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Lum Foong Hotel, Muntri Street, George Town, Penang

Lum Foong Hotel at Muntri Street, within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly housed the Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic, the predecessor of Penang Adventist Hospital.

Lum Foong Hotel is a double storey heritage building at Muntri Street within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 1920s, it served as the original premises of the Penang Adventist Hospital, which is now located at Burmah Road and has become one of Penang's best private hospitals.

Today, Lum Foong Hotel houses a bistro, a Chinese coffee shop and a budget hotel.

Lum Foong Hotel, George Town, Penang (1920s)

The Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic was established in 1924 at the spot where Lum Foong Hotel now stands.

History

In 1924, Dr. Earl Gardner opened the first Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic in British Malaya at the very premises where Lum Foong Hotel now stands.

Lum Foong Hotel, Muntri Street, George Town, Penang (2)

Lum Foong Hotel (left) at the junction between Muntri Street and Leith Street.

The poor and the needy were treated free-of-charge, and within 19 days of its opening, the clinic was swarming with over 600 registered patients. By January 1925, there were 1,600 patients in the clinic, and the number grew to 2,000 in February.

As the clinic was becoming overcrowded, a new hospital building was constructed. The building was completed in 1931 and saw its first patients in the following year. However, it was not to last, as the hospital was then moved to Chulia Street in 1939.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic eventually moved to its present premises at Burmah Road within the Pulau Tikus suburb in the 1960s and was renamed Penang Adventist Hospital. The hospital is now one of the premier private hospitals on Penang Island, attracting medical tourists from Malaysia as well as abroad.

Meanwhile, Lum Foong Hotel now houses a budget hotel at its top floor, as well as a Chinese coffee shop and a bistro.

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/lum-fong-hotel.htm
  3. http://www.pah.com.my

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