The Chew Jetty is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers Penang and Melaka, and it is in brief a collection of stilt houses. It was first built more than 100 years ago as a clan jetty for Chinese immigrants to the area, meaning people with the surname Chew who moved to Penang would live there. There are only a few of the clan jetties left, and this one is set up for tourist visits.
There are now about 75 houses along the jetty, and a ‘ferry’ terminal at the end for trips to other areas and the mainland. People really live here, but it is very commercial and the majority of house fronts have been converted into shops of some sort – there is even a grocery store.
At the start of the jetty, there is a small ornate temple which is worth a look. I quite liked it here, even though it was mainly shops, and I was grateful for the chance to try a couple of local frozen treats (sour plum freeze pop and grapes frozen in orange juice) as it was a very hot day.
I’ve been in water village houses before, so it’s not such a novel concept to me, but I think it is still a nice place to spend time, especially if you haven’t seen this before.
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