A kongsi is a Chinese social organization among people of common descent. The famous Chinese clan house in George Town is Khoo Kongsi located in Cannon Square. It was founded during the 17th century by immigrants from the Fujian province in China. As they grew into wealthy traders within Penang, the Leong San Tong clan became a tight-knit community with their own government. Their first temple was built in 1851. After Khoo Kongsi was destroyed by fire, this replacement was finished in 1906. Guarding the temple entrance at the top of the grand staircase is a pair of green stone lions. Also notice the elegant round stone windows with intricate carvings.