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Clan Jetties of Penang – gateway to the past October 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Malaysia, People, Places.

There’s this place along Weld Quay in Penang that a lot of people, locals especially, take for granted. They often pass this place without giving it a second glance. It is that long row of jetties popularly known as the Clan Jetties.

The Clan Jetties is a treasure trove of memories and heritage trails. It all started, I believe, more than a hundred years ago. The Chinese sailors who settled down in Penang congregated at the jetties and soon, they divided their communities according to surnames, namely, Chew, Lim, Teoh, Khoo, Ang, etc.

In the early 20th century, when Penang port was at its heyday, the clan jetties were a hive of activity. Today, it is a pale shadow of its former robust self. Only memories and a limited number of elderly citizens left.

The younger generations have moved elsewhere or further inland on the island. But the clan jetties continue to exude a certain mystique, and it has a certain charm that pervades through the surroundings.



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