Like every Chinese or Lunar New Year, the famous Kek Lok Si temple complex will be lighted up during the nights of the festive period in Penang. Throngs of visitors will be going up the hill temple to marvel at the display of the lights.
A view of George Town city from the Ayer Itam Dam atop the hills of Penang.
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.
The most famous curry mee stall in Penang is arguably the Sisters’ Curry Mee Stall at Ayer Itam town. Located just across the road from the Ayer Itam market, the two elderly sisters who operate the stall have been in the business since 1940s (sometimes dubbed as Penang’s living heritage). Their curry mee’s chili paste is homemade using their own secret recipe and in this sense, is unique from the other usual curry mee. They operate the stall daily (except Tuesday), from 7:30am till 1:00pm.
One of the few iconic places in Penang is the hilltop temple known as Kek Lok Si, which means “Heavenly Temple” or “Temple of Supreme Bliss”.
A street art mural found at Ayer Itam town.