If you are visiting Georgetown for the first time, you must not miss to enjoy the ride in one of the reliable Trishaws. Do not bother to decide where to go. Just get into it. Let the owner of the Trishaw decide the destination and if your luck favours, you can reach at the spot of one of the most floating villages in Malaysia.
Being located at the outskirts of Chinatown, along Pengkalan Weld, Chew Jetty, or Seh Chew Keo, is known to be one of the biggest waterfront settlements in George Town. A 10 minutes walk from Komtar will lead you here to this amazing village.
The entire village is set on stilts above the water where Chinese clans live. These are popularly known as clan jetty. In the 19th century a huge numbers of Chinese immigrants came to Malaysia. So, for providing them with sufficient dwelling place, and to widen their scope of earning these wonderful clans were set.
The village was set in the middle of the 19th Century. The last community jetties, Chap Seh Keo and the Peng Aun were founded in the 1960s. There is one thing very much common among these jetties. Each of the clan jetties houses at least a small shrine to honor the sea deities. Every year an annual festival is organized to worship its Temple Deity and the Jade Emperor (Thnee Kong).
The small villages yet carry the old traditions and habits. Candles are lit outside the door to the entire prayer temples inside the house. There are six villages in total and each of them houses one particular clan. Every village of the jetty has got their own temple. The houses are constructed with a special type of wood, which resist the houses from being hampered by the influences of the seawater.
Fishing is the primary source of earning livelihood of the villagers of this jetty. But, from last few years, they are rushing towards the town to lead a better life. Tourists can come here freely to wander about the wooden piers. To enjoy the best view of the jetty, reach here in the early morning, i.e., by around 7a.m. The natural outlook of the jetty is pretty cool and calm. You can witness the activities of Chinese people including their morning worship. Chinese people wake up early and start their morning ritual. Have a glimpse of it. Enjoy witnessing their cooking style as well.