Kongsi, or clanhouses, are assembly halls that function as the civic and religious centers for overseas Chinese, and the most fascinating in Penang is the Khoo Kongsi, or the "Dragon Mountain Hall." The 100-year-old masterpiece was purchased by the Khoo Clan at a time when the family was the wealthiest and most powerful in the city. Craftsmen from China were commissioned to intricately craft it, and their labor created a meticulous and beautiful example of Chinese architecture. Festivals are held here during Chinese holidays all around the year.
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There are many old mansions in Penang that have been forced to transform, some have become museums, and some have been developed into boutique hotels. The Longshantang Qiu Company, which is hidden in the alleys of the old city, has continued to this day. The descendants of Qius family are now shining all over the world. Their university degree certificates and industry achievements are full of several houses.
Surprisingly, this magnificent Chinese-style ancient building is rarely known to Malay locals, and many foreign photographers come to visit. Longshantang has an amazing architectural beauty, extremely symmetrical layout and exquisite carvings and clay crafts. It is a dream place for architectural fans. On the last Saturday of each month and the special festival Longshan Hall will light up. From 6:30 to 10:00 in the evening, admission is free. For other days, if you want to go in, you will be charged MYR 10.
Longshantang Qiu Company is the most special one among the Malaysian Chinese surnames. The Qiu clan is one of the "five major surnames" of Fujian people in Penang. It is an important blessing force in the early society with Xie, Yang, Lin and Chen. In the nineteenth century, the five major surnames set up company settlements in Chulia Street on the winter street of Georgetown, and in the south to the community street. Each company is centered on the ancestral hall and surrounds the street house belonging to the company on three or four sides. This kind of close, close and defensive settlement of the same name is very rare in immigrant society.
Penang can be described as a Chinese ancestral temple. These ancestral halls are also called "companies". The so-called "company", that is, the ancestral hall established by each clan, can be used for the ethnic group or the same-named family to meet or meet regularly. It is also a temple. Among the many temples, Longshantang is the largest and most beautiful and beautiful ancestral temple in Penang.
Longshantang is another must-have historical and cultural landscape after Penangs Nyonya Museum, and its exquisiteness is staggering.
Address: George District Old Street
Tickets: MYR 12 for adults, free for children under 12 years old.
Opening time: 10