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Choo Chay Keong Temple, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

Choo Chay Keong Temple at the junction between Armenian Street and Cannon Street within George Town

Choo Chay Keong Temple at the junction between Armenian Street and Cannon Street, within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Chinese temple for the Yap clan. Completed in 1924, it is dedicated to the patron deity of the Yaps, Hoay Che Chung Wang.

As it serves as the clan temple for the Yap Kongsi located right next to it, the temple is also known as the Yap Ancestral Temple.

History

Initially, there were two Yap clan associations within George Town - Tong Eng Siah Kongsi and Hook Teik Choon Ong Yap Kongsi. Both merged in the early 20th. century to form the Lum Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi, which is currently housed inside the Yap Kongsi building adjacent to the temple.

The land on which the temple now stands was donated by Yap Chor Ee, who was a Yap clansman. The temple, completed in 1924, was built in honour of the patron deity of the Yap clan, Hoay Che Chung Wang. In addition, the temple houses the Yap ancestral tablets of the departed.

Although Choo Chay Keong Temple is relatively small sized compared to most Chinese temples within George Town, it has a number of distinct features, such as the dragon pillars supporting its front porch and a polygonal structure in front of it, which was only added in the 1990s.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.26 Padang Kota State Assemblyman : Chow Kon Yeow (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)

References

  1. Hockton, K., Howard Tan, 2012. Penang : An Inside Guide to Its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments and Parks. MPH Group, Kuala Lumpur.
  2. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/yap-temple.htm

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