The Whiteaways Arcade at Beach Street

The Whiteaways Arcade on Beach Street, George Town, is a historic colonial-style building dating back to 1903. Recently renovated into a bustling commercial center, it features an art gallery, exhibition spaces, trendy cafes, and diverse retail shops. Visit the Whiteaways Arcade to explore its unique blend of history and modernity, right in the heart of George Town.

The Penang Buddhist Association

Built in 1931, the Penang Buddhist Association is a prominent landmark situated on Anson Road in George Town. This historic building, showcasing the old Straits Eclectic style, serves as a vibrant hub for Buddhists in Penang, hosting a variety of religious and community events, including meditation sessions, Dharma talks, and cultural celebrations.

In addition to Wesak Day, the association attracts numerous visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year, when many come to offer prayers for the new year. The Penang Buddhist Association also plays a significant role in promoting Buddhist education and charity work, supporting various local initiatives and fostering a sense of community among its members. Its beautiful architecture and serene environment make it a must-visit destination for both devotees and tourists exploring Penang’s rich cultural heritage.

May 22nd is Wesak Day here.

George Town Street View: Kapitan Keling Mosque in the Evening

An evening view of the old Masjid Kapitan Keling (Kapitan Keling Mosque). Located at the Heritage zone of George Town, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is one of the oldest and famous landmarks in the island.

The mosque was built by the the head of the Indian Muslim community in Penang during the year 1800, and is located at along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street but was later renamed after the mosque). The historic mosque was also used previously as the state mosque of Penang. The name “kapitan keling” is used to denote the headman or leader of the South Indian Muslim community.

Light Street View: Esplanade Trees Decorations

The enchanting sight of brightly illuminated trees along Light Street at night. These trees are located along the walkway of Esplanade, on the opposite side of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Jalan Hutton (Hutton Lane) Street View: Hotel Penaga

Hotel Penaga is a heritage style boutique hotel, nestled in the heart of historic George Town, Penang, which offers a unique blend of heritage charm and contemporary luxury set within a cluster of beautifully restored Art Deco shophouses.

Penang Street Art (The Old Blacksmith)

A recent art mural painted by showcasing an old blacksmith at work, located at Lorong Toh Aka (Toh Aka Lane) in George Town. Toh Aka Lane is an old street used to be known as blacksmiths’ lane back in the old days of Penang.

The mural is a tribute to Chong Saik Pow, a famous blacksmith who had his workshop and origins at the lane. The art work was created by a local artist named Vincent Phang.

Penang’s Poh Hock Seah Tua Peh Kong Grand Procession 2024

This once every 12 years event, deeply entrenched in the island’s cultural heritage, pays homage to the revered deity Tua Peh Kong, known for bestowing prosperity and fortune. The event was cancelled during the supposed Year of Tiger in 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic reason, and was instead scheduled for this year. The last process was held in 2010, as shared in this post HERE.

As the procession weaves its way through the streets, adorned with colorful banners and intricate floats, the atmosphere is infused with the melodious rhythms of drums and the aromatic wafts of incense. Both locals and visitors eagerly gather to witness this captivating spectacle, which serves as a testament to Penang’s rich heritage and strong community bonds.

Tua Peh Kong, also known as Tua Pek Kong or Da Bo Gong, is a deity widely venerated in Chinese folk religion and Taoism. He is regarded as a god of prosperity, wealth, and protection. Tua Peh Kong is often depicted as a portly figure with a long beard, wearing traditional Chinese attire.

2024 Penang Chinese New Year Celebration (Miao Hui)

Penang’s Chinese New Year Celebration, known locally as Miao Hui, transforms the island into a lively tapestry of cultural delights and festive cheer. The streets come alive with vibrant decorations, captivating performances, and the tantalizing aromas of traditional delicacies. From colorful parades to mesmerizing lion and dragon dances, the atmosphere is electric as families and friends gather to welcome the Lunar New Year with joy and anticipation. It’s a time when old traditions blend seamlessly with modern celebrations, reflecting Penang’s rich heritage and spirit of unity. In every corner, the spirit of renewal and prosperity fills the air, making the Chinese New Year in Penang an unforgettable experience for all who partake in its festivities.