Category: Chinese Influenced Buildings

Penang Perspective: The Jade Emperor Temple


The Jade Emperor Temple at Ayer Itam.

Today marks the 9th day of Chinese lunar new year, which is also a Chinese Hokkien celebration for giving thanks and gratitude to the Jade Emperor.
Legend has it that once upon a time, the Chinese Hokkien people from the Fujian province in China managed to hide (with the blessing from the Jade Emperor) from their enemies in a sugarcane farm on Chinese New Year Day for nine consecutive days. Henceforth, on every 9th day of the Chinese lunar new year, the Hokkiens marked the occasion by having a big celebration.

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Penang Perspective: Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si temple lighted up at night during the Chinese New Year festive period.

Bukit Tambun Fishing and Riverside Village


Bukit Tambun village seen during Chinese Hew Year.

Bukit Tambun is a small fishing village located at Simpang Ampat in Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang. The village was built along the riverbank of Sungai Jawi (Jawi River) and consistently mostly of Chinese community. The village is also popular for its several local seafood restaurants.

George Town Street View: Hostel 100 Cintra Street

100 Cintra Street Mansion

Hostel 100 Cintra Street is an old 19th century pre-war mansion that used to have served as an inn in the old days and has since hosted various functions, including a departmental store, a museum and now a hostel. The blue-painted heritage building can be found at Cintra Street, George Town.

George Town Perspective: Tan Kongsi

The Tan Kongsi (or also known as Eng Chuan Tong) is the clan temple of the local Chinese people with the surname Tan in Penang.

Noordin Street Ghaut: Heng Len Tuah Temple

A Chinese temple lighted up at night, which can be seen at the Noordin Street Ghaut area in George Town.

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