Cheah Kongsi
Cheah Kongsi
4.5
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Roadtrippers.asia
Penang, Malaysia4,304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
The Cheah Clan Ancestral House is one of the nicest clan house in Georgetown and restored very beautifully. It is also the oldest of the five major Hokkien clan house in Penang.

It cost RM10 to enter this beautiful mansion and I would say is very much worth it.

The best view of the mansion is of course from Beach Street entrance with its nicely manicured lawn.
Written 16 November 2019
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yippopotamus
Wellington, New Zealand278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We stumbled upon this restored clan house while we were strolling along Armenian St. At $10MYR, this is not an expensive entry fee for us, so we decided to have a look.

It was interesting to see inside a clan house, and imagine the extended family living on these premises. The architectural details, building layout, old furniture and the information boards were enough to hold our interest and make it worth the modest entry fee.

There was not only information about the clan, but also a lot about the history of Penang.

And they have clean toilets!

While the work does seem somewhat incomplete, it was still a very interesting place to have a look around. Buildings like these are disappearing from our landscape, and there is a risk that we'll only have pictures of them, so I'm very happy to have a look in these old buildings.

What could be improved is for them to include more information boards, or have people around whom you can ask questions. I feel that there is a whole lot more interesting information to be shared. And if they provided toilet paper in their loos.
Written 26 August 2018
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AnnArmstrogn
Kuching, Malaysia75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
On a recent visit to Penang, as I was strolling along Beach Street, I stopped in awe at an open archway - the Seh Teck Tong Cheah Kongsi. The Kongsi, a Chinese clan house, looked to have been just built. It was actually built in 1810, but the 2015 renovation remained true to the original.

It is an amazing example, as stated in tourist brochures, of fusion between traditional Hokkien (Chinese language group), Malay and English architecture. The spotless interior gave glimpses of what a kongsi building and life would have been like. The kitchen, for example, had a full range of cooking implements that would have been used for creating the traditional delicacies of then (and now), but there was little explantation.

This was common feature of all the exhibits. They were exquisite, stunningly beautiful, historically important, but visitors who have little knowledge of the culture and traditions would not extend their understanding. However, what I did come away with was a sense awe and a wish that there had been more information.
Written 28 December 2019
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Albert S
Sydney, Australia463 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
It is a pity there wasn’t a guided tour of this Kongsi. There would have been quite amazing stories of great human endeavours, many rags to riches stories of the early arrivals from China seeking a better life. This is the first of the many Kongsi’s established in Penang. Worth a visit if you are in the Armenian Street area.
Written 5 July 2019
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Missy TangTang
150 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Paid RM10 to visit the temple but it’s really small and nothing much.

We went in and out within 10 minutes.
Written 1 June 2018
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GlobeTrotter10101
United Kingdom199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Compared to the blue mansion, the house is not as beautiful and is very big, lacking attention to detail.

However I got a better idea of the migrants initially coming from china to setting here in malaysia from this house than elsewhere in Penang.
Written 18 March 2018
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Dnaray
Aberdeen, UK839 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
we found this by accident but actually much preferred it to Khoo Kongsi as we were practically the only visitors so more chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a beautifully renovated clan house.
Written 26 February 2020
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This impressive Temple was built in 1810 and is one of the oldest Hokkien clan associations in Penang. The complex is large and the the temple itself comprises only part of the clan buildings.
Written 28 June 2019
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK757 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This is a lovely looking building - the displays are a bit random at times, yet in an odd way its kind of fascinating at the same time. Very cheap - if you are going past it then it’s worth a visit
Written 30 March 2018
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada26,945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
With a "good-sized" main building consisting of more than just mainly the shrine room (as is the case at the main building of the "more publicized" Khoo Kongsi which despite its impressively glittering interior is "quite smaller" than this one) and a big lawn on the front grounds ("pretty decent-sized" really and yes a green scenery is much more pleasing to the eyes than hard-scaped grounds of Khoo Kongsi), this clan house definitely should be given priority over Khoo Kongsi, and it's in my opinion is the "best tour site" in the south of the Heritage Area with the Peranakan Mansion (the green one) being the best site in the north.

And so inside the main building, be sure to check out: on the upper floor the two recreation rooms (to your left after coming out of the main shrine room) with things on display such as a big lounge chair, a mah-jong table, a small old TV, an old sewing machine, an old typewriter, etc., and on the lower floor the kitchen-kind-of room and the room with a "pretty long" table enough to accommodate like 20 people for meeting or for dining. And yes, be sure to also go into the museum building apart from the main building (again it's better here than at Khoo Kongsi where the museum is a fairly small one on the lower floor of the main building where the shrine room is and not in a separate building as here) where what fascinated me most are these time-line-paintings of the island (or more accurately just the George Town part on the northeast corner of the island) from the early 19th century at the early days of the colonial settlement to what it is today; also on display is some historical information about the Cheah clan & its origin in China of centuries ago.

And nearby, just a few minutes' walk to your right after coming out of here is the "very lively" intersection of Lebuh Armenian & Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (which on the south side is called Lebuh Cannon) where on your left right at the intersection are Yap Kongsi (just a small one for a brief stop) and another kongsi or a temple (its building looked just like a kongsi, but I asked some vendors nearby and they said it was a temple); a left turn at the intersection followed by a few minutes' walk brings you to Khoo Kongsi (as mentioned above for comparison to this kongsi but which beats this one only when it comes to the "glitter inside" & the "roof decorations" but no match to this in the size of main building or the size of front yard); a right turn at the intersection followed by a few minutes' walk is Kapitan Keling Mosque with its beautiful building, tall tower & well-maintained grounds; or just go straight past the intersection for a few minutes and you'll get to the house with a "revolutionary history", namely Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base with some displays to learn about him. Also, if you're into desserts like cendol & ice cahang, there are some great hawker-kind-of shops for those on Lebuh Armenian just outside this kongsi (I had a delicious ice cahang for mere 3-something ringgits); and as an alternative to walking around the Heritage Area, there are four-wheeled cycles for rental right at the intersection (the same intersection as above).

Coming by bus, the best station to get off is the Jetty terminal from which it's just about a 10-minute walk (a left turn onto Pengkalan Weld St. after getting off the bus followed by a right turn onto Lebuh Armenian with this place on your right after about two blocks on Lebuh Armenian).
Written 23 March 2017
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