The Straits Eclectic is an architectural style with heavy influence from the The Peranakan Cina, or also known as the Straits Chinese. This architectural style was very popular in the early 20th century in Penang and most town houses in George Town employed such style. This style also incorporated some Western architectural styles and normally includes plaster renderings of floral art and mythical figures on the facade of the building.
An evening glimpse of Bangkok Lane.
One of the old townhouses found here was named Argus House which also houses the production of first independent newspaper in Penang. The street is named after this.
On 26 September, The Alliance Française de Penang in George Town unveiled its 20 meter art mural called Paris/Penang which features major landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower, Penang Hill, etc) in Paris and Penang that were then linked together via the Penang Bridge. The art work was created by local artist Elan Hasyim and it was painted in a way to portray the relations between the two cities.
This large mural can be found on the wall of the building of The Alliance Française de Penang, which is located at Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, George Town. The Alliance Française de Penang is a unique association and a language center in Penang that aims to promote both French language and culture all around the world.
Note: Special thanks to Marine of Alliance Française de Penang for the event’s invitation.
A large art mural which depicts a man resting on a hammock which can be found on the wall of a green shophouse located in Macalister Lane, George Town.
Seck Chuan Lane (or Lorong SeckChuan) is a small road that mainly links up Buckingham Street and Chulia Street. It also has a smaller lane that leads out to Carnarvon Street. The street was apparently named after a local by the name of Khoo Seck Chuan, who owned lands in George Town, Penang during the 19th century.
There is a steel rod art sculpture located along this street (the end near Chulia Street).
Cecil Street Market is one of the popular markets within the center of George Town city, especially during the morning period. Apart from that, it also houses a large hawker center which has a variety of local food stalls.
Some scenes from the market:
China Street (or Lebuh China), is one of the main and oldest streets within the heritage area of George Town. The street was predominantly populated by Chinese settlers during the late 1700s and it runs from Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling to Beach Street as well as crosses a few other streets in the area.
The Kuan Yin temple of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street) can be seen facing this road directly.