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Clan Jetties in Penang

The Penang Clan Jetties are waterfront communities that consist of houses on stilts of various Chinese clans. Located at Lebuh Armenian and Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), these water villages are over 100 years old. Each jetty is named after a Chinese clan –  the Lim, Chew, Tan and Yeoh jetties are the oldest and the Koay, Lee and Mixed Surname jetties were built afterward. There is plenty of beautiful, nostalgic, rustic spots for photography; the timber walkways and houses, piers and boats. You can take inspirations from the photos below for locations, backdrop
and mood of how your wedding photos can be.

Chew Jetty (姓周桥) is the largest, longest and the most visited, tourist-friendly jetty with touristy shops, quirky signs, mural and lots of photo opportunities. This Unesco World Heritage Site was first established in the mid 19th Century, spans Part 1 – 182 meter, Part 2 – 122 meters long with a total of 75 houses.

Tan Jetty which is located about 200 metres south of Chew Jetty is not as commercialized. The main attraction of Tan Jetty is a narrow wooden pier with a little hut which is perfect for artistic photography. The houses of the various jetties are being continually renovated and replaced. There is practically a temple at every corner but the most talked about one is the Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple at Yeoh Jetty. | Jan 2015

Penang Clan Jetty Pre-wedding photos by WLOON Photography
The iconic brown hut on stilts at Tan Jetty which is 200m south of Chew Jetty
It is so wonderful to find heritage places like this preserved in Penang.
A good photographer makes good use of objects and friendly people in the surrounding to make the image more unique

Photos by: WLOON Photography

Timber walkways and stilt houses
Photo by RC Studio | Pre-wedding photography at Tan Jetty
The main attraction of Tan Jetty is this narrow wooden pier with a little hut which attracts photographers. This is a really artistic image by Ronnie.

Trip Advisor: Nov 2014 | Chew Jetty

An impromptu wedding shot against a backdrop of Clan Jetty in Penang

The fading mural in 2013 due to the harsh seaside condition. It has completely faded away now unfortunately.

Mural by Ernest Zacharevic – Children in the boat at Chew Jetty. Ernest Zacharevic is a young Lithuania-born artist who has become popular in Penang after completing a series of murals entitled Mirrors George Town as part of George Town Festival 2012. His other works include “Little Children on a Bicycle”, “The Awaiting Trishaw Paddler”, etc.

In April 2013, Simon Tan executed his first mural at Chew Jetty. It was entitled Ah Kong & Ah Mah (Grandpa & Grandma) which took 2 days to complete. The mural was vandalised shortly after its completion. How sad! Shame on the person who did that. Despondent over the treatment given to the mural, Tan decided to paint over the piece. The second mural at Chew Jetty, entitled Ah Mah & Ah Soon (Grandma & Ah Soon), was completed later that same month.

Dec 2016: “Grandma & Ah Soon” sharing a light moment- mural by Simon Tan at Chew Jetty

The entrance to Lee Jetty. Brightly lit lanterns during Chinese New Year. | Jul 2016

The less commercialized Lim Jetty
Some of the houses on the Chew Jetty have been turned into shops selling souvenirs and tourist merchandise (2016)

Hean Boo Thean Temple is a Chinese temple built on top of the coastal waters at the edge of the Yeoh Jetty’s reclamation area and during high tide, the temple looks as if it is floating on top of the sea. 

Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple
Jul 2016
The present residents of these jetties are mostly descendants of their respective clans, each with its own communal lineage from China. It is therefore not surprising that most residents of Chew Jetty for instance, would still bear the surname ‘Chew’ to this day. The painting of a Merry Old Couple by Simon Tan is prominent and cannot be missed as it is right at the starting point of the boardwalk into the Chew jetty. Houses fronting the main wooden boardwalk to the pier have been turned into shops selling souvenirs and other merchandise. There are also a number of food and beverage outlets along this boardwalk. A nice mural by Ernest Zacharevic used to decorate the wall of this house. Unfortunately the painting has completely faded.
Tan Jetty is located about 200 metres south of Chew Jetty. This jetty is not as commercialised as Chew Jetty. The main attraction of Tan Jetty is this narrow wooden pier with a little hut which attracts photographers. The houses of the various jetties are being continually renovated and replaced.
Nov 2014
The clan jetty is a living-museum offering you an opportunity to glimpse how some locals live. The clan jetty is predominantly inhabited by Chinese of different origins thus bearing differing surnames and speaking different dialects. They are mostly quite open to outsiders who thronged the floating walkways. Be polite and genuine in engaging them or when peering into their homes, as you see small children and the elderly going about their daily activities in their floating houses.
Jan 2013
There was a old and unique coffee shop (kopitiam) on the left of the entrance, I like the traditional atmosphere very much!
Before we start the tour in Chew Jetty, there were many signages to read though…
We spotted the filming house in the movie of Ice Kacang Puppy Love ( 初恋红豆冰) which was the home of Eric Moo (巫啟賢). Along the way, I saw this homestay signage – boat ride, homestay, dinner, bbq… We hanged around the area for a while and luckily that was not very hot, the scenic view really made us relax. and I like the surrounding. I had a chat with an old lady who selling some souvenirs along the walkway in Chew Jetty. She was friendly and told us that all the youngsters have gone for work, and most of them are not staying here anymore…they only back once in the while and during Chinese New Year. So I guess, the place will be crowded during the coming Chinese New Year.We bought some postcards and notepads from her…

Clan Jetties in Penang
Add: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


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