Khoo Kongsi, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Hidden in a maze of alleys and pre-war houses is the breathtakingly beautiful Khoo Kongsi – clan house built by the early Khoo clanmen more than 100 years ago. The Khoo clan constructed what is considered to be the most magnificent clan house in all of Penang. It is regarded as being one of the most distinctive and influential Hokkien clans in Malaysia, the Khoo clan can trace their lineage back at least 650 years.
The Khoo Kongsi compound was completely self-contained. A massive meeting hall, opera stage, shops, educational facilities, temple, and self-run government ensured that the clan family remained safe and had everything that they needed during Penang's turbulent past.
Khoo Kongsi is open every day, including public holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasionally the compound closes for weddings, VIP visits, or other events. The public is welcomed inside to take photographs and enjoy the intricate murals, engravings, and other artwork.
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