Located in Georgetown, the capital of Penang, Little India Penang is a definitely a must visit place. It is in the centre of Penang Heritage zone. It covers the area around 3 streets. They are Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Queen and Jalan Pasar. The moment you reach there, tamil and bollywood songs can be heard which is played by respective shops stereos. Along the streets, are traditional sweet oulets, designer saree’s stores,and there are multiple shops selling delicious Indian culisine which is affordable and tasty. There are roti canai, thosai, briyani rice, tandoori chicken, badam milk, Bombay halwa and many more. Furthermore, you can experience to taste the food on a banana leaf with your hand and no utensils.
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Positioned in George Town Penang is the primogenital Hindu temple in Malaysia, the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple . Built in 1833, the temple features sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and frontage. It is specifically located at Lebuh Queen, George Town. It is also known as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple. The temple is open daily from 6.30 am – 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm – 9.00 pm. It became a place of worship as early as 1801 and became a temple on 1833. It has stood at the same place for more than 200 years. The word Mariamman come from two words: “Mari” meaning “power” and “amman” meaning “mother”. Maha stands for great. So this Mahamariamman temple tells you, it houses the great powerful mother. And some Indians considers Sri Mariamman to be the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga. So to many locals, when asks which temple they are going, some simply said “Amman Temple”. It is a place to visit by locals and foreigners alike as it a beauty from the deep.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is situated 29, Church Street, Georgetown. The mansion is a paid homage to the Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, who was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese which is quite unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) .At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their lavish lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of extensive design and architecture. Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store which has once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home as a museum for tourist and the locals.
Relay for Life is an annual fund raising and awareness event held in Penang Youth Park since 2005. This event is done by National Cancer Society with the collaboration with Penang Hospice Home. It is a two day event and this year is from 14th(Sat) to 15th(Sun) June 2014. The event starts at 6pm on 14th June 2014 and ends 10am 15th June 2014. A lot of fun-filling games and activities will be held throughout both days. The stellar event of the relay is the Luminaria where participants will walk in the midnight with candle light and pray for a moment for the ones who have lost their fight against cancer. The registration fee is RM20 and the participant will receive a Relay 10th anniversary purple t-shirt , Relay For Life Penang 2014 pamphlet ,Key Messages about cancer pamphlet and a super-cool bookmark to Fight Cancer Together. For more details…please visit http://relayforlif.org.my/.
Occupy Beach Street Carnival is another initiative by the state government to bring back the glory of the past and enliven the heritage along Beach Street. The street is closed to motorist every Sunday. Lots of activities are held throughout the Sunday morning. Bring and tag along friends and families to enjoy and participate in activities such as cycling, henna painting, chinese caligrapghy, street games, traditional games, street floorball, floor grafitti, street performances and more. There’s also food and souvenir stalls setup for you to quench your thirst, bite some snacks and grab a souvenir back.
New attraction was made lately in the inner George Town with various attractive wall paintings and street art, thanks to the effort and creativity of a Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic and few other artists. These art have made the cracked pale looking wall of those pre-war building into a professional drawing canvas and attracted many onlookers and tourists. Among them are “Little Girl in Blue” Mural at Muntri Street, “Little Children on a Bicycle” Mural at Armenian Street, “Boy on a Bike” Mural at Ah Quee Street, “Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur” Mural at Ah Quee Street, “Reaching Up” Mural at Cannon Street, “Bruce Lee in action”, “Cat and mouse”, “Uncle Auntie having a good laugh”, “Children playing basketball”, “Children on a swing”, “Chinese opera performer” and more. Newly added attraction was the Despicable Me minion character painted on a bollard at a lane off Armenian street.
To see more of street art and wall paintings, check out the following map below.