Khoo Kongsi is a must see - 24th March

Set off at 8.30 before the crowds to explore. As we took some pics of the Yap and Ciji Temple in Arminian Street near our hotel, a New Yorker called John asked could we take his pic? We did and he said that 20 years ago he visited the Temple Compound in Cannon Square and it was fantastic.

Khoo Kongsi Clan house / Temple

Khoo Kongsi Clan house / Temple

We took his advice arrived at the Compound right on 9am. It is called Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi and was built to protect the Chinese family. I have to say the Temple was remarkable in its carvings, guilding and general detail. It was better than any we have seen in mainland China. They spent a lot of money as every detail was exquisite and created by marvellous craftsman unlike some of the cruder temples we have seen. Every visitor to Georgetown should see this place. Apparently a lot of their wealth came from piracy!

Visited Little India which was much like Little India in Ipoh and other parts of the world.  Looked at some wonderful restorations in Lebu Muntri including. The Seven Terraces, Muntri Mews and Muntri Grove. A great part of town and just shows what can be done with old terraces. 

Cannon Ball tree in Botanical gardens

Cannon Ball tree in Botanical gardens

Made the mistake of taking No 10 bus to Penang Botanical Gardens. Was an interesting ride for 2RM trough the suburbs taking about 40 minutes. The gardens, other than a Cannon Ball tree avenue were disappointing. A taxi took us home in 10 minutes! Penang is hot and dry at the moment.