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Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 – After Dusk

As the sun set over Snake Temple on the evening of Monday, 23rd February 2015, participants and spectators waited for the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang.  The air was electric with anticipation as the hour drew nearer. There was promise of a great programme lined up for the spectators with the Beijing China Cultural Acrobatic Performance as the star attraction for the evening’s entertainment.

Thank you to our Webmaster Peter Ho and his partner, Chua Boon Keat together with Michael Chuan and Max Teoh Yeam Chuan for taking these amazing photos for Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening's Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

24 Drummers getting ready to start off the evening’s Official Programme of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Drummer Boys, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Drummers, invited guests and spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

Official Opening Ceremony of Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015.

LED Dragon Dance Performance.

Northern Lion Dance Performance.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm.

Snake Performers from the Snake Farm – kissing a cobra.

Beijing Acrobats.

Beijing Acrobats – contortionist, balancing and twirling acts.

Beiiing Acrobats - balancing and twirling acts.

Beijing Acrobats – awesome balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – twirling and balancing acts.

Beijing Acrobats

Beijing Acrobats – performer with hoops.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like Disneyland.

Lighted floats made Jalan Tokong Ular looked like an Oriental Theme Park.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Gerakan Members came to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Lighted Float with inset photos of musicians.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Eight Immortals on Stilts in front of our iconic Snake Temple.

Vistitors.

Visitors to the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2015 taking a photo with the Eight Immortals on Stilts.  Beautiful.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges.  What a festive atmosphere.

Spectators watching Teochew Opera Show while Eight Immortals mingled with the crowd and girls distributing oranges. What a festive atmosphere.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple.  More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the "Chneah Hoay" Ceremony.

We will leave you with this image of Snake Temple. More and more devotees came as it neared midnight to witness the “Chneah Hoay” Ceremony.

 Till next year.  Gong Xi Fa Cai to all the devotees and visitors to Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple.

 

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“Talking Books” at Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

“Talking Books” is a related event of “The Book of the Month” programme by Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated, Penang to introduce heritage-related books.  As The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang was recently launched on Saturday, 6th September 2014 by the Chief Minister of Penang, Tuan Lim Guan Eng, they invited the two authors of The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang, Mr. Tan Kim Hong and Mr. Ooi Bok Kim to give a presentation on Saturday, 27th September at 2.00 p.m. The Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang was also invited to attend the presentation and also to promote and sell The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to the guests.  It was open to the public on a first-come basis as the place can only hold 50 to 60 guests.

At Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) for "Talking Books" presentation on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

At Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) for “Talking Books” presentation on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Interested guests looking at The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Interested guests looking at The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ooi Bok Kim having a quiet discussion while waiting for the presentation to begin.

Khoo Kay Hock, Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ooi Bok Kim having a quiet discussion while waiting for the presentation to begin.

Guests waiting for the "Talking Books" session to begin.

Guests waiting for the “Talking Books” session to begin.

The MC introducing the speakers to the guests.

MC Ms. Leong Kit Yeng introducing the speakers to the guests.

Tan Kim Hong giving his presentation.

Tan Kim Hong giving his presentation.

Guests at the "Talking Books" presentation.

Guests at the “Talking Books” presentation.

Ooi Bok Kim giving his take on the architectural aspect of the 5 Hokkien Community Temples of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Ooi Bok Kim giving his take on the architectural aspect of the 5 Hokkien Community Temples of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Presentation of souvenirs to the 2 speakers from the boss of Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated.

Presentation of souvenirs to the 2 speakers from the General Manager, Ms. Lim Chooi Ping of Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI).

Group Photo at the end of the Book Talk.  (phoro courtesy of Tan Ai Boay).

Group Photo at the end of the Book Talk. (phoro courtesy of Tan Ai Boay).

 

 

The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Hi Readers,

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang which is available at our 5 Temples.

Photo by Peter Ho, our Webmaster on our book on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Our 200-page hard cover books priced at Rm100/- each on The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang are available at the following places:-

 

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang

Books are sold at Sian Chye Tong, 395 Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang.

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office)

Khoo Kongsi Gift Shop at No.15 Cannon Square (opposite Ticketing Office) on the left of the entrance leading to the courtyard.

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang

Toon Boon Tong Gift Shop, 6 Cannon Street, Penang.  See Sim Kuang Nien and his staff for The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Art Gallery of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang

Snake Temple (Hock Hin Keong), Sungei Kluang, Penang

Hock Hin Keong (Snake Temple), Sungei Kluang, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang

Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple), Jelutong, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato' Keramat, Penang

Kim Hoe Keong/Siew Thean Keong, Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Penang (photo by Peter Ho)

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy

Seng Hong Beow, Jalan C.Y. Choy (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

Chooi Bee Keong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong (photo by Peter Ho)

 

Please note that all proceeds from the sale of our books are for repairs, renovation, upkeep and maintenance of the above 5 Temples.  We will be undertaking a major renovation of Cheng Leong Keong (Tai Tay Yah Temple) in Jelutong, Penang soon.

