As an important part of the Chinese community, the surviving clan jetties have a distinctive identity and constitute Penang’s waterfront society. These simple dwellings offer a glimpse into a community that boasts a unique social fabric. Today, it is a popular heritage attraction.
This bright red temple houses Mazu (Taoist Goddess of the sea), who’s believed to be a protector of fishermen and sailors.
The charred remains of one of the homes at Chew Jetty left as a constant reminder as to how big a threat fire can be to the fragile community of the clan jetties.
Power lines and telephone cables zigzag above zinc-roofed homes to provide power and connectivity to the neighbourhood.
A few potted plants add life and colour to the patio of the wooden houses built on stilts along the jetties of Weld Quay.
Beyond the narrow alleyways that separate the residents' homes is a wooden pier at dusk, where fishing boats are moored. These boats double up as fishing boats and cargo moores.