Friday, 26 February 2010

Kwa Chooi Seng

Kwa Chooi Seng
Kwa Chooi Seng was born in Penang. He was the eldest son of Kwa Soo. Kwa Soo was a merchant in Penang, where he came to Taiping in 1877 and commenced in tin mining and smelting business. Kwa Chooi Seng was one of the heads of the Hokkien community in Taiping and the owner of the large tin mines and lands in the Larut district.

He owned a loaded property in several towns in Perak and other Malay States. Kwa Chooi Seng and his two brothers, Kwa Chooi Kim and Kwa Chin Chuan were proprietors of a 200 acres rubber estate in Kamunting, Taiping. In 1914, the Kwa brothers generously donated a piece of land nearby the Taiping Hospital to the Penang missionaries for building a Christian school, known as St. George's Institution in the town.

Kwa Chooi Seng had two sons and one daughter and was married twice. The Kwa brothers were buried at the Hokkien Cemetery, Taiping, Perak. Began with Kwa Chooi Seng's son Quah Chye Soon, the family has changed the surname from Kwa to Quah.

Kwa Chooi Kim was married three times, he decided to settle in Penang after the demise of his father Kwa Soo. Kwa Chooi Kim was a supporter of Kuomintang movements in China. He had offered Dr Sun Yat Sen, a Chinese revolutionist a house in Taiping, when Dr Sun was in the town.

Kwa Chor Su
Kwa Soo or also known as Kwa Chor Su was born in China. He migrated first to Phuket, Thailand. Kwa Soo married a Siamese wife and commenced his tin mine business there. He then moved to Penang in 1850s and later to Taiping in 1877, where he married second time there. Kwa Soo also involved in the Larut Wars, and partnered with Chung Keng Kwee. Kwa Soo was famed for his generosity in funding the welfare of Buddhist temples in Phuket and Taiping. The Siamese temple in Taiping was built on the land donated by him.


  1. Hi,
    I am trying to trace my ancestral roots.My great grandfather was born in Malacca Yap Loong Kee .My other great grandfather a Khoo Hock Cheong came to Penang and eventually we lived in a house next to Bok House.I wonder if you have come across them and if possible let me know any information on them.I have the Biographical Dictionary of the Chinese in Malaysia but as to which village in China they came from,is not stated.I would be happy to share information and photos if you are interested.Hope to hear from you.Thank you very much,please email me at

  2. i would like to know frm where you know kwa soo donated a land to build a siamese temple in you hv any evidence? pls email your reply to urgent! tq!

  3. pls let me know from where you get the info kwa soo donated land to build a siamese temple in u hv the evidence. pls email me at tq! urgent!