There has been various forms of recreation clubs in Penang since the 19th century. In the earliest days, recreation clubs were exclusive for the Europeans. Later on, as the local Chinese population acquired affluence, they began to found their own recreation clubs, to provide for themselves venues for their own recreation, as they were still barred entry to the European-only clubs. This is no longer the case today, and all recreation clubs are open to those who have the means to gain entry.
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