Ren i Tang is the result of a 2-year long restoration project on a 19th century Early Straits Eclectic Styled Building located within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site Core Zone, Penang Island: Malaysia.
The name "Ren i Tang" is the phonetic spelling in Mandarin of South East Asia’s oldest Chinese Medical Hall Wholesaler, Yin Oi Tong which is translated as The Hall of Benevolence.
Yin Oi Tong was established in 1796 by Koo Suk Chuan , who arrived in Penang 10 years after Captain Francis Light founded the British Colony. He quickly established his business as an herbalist in a small shop on Pitt Street.
In 1885, the Koo family moved their growing business into a larger premise on Penang Street . Named Yin Oi Tong Chinese Medical Hall, the Koo family continued trading here until the family's decision to reliquish their position in the company to their staff in the 1980's. However, Yin Oi Tong Medical Hall carried on until 2009 when a decision was made to move to a smaller premis. Despite having moved away, it's reputation and influence precedes it and still resonates through the walls of the building that housed it for 124 years.
Located at the junction of China Street and Penang Street, the building now hosts a variety of activities ie upper floors : Ren i Tang (heritage inn) ; ground floor : Tang (bistro) and The Yin Oi Tong Chinese Medical Hall Museum.