Month: October 2012

Penang Portrait XII


Acheen Streetscape, George Town Heritage Zone

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Cannon Street Houses

The name Cannon Street had its origin from the cannons that were fired during the Penang Riots in 1867. The riot was the result of a secret society dispute when the alliance of Tua Pek Kong Hoey (Kean Teik Tong) and the Red Flag Gang fought against the alliance of the Ghee Hin Kongsi and the White Flag Gang for ten days in George Town. It was said that some of the houses still have bullet holes as a result from the riot.

According to some sources, Cannon Street (Tua Cheng Hang) originated from this event with two versions of the story. One report said that in order to suppress the riots, the colonial government fired cannons at the territory of the Tua Pek Kong Hoey and created a big hole on the street; so people called the street Big Cannon Hole (Tua Cheng Khang). Later, as the hole was levelled up, it was renamed Cannon Street (Tua Cheng Hang). Another story said that the Tua Pek Kong Hoey placed cannons on the street to resist the enemy and thus it was called Cannon Street.

Penang Isle: Cannon Square

The Cannon Square is a small area in George Town which houses the Khoo Kongsi and its surrounding clan buildings. The entrance of the Cannon Square and the Khoo Kongsi is located at Cannon Street.

Penang Street Art (Five Foot Way)

Steel rod sculptures along Stewart Lane, George Town.
According to the sculptures, the five foot way was said to be the narrowest in the island.

Balik Pulau Village Mosque


Passing by a mosque at one of the many small villages in Balik Pulau.

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