated from Fujian province in China. The clan’s patron deities are placed in the corner temple building.
Going to Lebuh Armenian and junction to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling is the Yap Kongsi....kongsi word refers to clan house. Here is a house to hold the ancestral tablets of the Yap clan's ancestors.
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