After the visit to Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple, we made our way to Lee Jetty and Tan Jetty in search of dinner. The beckoning lights of these Chinese Clan Jetties during Chinese New Year were very inviting.
Entrance to Lee Jetty, the one nearest to Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple (on the left as one faces the entrance to the Floating Temple). Notice the Por Seng Tai Tay Temple to the right of the entrance – the Lee Clan and the Chew Clan pray to this Deity.
Brightly-lit Lee Jetty. Inset – entrance to Tai Tay Yah Temple.
Lee Jetty by day (photo taken by Michael Chuan).
At the entrance of the unlit Tan Jetty. This is where the Burmah Road Temple comes to send off the boat during the Nine Emperors God’s Festival on the 9th night of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese Calendar.
At the end of Tan Jetty, we reached the side gate of the Thai Restaurant. Inset – the main entrance facing Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple.
We decided to call it a night after dinner. The visit to the famous Chew Jetty and Lim Jetty had to wait.
At the entrance area of the famous Chew Jetty where the Chew clan (like the Lee clan) pray to Por Seng Tai Tay.
Along the iconic Chew Jetty where they pray annually to God of Heaven on the 8th night of Chinese New Year on a grand scale, attended by the Chief Minister of Penang and his family.
At the end of Chew Jetty, there is a Tai Tay Yah Temple, Deity of the Chew Clan. One can also see fishing traps, speed boats collecting passengers and folks just relaxing. In the distance, the Floating Temple “floating” at the Waterfront.
Next to the Chew Jetty is the Lim Jetty, all brightly lit up for Chinese New Year too.
- Lim Jetty. Notice the the old photo of Lim Jetty taken in 1910 (bottom left) and the painting by a 15-year old artist, Khoo Ka Leong (bottom right).
Lim Jetty. Notice the two bottom photos on left and right – that is the Ong Jetty where there are no houses as the Ong clan had bought houses and moved out a long time ago. It is the venue for the Kew Ong Yah Temple in McCallum Street to come to send off their boat annually on the 9th night of the Nine Emperors God’s Festival from 1st to 9th day of the 9th lunar month.
I was given to understand that there are two more Clan Jetties after the Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple (to the right as one faces the road to the Floating Temple) – the All Chinese Surnames Jetty and the Yeoh Jetty. Will make a visit at another time.