Mahjong set

Gambling in Broome

The click-clack of Chinese mahjong tiles, laced with the murmur and exclamations of Chinese language, were common sounds in Broome’s pearling heyday, as gamblers crowded around small wooden tables in Chinatown’s gambling houses to hone their skills and try their luck. With winds, dragons, flowers and seasons, players would vie for pongs, kongs and chows, staying for hours during the lay-up times to gamble in this fast-moving game. Each Saturday morning, a group of locals continue to gather to play with Hong in the family’s Sung Ming Restaurant.

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Yu Family Historical Display

Hidden treasure

A hidden treasure in the heart of Broome's Chinatown, the Yu Family Historical Display can be found housed in the upstairs rooms that sit over their Sung Ming restaurant in what Broome locals used to...


14 Carnarvon Street
Broome WA 6725

Open Hours

Accessible by calling 08 9192 2192 or during restaurant lunch hours

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