CLASSIC TOUR OF GEORGETOWN IN THE STATE OF PENANG
A pleasant excursion to inebriate our senses with the views and scents of Georgetown to enjoy a true Malaysian experience and surround ourselves with the most authentic sides of the city and region of Penang.
What we will see
- Thai Buddhist Temple
- Burmese Buddhist Temple
- Khoo Kongsi
- Baba Nyonya Museum
What we will do
- We leave the port and head to Khoo Kongsi, the building where a Chinese clan used to meet and is now one of the country’s most extraordinary constructions of great historic and cultural value. The Chinese term “kongsi” literally means “company” or “meeting hall”. These facilities had a number of functions and services both for families belonging to the same clan and to facilitate relationships between Chinese migrants, to celebrate civil and religious ceremonies - especially those relating to the cult of the ancestors - and to foster business relationships. The richness and complex structure of a “kongsi” can reflect the status of a particular clan and its position within the local economy.
- As regards the architecture of Khoo Kongsi, we can see how the walls, columns and roof are decorated with complex carvings, statues, detailed painting and coloured tiles.
- We then move to visit another of Georgetown’s gems, the Baba Nuonya museum, also known as “Pinang Peranakan Mansion” or “Chung Keng Kwee Museum”, as it used to be the private residence of the Chinese Chief of the Hai San Secret Society. The building, a magnificent eclectic villa, is a true architectural marvel. The late Victorian influence is particularly evident in the profusion of cast-iron decorations, among the few in Penang to have survived the Japanese occupation.
- The accurate restoration work, the splendid antique furniture and magnificent woodwork will leave us truly speechless.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Clothing that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
- You must remove footwear and wear socks to enter the Temple. Legs and shoulders must be covered.?
- We recommend bringing insect repellent.