Friday, February 14, 2014

Street View - Penang

Now how can I wrap up Penang without actually reliving the streets of Penang. More importantly; the quirky art on the walls. The century old buildings still standing as a mute witnesses to things gone by; a revolution, change of hands and yet they are standing.

The age old Chinese temples; rich with wood carvings and paintings. The family homes now converted as museums; showcasing the life of the entire clan of migrant Chinese. Now no one knows where they are and what they do.

I often think that take only memories, leave only memories. But if not for what those folks then built or stored; how would we know how they lived? Those mother of pearl couches, those rich silk shirts, the intricately beaded slippers, those jade cups and saucers and the blue potteries...

Here are the street arts that I so fell in love with. These are installed at various prominent streets by the Corporation. They explain the reason behind the names of the streets and why the street was famous was in a humorous way with cartoons. I thought it was so novel and definitely caught the attention. I could instantly get the what was happening in the streets during the early 1900s and why the name thus. Love Lane, Panggalli street, Chulia Streets, Murti street...

 A collage of all the pics I clicked.


Han Jiang Ancestral Temple was a piece of art. The temple was very calm and just beside where we stayed.


The Khoo Kangsi Clan house


And more....


And of course I tried to peep in or kick a ball.....


16 comments:

  1. Have been to Malaysia (more like a stopover) and saw few places. But I had no idea it had so much to offer. Nice pictures and thanks for the virtual tour.

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    1. Yeah its a hidden treasure. Most of us treat it as a transit. Malaysia has lots to experience in reality

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  2. Streets in Penang are always a pleasant experience.

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  3. I have just seen an arial view of Malayasia .. you have explored so much. Another wonderful post on your travel.

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    1. Rajlakshmi,

      Thank you. Yeah and I havent even touched the eastern part of Malaysia - Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia is good

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  4. Loved the way you have come up with 'people art' there.Cute post.Coincidental may be,as I am wrapping up a dream course,I have to come down Penang for the practical sessions now.

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    1. Melange,

      Thank you :-) Glad you liked them. Wow! I am sure you will enjoy Penang. If possible, take a day or two and explore Georgetown

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  5. Such nice description Bindu. Fell totally in love with the place. Nice virtual tour.

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  6. Some of the murals are really good.

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  7. Penang is one place I yearn to visit:)

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    1. :-) You wont regret it when you visit

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  8. Lovely.Its a lovely place and what I like about it is that are not changing the character of the city.

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    1. Chowla sir yeah; these things only seems to enhance the character as you rightly pointed out

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