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Penang13 - Cannon Square

Penang13 - Cannon Square

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CANNON SQUARE
Cannon Square is an area clan of Khoo, it surrounded by houses, administrativebuilding, and an opera stage and clan temple of the family. The clan that is stay in this square isKhoo Kongsi. The Khoo family began to emigrate from Hokkien province (China) in the 16thcentury. In the 17th and 18th century they became one of the wealthiest families in bothMalacca and Penang.Figure 13: Area of Cannon Square in red circle above.
Source: http://www2.malaysia-trulyasia.com (2008)
The clan complex was built in the 19th century and burned down after it was struck bylightning at the end of the century. The temple was replaced by a smaller construction becauseit was thought that the fire was provoked by the gods due to the resemblance of the complex to
 
the emperor's palace. In this period the family was at the height its wealth and power. The mostmagnificent structure and the significant in this complex is definitely the beautiful Khoo clanfamily temple, Leong San Tong, located right on Cannon Square. It is a Chinese style templewith wonderful wood carvings painted in bright colours, an ornamental roof, statues of deitiesand heroes and even plaques commemorating honourable members of the clan. Across thesquare is an ornate Chinese opera stage, still used today at Chinese New Year and other festivities.Figure14:The houses and clan temple of the family in Cannon Square
Source : Field Study (2008)
Figure15:The architecture value can seen especially on roof and ceiling in theclan temple. 
Source : Field Study (2008)

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