Day: September 11, 2015

The Hungry Ghost Festival

The Hungry Ghost Festival

The Hungry Ghost Festival

The Hungry Ghost Festival

The 8.3 meters tall effigy of the King of Hades (or Tai Su Yeah) where devotees offered prayers to, during the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar in conjunction with The Hungry Ghost month.

This giant effigy was placed under a shelter beside a temple at Market Street of Bukit Mertajam old town, for 15 days until the annual Bukit Mertajam Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival) celebration. The effigy will then be moved out to the street and burned on the festival day.

According to the Taoist belief, when the gates of hell open in the 7th lunar month, spirits would be freed to the living world while being watched by Tai Su Yeah. The Hungry Ghost Festival this year started from August 14 until September 12.

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Bukit Mertajam: Old Streets View

BM Danby Road
Street View of Market Street (Jalan Pasar) in Bukit Mertajam Town.

BM Danby Road
Street View of Danby Street (Jalan Danby) in Bukit Mertajam Town.

The Bukit Mertajam market is just located nearby these two streets.

Bukit Mertajam: An Old Town

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

Bukit Mertajam

The Bukit Mertajam town (normally called BM) is a small old town located near the foot of the very hill which it derived its name from. The town is located in Seberang Perai, the mainland side of Penang. The streetscape of the Bukit Mertajam town is similar with George Town’s heritage area, with pre-war style shophouses lining up along its streets.

Nearby attractions in Bukit Mertajam area include the St Anne Cathedral and the Berapit Siamese Hill Temple.

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