PENANG 槟城   .   CARPENTERS GUILD

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The Carpenter's Guild is one of the oldest trades association in Penang. It was established by carpenters and brick layers who were mostly Cantonese of the Sing Leng sub-dialect group and dedicated to the patron saint of the Cantonese tradesmen, Lo Pan, literally "North Duke", and was called Lo Pan Hang. Despite the English translation of the name as "carpenter's" guild, the association actually encompass all types of craftsmen.

The Carpenter's Guild was founded in 1850. Its original premises was at 5 Lebuh Penang. This is the starting point for craftsmen and builders - to be noted, mostly Cantonese - who arrived in Malaysia, whether to live here permanently, or on a limited-time contract, as artisans for temples and clan houses.

The guildhouse has quarters for contractors, who go out to look for contracts, and the craftsmen, who execute the jobs. As those who brought in the business are considered to have the "tougher" job, they were rewarded with better living quarters, on the front part of the guildhouse. The craftsmen, who comprised the masters and their apprentices, had to make do with the more crowded apartments in the back. Crafts are handed down from masters to apprentices, and a novice wanting to become a craftsman had to undergo a three-year apprenticeship, during which time he is only paid with meals and board.

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