A Visit to the Penang Clan Jetties: BOLT Adventures in Serendipity

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View From the Chew Clan Jetty

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Serendipity : how BOLT flows.

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Mixed Clan Jetty

Chinese New Years Eve in George Town,  Malaysia provided us with lots of options for things to see and do.  One of the gifts of unplanned, serendipitous travel is the ability to make last minute choices about where to go and what to do.  A chance conversation with our hotel desk clerk led us to choose the Penang Clan Jetties for our first New Years Eve in Aisa.

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Clan Jetty Heritage House

The Clan Jetties were no where on the long list of things for visitors to do on New Years Eve. The jetties are actually waterfront villages, built over a century ago, by the various Chinese clans who settled on the island. They feature beautiful stilt houses that are accessible by long, narrow walkways. The jetties are still home to many of the Chinese – Malay population of Penang.

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Beautiful Plants at a home on Chew Clan Jetty

The jetties were all but deserted of tourists on New Years Eve. Penang’s very large ethnic  Chinese population spends the evening in homes surrounded by family and friends. We saw jetty families preparing for and eating their meals. Everyone was friendly and welcoming but we were very mindful that we were walking in an actual neighborhood,  not a tourist attraction.

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Lee Clan Jetty was all lit up for the New Year!
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Chew Clan Jetty Walkway
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This little fellow was ready for the New Year too, Lee Clan Jetty

A great benefit of serendipitous travel is never knowing what you will find.  Sometimes the best things are found when you get lost. As we wandered along the walkways, admiring the stilt house, not really knowing where we were,  a jetty resident came out of his home. He most kindly guided us to one of the most beautiful temples I have ever visited! Enjoy the pictures I took, never finding out the name of the temple (everything was in Chinese).

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Leaving the clan jetties, we enjoyed a stroll amidst the New Years Eve excitement on the streets of George Town. Truly a beautiful evening of serendipity!

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Kwan Yin Temple, on our way home.
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Esplanade Park was crowded with families celebrating.
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Esplanade Walkway was decorated with these hand painted balloon lanterns.
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Everyone enjoyed the light displays at Esplanade Park.
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Happy Lunar New Year from BOLT!
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