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Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014

The Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014 will be held on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (corresponding to the 5th day of the coming Chinese New Year).  The event is jointly organised by the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee.

A Press Conference, chaired by Y.B. Danny Law of Penang State Tourism Development & Culture, was held at 10.30 a.m. in the Conference Room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at Snake Temple in Sungei Keluang.

It was attended by Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; members of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Residents Area Committee and press members.  The conference was given a briefing on the Programme for the evening of the Festival.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press Conference chaired by Y.B. Danny Law together with Celebration Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock and Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Press members taking notes during the Press Conference.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Site Layout of the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Programme for Tuesday, 4th February 2014

7.00 p.m.

Arrival of Guests

Paying homage to Chor Soo Kong by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Trustees and wives of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

7.30 p.m.

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Snake Dance Performance

Speech by Mr. Cheah Cheng Ean, Organising Chairman

Speech by Mr. Khoo Kay Hock, Celebration Chairman/Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Speech by Y.B. Mr. Danny Law Heng Kiang, Minister for Penang State Tourism Development & Culture

Speech by Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

8.00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Lion Dance Performance

8.30 p.m.

Snake Charmer’s Performance

Fish Dance Performance

9.00 p.m.

Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance

Dragon Dance Performance

10.30 p.m.

Speech by Flame Watching Ceremony Adviser, Mr. Tan Lye Hock

Launching of Flame Watching Ceremony by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang

“Kim Kor” Team Performance

Activities/Performances in front of Snake Temple, Penang

7.00 p.m.          Lion Dance welcoming Guests

9.00 p.m.          Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

10.30 p.m.        Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

11.00 p.m.        Performance of Lion Dance on Stilts

11.30 p.m.        Dragon Dance Performance/Snake Dance Performance

Opera Show/Chinese Martial Art Performance/”Chor Soo Kong” History

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

We would like to invite all our Malaysian friends to come and join our Festival on Tuesday, 4th February 2014.

Where is Hokkien Kongsi, Penang?

Friends always ask me where is Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and I shall try to answer their frequently asked question in this article.

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is located in Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple (commonly known as Tua Pek Kong Temple), which is situated at the corner of Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Cannon in the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown.  As one faces the temple, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is in the right room on the first floor.  Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is formed from the Big Five Hokkien Clan Surnames in Penang – Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh.  So these 5 kongsi’s send 4 representatives each to Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and they are the trustees managing 5 temples in Penang.  For more information on the 5 temples, please visit http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Hock Teik Cheng Sin is the umbrella body comprising 5 representatives each from Hokkien Kongsi, PenangTong Kheng Seah; Cheng Hoe Seah; and Poh Hock Seah.  The famous annual “Chia Hoay” Ceremony (Flame Watching Ceremony at Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjong Tokong Seafront ) is carried out by the members of Poh Hock Seah.  We just had this ceremony on the 14th day of the 1st lunar month, corresponding to 23rd February 2013 and the prediction on the economy of Penang is “medium” for the first 4 months, “good” for the next 4 months and also “good” for the last 4 months until the next Chinese New Year.

Entrance to Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple is at Lebuh Armenian, Penang

Entrance to Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple at Lebuh Armenian, Penang

Granite plaque telling you about Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, Penang

Granite plaque telling you about Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, Penang

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, better known as Tua Pek Kong Temple

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, better known as Tua Pek Kong Temple

Altar of Tua Pek Kong on the Ground Floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Altar of Tua Pek Kong on the Ground Floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Urn used in the "Chia Hoay" Ceremony on 23rd February.  Notice the flame was so good that even the red cloth was singed.

Urn used in the “Chia Hoay” Ceremony on 23rd February at Hai Choo Soo Temple at Tanjung Tokong Seafront. Notice the flame was so good that even the red cloth was singed.

First floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple as one comes up the staircase.

First floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple as one comes up the staircase.

Entrance to room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Entrance to room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Inside meeting room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Inside meeting room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

Tong Kheng Seah - altar praying to Jee Tay Yah whose birthday is on 14th day of 2nd lunar month.

Tong Kheng Seah – altar praying to Jee Tay Yah whose birthday is on 14th day of 2nd lunar month.

Board giving details of Tong Kheng Seah

Board giving information on Tong Kheng Seah

Room on left - Cheng Hoe Seah praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.  See article on  Flame Watching Ceremony at Snake Temple

Room on left – Cheng Hoe Seah praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.

