Clan Jetties Floating Village

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. This is a complete village on stilts above the water where Chinese clans live. In the 19th century many Chinese immigrants came to Malaysia. To enlarge their chances clans were established, so together they could survive in their new environment.

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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.

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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.

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Location Clan Jetties Georgetown

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.

Map Clan Jetties Georgetown

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6 comments on Clan Jetties Floating Village

  1. Gear Odds
    2 years ago
    August 28, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Really nice attraction, I didn’t hear about the village. But a great place to visit.

    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Sukhen Tanchangya
    1 year ago
    November 28, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Inspiring, a village can be floating I saw on your photos. It’s a great attraction for every travelers, I’m very exited to see.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Reply
  3. atikah
    1 year ago
    April 1, 2023 at 7:31 am

    luangkan masa dgn family melawat tempat menarik di sekitar penang…salah satunya CLAN JETTIES FLOATING…mengenali kebudayaan yang berbeza akan buat kita jatuh cinta pada TANAH AIR SENDRI…😊hightly recommen👍

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  4. atikah
    1 year ago
    April 1, 2023 at 7:33 am

    luangkan masa dgn family melawat tempat menarik di sekitar penang…salah satunya CLAN JETTIES FLOATING…luangkan masa kenali kebudayaan lain dan mempunyai keunikan tersendri…jgn lepaskan peluang bkunjung bersama family😊hightly rekomen👍

    Reply
  5. atikah
    1 year ago
    April 1, 2023 at 7:35 am

    luangkan masa dgn family melawat tempat menarik di sekitar penang…salah satunya CLAN JETTIES FLOATING…sangat teruja berada di sini👍

    Reply
  6. Warsha
    5 days ago
    May 21, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Thank you so much for the great post

    Reply

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