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Wednesday 10 August 2022

WELD QUAY Walkabout (Jetty Hopping)

Penang Day 4!

Today would turn out to be a day of crossing out items on our bucket list. High on our Penang travel list is a visit to the Weld Quay area, specifically the various Clan Jetties. We arrived at Chew Jetty only to realise that we were a little early.

To while the time away we went to a café nearby for some refreshments and a couple of half boiled eggs that cost us RM7.40 (approximately USD/EUR2). At ten o’clock sharp we walked into Chew Jetty and caught a glimpse of what life might have looked like in the 1800s.

Having been a home on stilts on the shores for the Chew Clan community for more than a century and still is now, the Chew Jetty has withstood the test of time and is a strong testament to Penang's commitment to its living heritage. These clusters of wooden houses were built by poor Chinese immigrants who worked near the port during the nineteenth century. These immigrants migrated from the south-eastern coast of China, due to the hardship they faced in their homeland during that era. Later they brought their families over and made this waterfront their home. The Chew Jetty is still home to hundreds of people living in this area today but many have changed their social and economic lifestyle.

Later on we continued on in the same direction until we reached Lim Jetty, one of the six existing clan jetties in George Town. 

Also known as Snaeh Lim Kio in the Hokkien dialect, it is the clan jetty nearest to Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda, the ferry terminal. Completely destroyed during the Japanese bombing campaign in 1941, it was rebuilt after WW2. The principle temple at Lim Jetty is the Sun Moon Temple, a shrine for the Lim clan's patron deity, Lim Tai Cor and other deities. The busiest time at this temple is during the feast day of the goddess Mazu, or Ma Cor Poh. Today much of Lim Jetty has made way for development, with a large tract of the waterfront being reclaimed to make a parking lot. Immediately to the south of Lim Jetty is Chew Jetty.

We did not have time to visit the rest of the clans’ jetties and made our way to the bus terminal nearby to catch a Rapid Penang free CAT bus to KOMTAR. See you all soon.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

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