Penang Insights

Khoo Kongsi

Khoo Kongsi is the finest and grandest Chinese ancestral temple outside of China, built in the mid-19th century. It is also the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia with the family surname “Khoo” lineage tracing back 650 years.

The word “Kongsi” refers to a Chinese clan house (in today’s term association or society) setup by families with the same surname and lineage, originated many centuries ago from China. The principle, philosophy and ideals behind a clan house was adopted in many parts of Southeast Asia by the early Chinese settlers to support new arrivals socially and economically.

I have written a blog post on this wonderfully preserved UNESCO site in a previous blog that is no longer active. But you can still read my previous article here.

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Written by Victor Khoo

Hi! If you love travel and food, you have come to the right place. Born and raised in Malaysia, I have learned how to cook at an early age from watching my mum. Most recently due to Covid-19 pandemic restriction on travel, I have started my own YouTube food channel, "Foodtrail" to share my home recipes. You can SUBSCRIBE to my channel, or follow my Blog on Penang Insights for a weekly published recipe.

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