Photo: Within Yap Kongsi.

Yap Kongsi

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Conspicuously but rather incongruously side by side on the corner of Lebuh Armenian and Medan Cannon, the rather imposing pale green and white colonial-looking Yap Kongsi contrasts with the compact, yet florid neighbouring temple, Choo Chay Keong, also associated with the Yap clan.

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The prominent position near busy touristed Lebuh Armenian possibly makes diminutive Choo Chay Keong one of the most photographed temples in Penang. The Yap Kongsi is one of Penang’s five big Hokkien clans, strengthened by the amalgamation of two smaller Yap communities in the early 20th century.

Easily to find. Photo taken in or around Yap Kongsi, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Easily to find. Photo: Sally Arnold

The Kongsi was built in 1924 on land donated by Yeap Chor Ee, a prominent Yap businessman and philanthropist. A museum dedicated to him, The House of Yeap Chor Ee in Jalan Penang is worth a quick look. As well as functioning as the community hall for the Yap clan, the Kongsi houses a large ancestral altar. Here, the altar along with the red and gold embellish wooden ancestral tables are blackened with incense smoke invoking an air of antiquity missing in the somewhat modern tiled ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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