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Khoo Kongsi, George Town
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Enjoy the ornamental architecture of Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clanhouse in George Town's World Heritage-listed area. The Khoo Kongsi clan of wealthy Chinese traders constructed the complex in stages beginning in the 17th century. Today the complex features an ornate and elaborate association building, a traditional theater, and late 19th-century rowhouses. The protected buildings represent good examples of Chinese design, and guided tours elucidate the culture of the clan, their influence on the area, and the history of the clanhouse itself. Using our international travel planner, George Town attractions like Khoo Kongsi can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is a small museum, but what there is is really nice. So many little details of what is in the building. Unfortunately, the building is in the scaffolding, so from the outside you can see relatively little. You paid MYR 10 per person entrance, was have been nice that there is a small booklet accompanying sat with some info.
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  • This clan house, the Heritage Jewel of Penang, is a must see. The ornate detail is nothing I have ever seen. 
  • they charge an entry fee when most temples are free. I wouldn't mind except that the whole façade is currently under construction so you cannot even get a decent photo whilst inside. probably worthwhi...  more »
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  • Absolutely jaw dropping gorgeously well maintained Chinese clan temple, more ornate than even a taoist temple. Come to look at all the finely crafted and gilded door frames, beans and wall mutual. We're talking about it's almost resemble a royal palace here !
  • fake place !!! This is most terrible attraction in Penang The seller ticket not told me that still fixing or repairing now . So sad , I feel dissappointed very much Only RM 10 , Why do you cheat?
  • While not very big, the clan house is simply wonderful thanks to the excellent restauration job and the enormous amount of details to watch out for. Best 10 RM spent so far :) !
  • A must visit for tourists visiting Penang. Great architecture and there is a museum/exhibit inside the clanhouse as well. Free access for those who bear the last name "Khoo"
  • Elaborate and definitely worth the time spent. You'll take a couple of hours to truly appreciate the history that are engraved on the walls and carvings on the buildings. There's a light up for every last Saturday of the month. Perfect evening to be spent here listening to operas and enjoying the light up.