Fooi Chew Association, Prangin Lane, George Town, Penang

Fooi Chew Association, Prangin Lane, George Town

Fooi Chew Association is a Hakka district association based at Prangin Lane within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1822, the double-storey building is notable for the pair of granite columns, which were carved by the Hakka stone-workers.


Fooi Chew Association was established in 1822 by Lee Hin, who also led the Ghee Hin secret society.

The double-storey building features a pair of granite pillars stretching all the way up its façade. The columns were the handiwork of the Hakka stone-workers, who were well-known for this particular trade within George Town during the 19th. century. The workers were simultaneously members of the Lean Seng Tong, a now-defunct association of stone-workers that also built the granite steps of the famous Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam.

The building was renovated to its present form in 1905.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.28 Komtar State Assemblyman : Teh Lai Heng (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

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


  1. Khoo S.N., 2007. Streets of George Town, Penang. Areca Books, Penang.

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