Clan Jetties

Attraction Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay) | 59A, Chew Jetty, Georgetown, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
0.00 USD

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Clan Jetties is one of the most unique stilt home along the bridge of New Jetty with a history of more than 60 years in existence.

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Why Clan Jetties is special ?

Clan Jetties form part of the Penang Heritage Trail. There used to be seven jetties until one was demolished by fire and now six remain. Billed as one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements on the island, this waterfront society is home to houses on stilts of various Chinese clans.

Located straight down from Lebuh Chulia (beside the Kapitan Kling Mosque) at Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), these water villages are over a century old. Each jetty is named after a Chinese clan – the Chew Jetty is the most tourist-friendly with the most stilt-houses, the longest walkway, a temple that is worth stopping by and plenty of places for those Kodak moments.

What to explore at Clan Jetties?

When you are visiting Georgetown and you would like to take a ride in one of the authentic Trishaws, let the owner of the Trishaw decide where you are going. There is a big chance you will visit the Clan Piers or Clan Jetties and their Floating Village.

The small villages are characterized by old traditions and habits, from candles outside the door to complete prayer temples inside the house.

In total there are six of these villages, in every village lives one clan, and every village has their own temple. The houses are built of a special kind of wood, which makes them resistant to the influences of the seawater.

The clans used to live mainly of fishing, but since 2006 most inhabitants work in town. Tourists are welcome and are free to stroll about the wooden piers.

The best time of the day to visit the Clan Jetties is in the early morning (around 7am). Not only are there no other tourists, you can witness the local Chinese Clan People practice their daily morning rituals, ranging from preparing food to praying at the temple at the main entrance.

How to get to Clan Jetties?

The Clan Piers can be found along Pengkalan Weld. This is situated on the outskirts of Chinatown, along Pengkalan Weld near the harbor (Swettenham Pier). It takes 10 minutes on foot from Komtar; the trishaw costs only a few ringgits. You can also take a RapidPG bus ride from the center of Georgetown, bus numbers 307 and 401E.


Selling points

  • “Interesting piece of social history”
  • “Interesting & Unique Place to Visit”
  • “Unique Lifestyle, Lovingly Preserved”
  • “Each Jetty is different-explore all four”
  • “Cool place for a stroll”
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Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay) | 59A, Chew Jetty, Georgetown, Penang Island 10300, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • If you wield your camera too obviously or too freely, you may risk offending the locals
  • If you are wondering when or where to click, then wait for sunset – the splash of orange contrasts beautifully with the turquoise-blue sea and it makes for an even more spectacular shot when you can get a shot of a sampan in the foreground.
  • The Clan Jetties are situated close to the Penang ferry terminal, with the entrance to the jetties located through the temple on the quayside.
  • Fun fact: to this day none of the families pay any tax as they are not living on land
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  • If you have time, the Chew Jetty is at the start of the Penang art trail, which continues nearby on Lebuh Armenian.
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  • You can visit the famous Khoo Kong Si, also in the same area, or else follow Pengkalan Weld north past the ferry terminal towards Fort Cornwallis to see some of colonial British Penang.
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Has awesome authentic hokkien fried prawn pancakes (he ji), black angku with mouth watering fillings etc. It's homemade, make a right turn right after the mural by Ernest, it's the second last house~

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Try the home made jelly,it's nice & cooling especially in a hot weather

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Such a pity that the mural art washed off. WARNING: MURAL ART IS WASHED OFF.

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Very popular place to visit in Penang... =)

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If you want to see how Chinese families lived over a hundred years ago, visit the Chew Jetty. The Chew Jetty still has numerous homes, shops, restaurants and is home to hundreds of families. Amazingly the jetty survived the tsunami and will no doubt be here for generations to come. It is a unique slice of life in Georgetown. It is wise to remember that this is still home to many people although it is an open, free tourist attraction.

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A Chew Jetty is one of the Penang Heritage attractions that you must visit if you around there. these jetty still in a good conditions and co-exist along of the modern development. George Town is a living legend, but it will disintegrate before our very eyes should we fail to nurture it. At Chew Jetty also there are lot souvenirs shop and you can buy it as a gift and it will make you remember a good time go there. homes are build very close, the Chew Jetty villager always welcoming visitors with warm and joyful if you interested to know more about the history of Chew Jetty you can ask the local people because their are friendly. The view at Chew Jetty during sunset very nice and such a beautiful sky you can see.But, don't forget bring your own mineral water because you will need to pay more than usual if you buy at local shop and sometimes little bit expensive than the original price.

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A fifteen minute Bike rickshaw from the heritage part of George Town, these jetties are a fascinating example of how Penang manages to preserve with charm, and still continue on a bustling everyday life.Each jetty is named after a clan of Chinese immigrant who came to the island in the 1700's. So each jetty, where the labourers lived and worked was named after them..e.g. Lim...Chew... etc etcThus each one has its own temple, and alongside the wooden walkways into the sea, are houses and verandahs, and washing lines and old people sitting on the porch watching we tourists wander by. So unlike our western manner of personal invasion-these jetties are bang up against the houses of the residents! And in an enterprising manner, these guys then opened up their shops to the tourist trade- and there is some cheap rubbish, of course-but you will find much more individual items to take home or as gifts- and they are very cheap. Charm exudes from the 28 degree heat, so a coconut ice cream, mixed with peanut sauce, coconut jelly in a coconut shell was essential in the shade. Taste of food in Penang is more original than perhaps in the rest of Malaysia-and for Malaysians, Penang is the culinary centre...I had a Curry Mee-a spicy soup and noodles and seafood dish with lemon grass-flavour not ring sting stuff, my friends- that is what these guys can do properly. Wander around the jetties-take off your shoes before you enter one of the mini temples-and chat with the people-they are open to conversation and laughter...I did enjoy the temple at the end of Chew Pier- right beside the door with the religious icons, was a fellow selling tickets for rest rooms....Sacred and profane...not really- just practical... Try not to wander around in the heat of the day- it will exhaust you - and make sure you drink bottled water...the locals tell us not to drink the tap water- and thats fine...our tummies may not be used to the fauna and flora...and a favour to these lovely people who share their private street on stilts...thank themAmen

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Such an unusual place and very well preserved. The walls must have a few stories to tell. It is wonderful that these amazing structures have been so well preserved and are still a home and place of work to many people today

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Has awesome authentic hokkien fried prawn pancakes (he ji), black angku with mouth watering fillings etc. It's homemade, make a right turn right after the mural by Ernest, it's the second last house~

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