A trip to Malaysia is almost certainly incomplete without a night market experience, even more so in Penang. More
Lion Dance teams from different parts of the world will be coming to Penang in August to compete with each other in this adrenaline pumping International Lion Dance on Stilts Competition. More
Here is Penang, we are never short of both traditional and new celebrations and festivals. We will jump at any change to celebrate, so when the Consulate-General of Japan wishes to host an annual festival here in our very own ‘backyard’ we made this a memorable event for everyone with our friends in the land of the rising sun. More
Penang is proud of its cultural heritage as much as its religious festivals and celebrations. St. Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam is a fine example of how both the culture and religion play an important role in ensuring this age old tradition continues to be a part of our lives. More
Penang is proud of its status as a World Heritage Site and in celebration of this prestigious status, has made the 7th of July the George Town World Heritage Day. Take in all that the city has to offer. Join other locals and visitors in appreciate of our culture, buildings, heritage, history and more. More
Great Al Jazeera Program on Penang, the life, the culture, the heritage and ultimately, the food by Veronica Pedrosa.
First aired in June 10, 2008, this is part 1 of 2 videos available to share on YouTube. We hope you will enjoy this as much as we do.
Penang is number 8 in the “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die”
The Article by Gary McKechnie, “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die” puts Penang on number 8 of the list of must visit island in this lifetime.
According to Gary, Penang is the top destination in Malaysia for Food, Culture and Heritage.
For food, there was mention of Lor Bak (deep fried marinated minced pork), Lok Lok (skewered seafood, meats and vegetables) and Ikan Bakar (grilled or barbecued fish marinated in spices and coconut milk, wrapped inside banana leaves and grilled over hot coals).
There is no short of culture either with the fusion of Malay, Chinese, India and European cultures intertwined to form the Malaysian culture with many festivals celebrated by all.
On heritage, Penang and Georgetown were singled out, having received the recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site with its local architecture influenced by the early Chinese, the Indians, the Malays and the British colonialist in the past that coexisted until today.
To get a glimpse of what Penang has to offer, the State produced a video clip looking at some of the festivals and cultural celebrations in Penang.
The video included interviews and viewpoints from visitors to the Island, and no surprise there, food, the weather, beaches, shopping, heritage and culture top the favourites list.
Watch the video below:
Read Gary McKechnie’s articles here
- 10 Islands to See Before You Die on budgettravel.com
- 10 Islands to Explore Before You Die on Yahoo! Travel
- 10 Islands to See Before You Die on CNN Travel
If you live in Penang, what would you recommend to visitors as the top experience on the island?
It’s your turn to tell us more about this mural in Penang… and here it is based on feedback from our readers.
What is it about?
This is another of Ernest Zacharevic’s work, a mural of a little girl in blue. The mural depicts a little girl in bright blue dress, balancing herself between two windows shades. The mural was commissioned as part of the George Town Festival 2012 celebration and completed in July 2012.
Where is it located?
The mural is located at Muntri Street on the side of a shop house that faces the compound of the Penang Goldsmith Association or the Penang Ta Kam Hong. Due to its sheer size, you can’t really miss it.
What is the girl doing?
According to sources, the little girl portrayed here was in fact a real girl pushing herself up between two desks. There have been numerous photos of her in person in the local papers. Her pose was choreographed for a photo shoot and scaled to the size it is on the mural taking into account the width of the windows and distance between the windows.
Once again the creative and artistic credit goes to Ernest for making this another successful mural and for Penang, a more colourful and vibrant place to live, work and visit.
Photo Credit: Kui Seong Tang
Chew Jetty, one of the many waterfront settlements in the north east of the Island located next to the Ferry link between the island and Butterworth on the mainland has had a makeover.
Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian born street artists was commissioned to work on yet another master mural as part of the George Town Festival 2012.
The mural depicting a boy and girl on a boat was painted on the side of a wooden stilt house in the area.
If you are on a trail to discover the heritage city of George Town, don’t miss the opportunity of visiting Chew Jetty to witness the mural for yourself.
Other murals from the same artist can be found at Cannon Street (Lebuh Cannon) near Khoo Kongsi and Masjid Jamek and on Ah Quee Street (Lebuh Quee).
“Chew Jetty is the new street art canvas”
Thanks to our friend, here is a collection of photographs of his work at the Chew Jetty.
Photo Credit: Kui Seong Tang
For those who missed the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2012 last weekend at the Teluk Bahang Dam, here is a collection of photographs of the event. Many thanks to our friend, Kui Seong for allowing us to use these excellent photographs on penangseaview.com.
Some 14 international teams from all over the work took part in this year’s festival and I am sure those who were there can tell you how much excitement and thrill was felt all through the three days.
- Gearing up for the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2012
- Photos from the Dragon Boat Festival 2011
Photo Credit: Kui Seong, Tang