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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.

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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.