|Penang Heritage | Yap Clan House (Kongsi) - Choo Chay Keong Temple|
One of the most famous Yap clansman in Penang is Yeap (Yap) Chor Ee. He arrived in Penang in late 1800s and started as a barber. Then, he ventured into trading the local products like sugar, rubber, tapioca and all kinds of farm production. Eventually, he diversified into banking and built Ban Hin Lee Empire. A man of kind heart, he had made enormous contribution in education and charitable works. One of recent instances was a huge land donated to build Wawasan Open University (WOU) in Penang.
The piece land where Yap Kongsi or Yap Clan house stands today at the intersection of Cannon Street and Armenian Street in the heart of George Town was also donated by this well-known philanthropist - Yeap Chor Ee. Sitting in the core zone that is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site, the clan house was built in 1924 on a land size of 10,000 square feet.
The association building is called Lum Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi comprises Choo Chay Keong Temple and Yap Temple. Choo Chay Keong that houses Yap clansman deities is located right at the corner of the cross road. While the taller white building of Straits architecture adjacent to it is Yap Temple. It houses Yap families ancestral tablets.
From afar, Choo Chay Keong Temple is easily recognized by an extensive and colorful ornament of dragons and pearl on its green roof. The fine and intricate stone craving are demonstrated on its wall and pillars as well. This temple was restored in 1998 and renovation cost almost RM300K.
Visiting hours: Open daily
Entrance fee: Free
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