Traditional medical halls are alive and well in Penang; dispensing a seemingly endless supply of Chinese herbs and remedies. Welcome to the 199th edition of Travel Photo Thursday (10/30/14). This week I am taking you on a virtual tour of Poh Aun Tong Medical Hall, located on Campbell Street in Penang’s Georgetown.
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Strolling along Campbell Street, taking in the sights, I was intrigued when I came across the Poh Aun Tong Medical Hall, and decided to wander in and have a quick peek.
The proprietor, Miss Chan Soo Sum, gave me a quick smile, and indicated that it was okay for me take photos and have a look around. I sat down quietly, and watched as she filled a prescription for her customer. From weighing the medicine to calculating the bill, everything was done using traditional equipment. There are no fancy machines or cash registers in Miss Chan’s shop.
Customers are treated like old friends in Miss Chan’s shop. She’s very meticulous in her preparation, and there is no rushing here. Wandering around the shop I found numerous newspaper clippings about her family. There were no sons to take over the family business, so she studied at the Institute of Chinese Physicians in Penang, and took over running the shop when her Dad retired. Considering her age, there probably weren’t too many females in her graduating class!
Just what is in all of these bottles?!
The traditional herbs have been weighed and packaged. Now it’s time to tally the bill.
View from the street…
Miss Chan looks incredibly good for her age. I’m not telling! I asked her what would happen to the business when she retires. Sadly, there is no one to take over from her, so perhaps it will close or be sold. Thankfully, I think it will be a long time before that happens!
If you find your energy flagging, the Doctor recommends a daily dose of ginseng. She produces her own handmade ginseng capsules, complete with organic ginseng. She sells a 30 day supply for an affordable $20(US).
Poh Aun Tong Medical Hall is open daily from 10am to noon, and 2pm to 7:30pm
125 Campbell Street, 10100 Penang, Malaysia
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