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The Khoo Kongsi is the jewel in the crown of Penang’s clan houses, if you see no other, join the throngs here.

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Penang’s early Chinese immigrants found strength by forming clan associations with members of extended family sharing a common surname. “Kongsi” or clan houses were established as a place to honour ancestral spirits, provided welfare and education for members as well as promoting and strengthening business interests. Certain Kongsi welded considerable influence in Penang’s early history, often controlling somewhat shady businesses, essentially the Triads ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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