Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi

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Eng Chuan Tong
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Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi is located in central George Town, Penang
Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi
Location in George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site (purple)
General information
Type Hokkien clan house
Architectural style Chinese
Address Seh Tan Court, Beach Street,
10300 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia
Town or city George Town, Penang
Country Malaysia
Coordinates 5°24′47″N 100°20′11″E / 5.413184°N 100.336338°E / 5.413184; 100.336338Coordinates: 5°24′47″N 100°20′11″E / 5.413184°N 100.336338°E / 5.413184; 100.336338
Current tenants Tan Kongsi
Completed 1878; 140 years ago (1878)
Cost $35,000
Owner Tan Kongsi
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv
Designated 2008 (32nd session)
Reference no. 1223
Region Asia-Pacific

Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi is a Hokkien clan house at Beach Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It was founded in the early 19th century by a Tan family from the Fujian province of Zhangzhou in China.[1] The building is a place of worship devoted to Chen Yuanguang, the founder of Zhangshou, and his two deputies, Generals Fushun and Fusheng. It was also the ancestral temple of Tan clansmen for the purposes of cultural integration. Members of the Tan family worship their ancestor, Tan Guan Kong.[2]

Reception and administration area.

This Kongsi represents what locals consider to be one of the ‘Big Five' clan surnames in Penang.[3] Founded under the name Tan Seng Ong Kongsi, it is claimed by its owners to be the oldest clan house in Penang. The clan house and its associated residences form a culturally embedded Seh Tan Court.

In 1941, from the start of the Japanese Occupation, many historic relics vanished, and activities were suspended except for Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. In recent years, clan members have attended two annual ceremonies of ancestor worship.[4]

In the early 1900s, a Tan Si School was established, which was later renamed Eng Chuan School. It was one of several schools in Penang which taught Confucian classics as a main part of the curriculum.[5]

The main structure was erected in 1878, then renovated in the late 1940s, and again in the 1990s. The building is located at number 28 Seh Tan Court, George Town (off Beach Street).


  1. ^ By Cavina Lim (2012-08-11). "Get to know the Tan Kongsi - Community | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ Ching-Hwang, Y. (1981). Early Chinese Clan Organizations in Singapore and Malaya, 1819–1911. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 12(1), 62-91. doi:10.1017/S0022463400004999
  3. ^ 福庇众生. Areca Books. 2007. pp. 55–. ISBN 978-983-43661-2-4. 
  4. ^ "A Guide to Selected Chinese Clan Houses in the George Town World Heritage Site" (PDF). Gtwhi.com.my. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  5. ^ Lecturer Department of History Ching-Hwang Yen (13 September 2013). Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia: History, Culture and Business Enterprise. World Scientific. pp. 98–. ISBN 978-981-4578-44-8. 

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