Craftsmen from China commissioned this architectural masterpiece in 1906, at a time when the Khoo Clan was at its height of ... More
Craftsmen from China commissioned this architectural masterpiece in 1906, at a time when the Khoo Clan was at its height of wealth and eminence. The intricate crafts, ornaments, tile and painting makes it one of the most beautifully sculptured pieces of Chinese architecture. The main charming street is flanked by rows of relatively well-kept mid-19th century shop houses. It opens into a courtyard fronted by the majestic Khoo Kongsi where many festivals are held throughout the year. Facing directly opposite is the traditional stage theater and at the side, the renovated Khoo Kongsi office building.
i love this place , first of all: its intricate details ornaments. it is just too much effort, time, labour to beautify this building. by talking to the worker there we get to know that the placement of the status of the sikhs, the smilling buddha,the lions are all carry meaning, they are there to enhance the good feng shui of that place which bring wealth,prosperity, health and happiness to family khoo. understanding of the function of the khoo kongsi temple bring more imagination on how was this place was a hundred year ago.
there is a underground tunnel which is not open for public. i am so curious about this tunnel. hopefully in the near future, they will open to public.
some renovation of the nearby shophouses are on the progress. i personally think that the renovation and the occupancy of the shophouses are totally ignorance of the culture and theme of khoo kongsi. such a waste of this heritage spot where they should study and appreaciate what is inherited, and perk up the culture.
the small 'restaurant' in the temple itself is in such a miserable condition. though it is only a small spot, it managed to spoilt the whole atmosphere, i was expecting something more oriental...
The architecture is awesome. I believe it is one of the best Chinese-Style building in Malaysia.
They claimed it to be "Heritage Jewel of Penang" and I have no doubt about it. The mini musuem give a brief picture of how Chinese (origin from China) travel all the way to Penang and start a new life here. And I believe this is a common stories for all Chinese in Malaysia about a century ago.
Another fascinating things of Khoo Kongsi is, they keep a big stack of record of their family tree! It's really fun that we can really trace back to every single ancestors of ours!
The best time to visit Khoo Kongsi is during Chinese New Year. Just imagine watching Chinese cultural shows with awesome background!
The entry fee is RM5, which is a little bit high for Malaysia standard. However, it sure worth your money and time for a short visit to Khoo Kongsi in the Canyon Square.
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