Chew Jetty

Chew Jetty, George Town: Hours, Address, Chew Jetty Reviews: 3.5/5

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youwahlai@SEU338E
Kluang, Malaysia87 contributions
Jul 2020
A nice place to spend a little time looking around. The wooden houses are unique as they are built above the water. Along the walk, many souvenir shops and also food stalls are available there.
Written 16 June 2021
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akwaaba1970
Johannesburg, South Africa176 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Lovely to wander along such a historic and eclectic place. Strange to think people have lived there for generations and still call it home today. A great way to get a feel for the coast and feels far from bustling Georgetown.
Written 28 October 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland21,151 contributions
Nov 2019
To get a full picture of old George Town one should not miss a visit to the clan jetties off Weld Quay (named after a British governor). Actually there are 7 jetties left (Ong, Lim, Chew, Tan, Lee, Yeoh and New Jetty), after the two southernmost (Peng Aun and Koay) were demolished in 2006 to make place for a new housing development. Only 2 years later this wouldn't have been possible anymore, when the jetties like the rest of old George Town were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Of all the jetties the by far most visited is Chew Jetty, which has become quite a touristy place with all its stalls for souvenirs and snacks, also 10 minutes boat rides are offered. Visiting hours are between 9am and 9pm. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Since there are still people living on the jetty, a respectful behaviour is required.

Originally just meant to moor sampans and to load and unload wares, the jetties started to develop into water villages by the end of the 19th century with always a clan occupying one of them. Here it was the Chew, originally from the village Xinglinshe in Fujian province, whose main job was to offer shuttle and cargo service for big ships anchored out at sea. Originally the people here had to fetch water from the Quay. Running water and electricity was provided as of 1957.

There are several temples on the jetty, also a multi-purpose community hall. Well known is the painting on a house wall of a man in a hammock with kids, fish and a cat around him. My main activity at Chew Jetty had been to buy and eat a Durian Puff, which I quite enjoyed: durian cream in the middle of a choux bun.
Written 12 October 2020
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Big Asian Choice
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia230 contributions
Oct 2020
Of the clan jetties in the area, Chew Jetty was the most tourist friendly. Many stalls along the wooden plank walkway opened their doors to business during my visit and I managed to shop for some local specialties and food. Chew jetty is the longest among all the clan jetties and overlook the Penang Strait. It wasn't crowded and I had a great time taking in the view and cool myself by the sea breeze.
Written 11 October 2020
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shireen_murphy1103
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9 contributions
Sep 2020
Iconic place for photos and to see how they live. Wooden houses on stilts and long bridges of different clans. Very nostalgic yet humbling place.
Written 26 September 2020
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Meershanthini
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Could have been cleaner and tourist friendly. Most shops were closed. Nothing much to see. Skip this place.
Written 7 September 2020
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BenYorkie
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,373 contributions
Aug 2020
Along with the other clan jetties in Georgetown, the Chew jetty offers an interesting insight into the history of Chinese immigrants in Penang. Originally it would have been both a business location for the Chew fisherman and equally provide housing for all their wives and families.
Today there is much reduced residential use and more commercial with shops selling souvenirs, tourist paraphenalia and snacks. Worth seeing - very much a part of Georgetown's heritage.
Written 2 September 2020
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Nigel Graver
George Town, Malaysia38 contributions
Aug 2020
Great food court for a selection of food vendors and cheap beer that is always on offer at great prices.
Written 16 August 2020
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,039 contributions
Aug 2020
It didn't really do anything for me... didn't click with anything about it... but had to go and see to find out...
Written 15 August 2020
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Sailormoon12
Seremban, Malaysia114 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
You can just chill beside the jetty and wait for the beautiful sunset. Lovely place to be with. It is quite commercial nowadays.
Written 4 August 2020
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