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Detail of Lotus flower opening into a red vase at Yap Kongsi (Chinese) Temple.

In Buddhism the lotus stands for innocence and purity since the flower rises from pond and river mud in the same way as Buddha himself, who was born from the earth but rose above. The lotus can signify Buddha directly, or his appearance, as it is said that pink lotus flowers bloomed everywhere he stepped.

Yap Kongsi also known as Choo Chay Keong, is a clan association of Hokkien Chinese in Penang. It is smaller than the other Kongsi's but the exterior design and rooftop details are very intricate. Located at Armenian Street, it is next to the Yap Taoist temple within the George Town Heritage Enclave.

George Town Heritage Enclave is a section of George Town that was marked out as the cultural and heritage precinct of the city. This was done at the turn of the 21st century, during the period when George Town and Melaka were still in the nomination and tentative stages of being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Penang Heritage Enclave comprises the area bounded by Armenian Street, Cannon Street and Acheen Street. Some times, Pitt Street and a section of Chulia Street all the way till the Nagore Durgha Shrine is included.
Bordering the George Town Heritage Enclave are Little India to the east, the Chinese Trades Neighbourhood to the south and New Chinatown to the north. There are overlaps between different neighbourhoods.

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