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Balik Pulau View: Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

The colonial era Church of the Holy Name of Jesus at Balik Pulau.

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Penang Street Art (Local Leaders)

A wall mural painted in 2018 at the Balik Pulau branch office of local political party PKR, depicting the political figures Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad.

Penang Street Art (Balik Pulau’s The Keeper)

A large art mural depicting an egret (or Bangau in Malay), this artwork was painted by local artist Acit Raman Abdullah in conjunction with the Balik Pulau Festival. The mural was named ‘The Keeper’ and painted after the name of the flat. It can be found at Taman Desa Genting flats in Balik Pulau.

Penang Street Art (Balik Pulau Nutmeg and Durian Murals)

Part of the Balik Pulau Festival, these murals depicts the two most popular and commonly found fruits in Balik Pulau; the nutmeg and the durian. These murals were painted by local artist Nash Arts. These murals can be found at the Tingkat Seri Genting flats.

Balik Pulau Town Center Revisited

It was found that the old agricultural town of Balik Pulau was established in the 1790s by the British East India Company. Located at the southwest of Penang Island, Balik Pulau is a Malay name which refers to ‘the back of the island’ in Malay. The town was so named due to its location situated at the western side of the Penang Island, separated from George Town by the island’s central hills. The British East India Company at that time established the first clove and nutmeg plantations in the area, hoping to turn Penang island as the center for spice production in Southeast Asia and competing against the Dutch monopoly of the spice trade during that period.

Penang Street Art (Balik Pulau Bread Man Mural)

A large art mural depicting a popular local bread seller in Balik Pulau town. According to local artist Andhar A. Samah who created the mural with several others, the bread seller known as Uncle Muniandi (or “Uncle Roti”) is a legend in Balik Pulau who is recognized by everyone there regardless of race. The mural was also created in conjunction with the Balik Pulau Festival.

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