YAP Kongsi Temple

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Yap Kongsi at 71 Armenian Street, 10200 Penang, is the clan association of Hokkien Chinese in Penang of the Yap surname. The association building is known as Lum Yeong Tong. It is located next to the Yap Temple within the George Town Heritage Enclave and the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Yap clan traces its origin to 439 BC, when warrior Shen Zhu Liang defeated the troops of the Qin Dynasty, and helped place the Chu Dynasty back into power. In return, Shen was awarded a title, the hand of a princess to marry, and given a piece of land which was called the Yap district. Shen took on the Yap surname, and from there, the Yap clan was born.

In Penang, there were originally two Yap clan associations. The Tong Eng Siah Kongsi was founded in the late 19th century while the Hooi Teik Choon Ong Yap Kongsi was founded in the early 1910’s. These two associations merged to form the Lum Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi, which moved its premises to Armenian Street when the clan association building, built in the Straits Eclectic style, was completed in 1924. The 10,056 sq ft piece of land on which Yap Kongsi stands was donated by local tycoon Yeap Chor Ee, who was also a Yan clansman.

Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Penang

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Kapitan Keling Mosque, Pitt St (Jl. Masjid Kapitan Keling) was built in the early 19th century and is named after an Indian Muslim merchant, Caudeer Mohudeen, who was also the Kapitan Keling (headman). It is the most prominent historic mosque in Penang and features a dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is the place of worship of the Indian Muslim community which has lived and worked around the mosque for over 200 years. Unlike modern mosques which are heavily frequented on Fridays, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is popular with worshippers 5 times a day, 7 days a week. It is extremely well maintained compared to its rundown neighborhood, and tourists can get free tours of the Mosque during non-prayer times. You must take off your shoes prior to entering the building or threshold, follow the lead of others and just look for the shoes they have left behind. Women must wear a heavy robe provided by the staff.

The Minaret, Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Penang

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Kapitan Keling Mosque, Pitt St (Jl. Masjid Kapitan Keling) was built in the early 19th century and is named after an Indian Muslim merchant, Caudeer Mohudeen, who was also the Kapitan Keling (headman). It is the most prominent historic mosque in Penang and features a dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is the place of worship of the Indian Muslim community which has lived and worked around the mosque for over 200 years. Unlike modern mosques which are heavily frequented on Fridays, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is popular with worshippers 5 times a day, 7 days a week. It is extremely well maintained compared to its rundown neighborhood, and tourists can get free tours of the Mosque during non-prayer times. You must take off your shoes prior to entering the building or threshold, follow the lead of others and just look for the shoes they have left behind. Women must wear a heavy robe provided by the staff.