Month: February 2018

The Jade Emperor Temple

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The Jade Emperor Temple at the foot of Penang Hill.

During the ninth day of the Chinese New Year, Chinese Hokkien people will be celebrating the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day is also known as the Hokkien people’s new year, and has its origin back during the Song Dynasty where Chinese Hokkien refugees were saved from being caught and killed by the Mongols on the same day of the Jade Emperor’s birthday. Hence, as gratitude and believing that the Jade Emperor had saved them, the Hokkien people soon marked this day as an important festival to be celebrated.

Most Chinese in Penang are Hokkiens, so this day is usually celebrated more widely (and ‘loudly’) here than the first day of Chinese New Year.

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual event held in Penang, and this year marks the 4th time the festival is held. The festival usually features participation of hot air balloons from various places, including local and international.

The festival is currently being held at Padang Polo for 2 days, 24th and 25th February, from 7am to 9:30pm.

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The Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, attending and officiated the festival.

George Town Street View: Chinese New Year Night Street

Lanterns decorating the Kapitan Keling Mosque Street during Chinese New Year festive period in George Town.

Butterworth Street Art: Art Walk Alley Part 2

Various murals and artworks painted by local artists which depict the old days of Butterworth, where local sea trade and fishery economy are the history of the area. This art alley can be found just across the street from the first Butterworth Art Alley.

Butterworth Street Art: A Kavadi Bearer

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An old art work featuring a Kavadi bearer located nearby the Indian temple, Sree Maha Mariamman Temple, in Butterworth.

Butterworth Street Art: The Old Jetty Street Art (Mural Warisan)

A new addition to the heritage of Butterworth, this large mural is painted by local artists (Zart Zaini and Kasturi Studio) featuring the old Butterworth. Titled “Mural Warisan”, it showcases the original scene of the old shophouses that existed in the 1950s before the current high rise building was built.

The area was used to be an empty land that traders gathered for goods coming from the nearby old jetty. This art work can be found at Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth.

Penang Street Art: A Hidden Art Alley

A series of murals painted on the wall of a small hidden alley in George Town.

These art works can be found at a hidden alley that exits to Tye Kee Yoon Road, which is off Brick Kiln Road in George Town.

Penang Street Art: The Graffiti Art Alley

An alley filled with graffiti art works, which is located at Brick Kiln Road (or also known as Gurdwara Road) in George Town.

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