Hidden in a maze of alleys and pre-war houses is the breathtakingly beautiful Khoo Kongsi – clanhouse built by the early Khoo clanmen more than 100 years ago. Three tucked away entrances at Cannon Street, Beach Street and Armenian Street will lead you the magnificent structure built on a beautiful courtyard.
The Khoo Kongsi Leong San Tong (which means ‘Dragon Mountain Hall’) clan house stands proud as a symbol of tradition, culture and values.
In 1901, the Leong San Tong was almost burned to the ground on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Five years later, a new Indo-Malay bungalow with Fujian temple and prayer pavilion stood in its place, signaling the re-birth of one of the most majestic clan houses in South East Asia.
Inside the clanhouse, elaborate murals and carvings tell of a rich history. Gold name plaques hang on the walls honouring those who have done the clan proud.
Founded by Hokkien immigrant workers who came to Penang to seek greater fortune, the clanhouse was set up promote clan solidarity and to foster Confucian core values such as filial piety and respect for the elders.
Contributions of the prominent Khoo clan to Penang’s rapid growth and community development has been invaluable. Many of the members became influential community leaders and philanthropists in the state.
Location of Khoo Kongsi Leong San Tong
Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island.