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
The year 2013 is drawing to a close and it is time once again to draw up your new ‘bucket list’ for 2014.
Check out this video featuring once again, Penang for its FOOD. Always great to be recognised for something that fills your stomach and makes you feel good. Here is one to foodies all over the world – Eat Your Heart Out OR not, just come down to Penang, the Food Paradise. 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 in Motion 2 by FwuKai Quah
(original dimensions 1280 x 720, embed dimensions 978 x 550)
A clever way to appreciate the city and its natural landscape, FwuKai Quah a proud Penangnite has captured a series of time lapsed videos and stitched this together to create a nearly three minute long motion picture in high definition.
The video featured some of the popular tourist destinations, city scape, natural landscapes and skyline with clever use of time lapsed photography and dynamic staging for panning.
Combined with great sound tracks, the full screen video is definitely worth a look. We hope you 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