Various murals created by street artist Thomas Powell at a ruined and abandoned building in the old town of Butterworth, Penang. This art works depict the local history and culture of Butterworth, which was once a fisherman’s village.
A large mural painted on the back wall of an old shop at Butterworth’s old town, featuring a man sitting above the sea with a fishing rod. This art work showcases the origin of the area whereby it was a fishing village and jetty that later thrived into a busy trading port. This mural is part of the series of works of the Butterworth Street Art Alley.
Yet another wall art mural depicting an old vintage Malaya-Penang stamp, which can be located at the Butterworth Street Art Alley.
An art mural of an old Malaya stamp of 20 cents painted at the wall of a shop in Butterworth’s old town. This art work is part of a series of murals painted to depict the history and origin of the Butterworth town.
A mural painted at one of the shophouses at the old town of Butterworth, requesting people not to pollute the oceans. This art work is part of the series of murals painted along the Butterworth Street Art Alley.
An old man cycling past a large mural of a ship at an alley in the old town of Butterworth. The Butterworth’s old town area on the mainland side of Penang used to be a bustling trading port that had its origin from a small fishing village.
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.