See related article on Flame Watching Ceremony on 14th February at Snake Temple, Penang at the following:-

http://penangtapestry.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/snake-temple-flame-watching-ceremony-by-cheng-hoe-seah-on-14th-february/

Board giving information on Cheng Hoe Seah

Board giving information on Cheng Hoe Seah

Exit of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. Note the narrow staircase on the left of photo.

Exit of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. Note the narrow staircase on the left of photo.

In the room upstairs, I found Chai Sin Yeah (God of Wealth), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy)  and Tua Pek Kong (God of Prosperity) in a room upstairs.

In the room upstairs, I found Chai Sin Yah (God of Wealth), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Tua Pek Kong (God of Prosperity).

Stepping out on the balcony, I took this photo of the first floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, showing room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

Stepping out on the balcony, I took this photo of the first floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, showing room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.

Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration on 16th February 2013

The All Clans Chinese New Year Celebration was held in the heritage enclave of Georgetown.  An arch was built in conjunction with this celebration and lanterns were put up giving it a very festive air.  As it is the Year of the Snake, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang set up their own stage to join in the celebration and asked the Snake Farm (based at the Snake Temple in Penang) to bring snakes and put on a snake show for tourists and visitors.

When I left, I could see that Goldie, the albino python was drawing a crowd to the stage.  Goldie is such a sweet and easy-going creature that I personally find her very adorable.  This is such a turnaround for me, as I used to have an aversion for snakes!

Hi come and  join us.  We are going to the Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration

“Hi, come and join us. We are going to the Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration.”

Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Kay Hock, two Hokkien Kongsi, Penang's trustees making their way to their own Stage Area in Lebuh Ah Quee, outside Lim Kongsi

Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Kay Hock, two trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang making their way to their own Stage Area in Lebuh Ah Quee, outside Lim Kongsi

Trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at their own Stage in Lebuh Ah Quee

Trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang at their own Stage in Lebuh Ah Quee

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing their five temples.  For more information, please visithttp://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang showing their five kongsi’s. For more information, please visit
http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/

Lillian Chew from Snake Farm with her pet python, which looks like an accessory complementing her outfit!

Lillian Chew from Snake Farm with her pet python and a foreign visitor

Goldie, the albino python with trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.  Looks like they have adopted Goldie as their mascot.

Goldie, the albino python with trustees from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang. Looks like they have adopted Goldie as their mascot.

Lillian Chew with her tree snake.  I felt the skin of the tree snake and it is so smooth and velvety.

Lillian Chew with her tree snake. I felt the skin of the tree snake and it was so smooth and velvety.

Just the start of the Celebration and people are visiting the Stage Area of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to see the snakes,

Just the start of the Celebration and people were already visiting the Stage Area of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang to see the snakes.

Going home via Lorong Soo Hong - such beautiful paintings on the wall.

Going home via Lorong Soo Hong – such beautiful paintings on the wall.

Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013

The Chief Minister of Penang, Mr.  Lim Guan Eng arrived promptly at 6.20 p.m. to officiate the Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  He was greeted by the usual lion dance, and on hand to greet him were members of the Joint Organising Committee and Trustees of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang.

He was then taken up to pay homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong in the Snake Temple, before proceeding to the Indian Temple to pay his respects.  Then to the Main Stage Area for the official programme.

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

I got them to pose for a photo before the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Lion Dance heralding the arrival of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Here he comes, all smiles for the crowd.

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang - Khoo Kay Hock

Being greeted upon arrival by Chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Khoo Kay Hock

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Greeting friends on the way to Snake Temple.

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Saying Happy New Year to spectators waiting outside Snake Temple

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Turning back to say Gong Xi Fa Cai to the people below

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

Paying homage to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong of Snake Temple

At Indian Temple

Inside Indian Temple

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. waiting to be blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng being blessed by Indian priests

VIPs at Main Stage for Official Programme

VIPs and guests at Main Stage Area for Official Programme

Chio Tian Culture Drum Performance

Chio Tian Cultural Drum Performance

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Organising Chairman, Cheah Cheng Ean giving a speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Tan Lye Hock, Celebration Chairman giving his speech

Crowd listening to speeches

Crowd listening to speeches

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech

Y.A.B. Chief Minister saying Huat ah, Heng ah, Ong ah after his speech (meaning prosperity, success and good luck)

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for .....

VIPs and sponsors of this event being called on stage for …..

Raining confetti to add to the festive occasion before departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

……..raining confetti on the crowd to add to the festive occasion before the departure of Y.A.B. Mr. Lim Guan Eng

Hokkien Kongsi, Penang says a big thank you to everybody who came to our Ban Ka Lan Snake Festival 2013.  You helped to make it such a success.  We also  thank the Joint Organising Committee for their sterling work, dedication and commitment in organising this Joint State Event, which was no mean task.  Thank you to all sponsors too for your generous sponsorship.