Category: Architecture

George Town Street View: An Old Perm Parlour

Lai Kheng Perm Parlour at Keng Kwee Street, George Town.

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Victoria Street: Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Located along Victoria Street and built in 1878, Boon San Tong Khoo Kongsi is an ancestral clan temple for the Khoo clan people in Penang. It is one of the two Khoo clan temples in Penang and also the smaller and less popular one compared to the main Khoo Kongsi in Cannon Street, George Town.

Cannon Street View

Cannon Street, George Town.

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 lasting damages as a result from the riot.

George Town Street View: Acheen Mosque Minaret

A view of Cannon Street decorated with red lanterns during Chinese New Year, with the minaret of Acheen Street Mosque standing at the background in George Town.

George Town Street View: No. 4 Toh Aka Lane (Glove Puppet Maker)

Toh Aka Lane, George Town.

George Town Street View: No. 8 Toh Aka Lane

Toh Aka Lane, George Town.

Penang Perspective: The Jade Emperor Temple


The Jade Emperor Temple at Ayer Itam.

Today marks the 9th day of Chinese lunar new year, which is also a Chinese Hokkien celebration for giving thanks and gratitude to the Jade Emperor.
Legend has it that once upon a time, the Chinese Hokkien people from the Fujian province in China managed to hide (with the blessing from the Jade Emperor) from their enemies in a sugarcane farm on Chinese New Year Day for nine consecutive days. Henceforth, on every 9th day of the Chinese lunar new year, the Hokkiens marked the occasion by having a big celebration.

Penang Perspective: Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si temple lighted up at night during the Chinese New Year festive period.

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