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Eu Yan Sang outlets in Penang

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Eu Yan Sang, Chulia Street, Penang (15 September 2012)

Eu Yan Sang is the most popular chain of Chinese Medical Halls in Penang. It has (as of Sept 2012) ten outlets all over the state, in both the island and the mainland. Listed below are all the Eu Yan Sang outlets. In addition, I delve a bit into the history of this company, having visited various historic sites associated with it.

George Town
156 Chulia Street
10200 Penang
Phone: 04-261 0764
Operating Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Eu Yan Sang, George Town (26 January, 2005)

Afternoon shot of Eu Yan Sang Building (14 March, 2004)

Eu Yan Sang, Chulia StreetEu Yan Sang, Chulia Street (25 January, 2013)

Gurney Plaza
Unit 170-B1-16 Gurney Plaza
170 Gurney Drive
10250 Penang
Phone: 04-226 8482
Operating Hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Tesco Penang
Lots 1-2-18, 19, 20 & 21, Tesco Penang
Lebuh Tengku Kudin 1
11700 Gelugor, Penang
Phone: 04-659 5980
Operating Hours: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm (Mon-Sun)

Tesco Tanjung Pinang
F8 First Floor, Tanjung Pinang Mall
1 Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
10470 Tanjong Tokong, Penang
Operating Hours: 9:30 am - 9:30 pm (Mon-Sun)

Queensbay Mall
Lower Ground Floor, Queensbay Mall
Persiaran Bayan Indah
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Phone: 04-644 5698
Operating Hours: 10:30 am - 11:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Sunshine Farlim
G-11 Ground Floor, Sunshine Farlim
294 Thean Teik Road
11500 Ayer Itam, Penang
Phone: 04-826 1464
Operating Hours: 12:00 noon - 10:30 pm (Mon-Fri), 10:00 am - 10:30 pm (Sat-Sun)

Sunshine Square
NW-9 New Wing, Sunshine Square
1 Jalan Mayang Pasir
11950 Bayan Baru, Penang
Phone: 04-642 3854
Operating Hours: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm (Mon-Sun)

Farlim Business Centre
16F Ground Floor, Farlim Business Centre
Lebuhraya Thean Teik
11500 Ayer Itam, Penang
Phone: 04-828 8060
Operating Hours: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (Mon-Sun, closed Thu)

Eu Yan Sang Farlim (15 September 2012)

Jusco Seberang Prai City
Lot G71 Ground Floor, AEON Seberang Prai City
Jalan Perda Timur
14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang
Phone: 04-539 3188
Operating HoursL 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Sunway Carnival Mall
Lot LG-25 Lower Ground Floor
Sunway Carnival Mall
3068 Jalan Todak
13700 Seberang Jaya, Penang
Phone: 04-398 8168
Operating Hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Location of Eu Yan Sang Outlets in Penang

Eu Yan Sang outlets in Penang

How Eu Yan Sang began

The history of Eu Yan Sang goes back to the 1870s, to a very different time from the present. The landscape of 1870 was of a deeply forested Malaya that was in the midsts of being transformed into a vast expanse of tin mines. An influx of Chinese immigrants, mainly from the southern provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, came in to populate the newly established tin-mining towns of the Kinta Valley. Most arrived penniless, with only the clothes on their backs, to irk out a living in the tin mines as coolies.

It was a time without planes, trains or automobiles. There were no expressways linking the different towns, so most of the new towns sprouted off the banks of major rivers, such as the Perak River and the Klang River, where huge deposits of tin have been discovered.

Eu Yan Sang in Ipoh dates back to 1959 (19 August 2006)

If the coolie miners fell sick, there were no hospitals, clinics or dispensaries. Many succumbed to malaria, stress and injuries (from mining accidents as well as from the frequent clashes that erupted between mining groups). These destitute minings received no medical attention, and sought relief through opium.

It was then that a young immigrant by the name of Eu Kong appeared on the scene. As with the many single Chinese men who arrived during that time, Eu Kong stepped foot in Malaya to seek his fortune. Eu quickly saw the condition was ripe to set up a Chinese medicine hall where he could prescribe herbal remedies for the various ailments. This led to the opening in 1873 of the first Eu Yan Sang in Gopeng, Perak. The name translates roughly as "Eu's gift of benevolence" or as the company's tagline puts it, "Caring for Mankind".

The Malaysia Tourism Centre in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur was originally the villa belonging to Eu Tong Sen, from 1935 (20 July 2009)

By the time Eu Kong passed his business into the hands of his son, it has grown to include various other interest including mining. His only son, Eu Tong Sen, even eclipsed his father as one of the richest and most prominent man in early 20th century Malaya and Singapore. His villa in the Ampang district of Kuala Lumpur is today a historic building that houses the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC). Eu Tong Sen Street in Singapore is also named in honour of his contributions.

Meanwhile, Eu Yan Sang grows to become the biggest Chinese medical brand in the region, chalking up a revenue of S$289.9 million as of Financial Year 2012, with twelve consecutive years of record sales since 2000. Today Eu Yan Sang operates a chain of medical halls all over Malaysia as well as in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and China.

Eu Yan Sang International Corporate Office at 269A South Bridge Road, Singapore, from 1910 (10 July 2006)

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