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.
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.
The Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, attending and officiated the festival.
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.
An old art work featuring a Kavadi bearer located nearby the Indian temple, Sree Maha Mariamman Temple, in Butterworth.
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.
The Straits of Malacca sea which separates the island and the mainland region of Penang.
Locally known as ‘Frog Hill’, this hidden abandoned quarry has attracted many to its scenic man-made lakes and reddish granite hills, combined with greenery from the surrounding overgrowth. The top of the hill provides a breathtaking views of the scenic landscapes around the area.
Frog Hill is located at an area covering Kampung Guar Petai and Kampung Guar Perahu in Tasek Gelugor, at the mainland side of Penang.
Note: The area itself is secluded and at times, quite empty. There is no maintained road (only muddy path), no street lamp and is deep inside the rural area, surrounded by palm oil plantation. Best to go in a group rather than alone, and there will be some minor hikes required to get to the top of the rocky hills.
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