George Town Street View: Hostel 100 Cintra Street

100 Cintra Street Mansion

Hostel 100 Cintra Street is an old 19th century pre-war mansion that used to have served as an inn in the old days and has since hosted various functions, including a departmental store, a museum and now a hostel. The blue-painted heritage building can be found at Cintra Street, George Town.

Penang Street Food: Ayer Itam Sisters’ Curry Mee Stall

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.

Sisters’ Curry Mee

The Nine Emperor Gods’ Temple

This old The Nine Emperor Gods Temple (a townhouse painted in yellow) is located at Cheong Fatt Tze Street, George Town.

Primarily observed by the local Chinese, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a 9-days Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. This year’s celebration will be ending on the 17th October. During a 9-days period, devotees will be observing a strict vegetarian diet.

“The festival is dedicated to the nine sons of Dou Mu, the Goddess of the North Star, who is believed to control the Books of Life and Death. Devotees believe the deities arrive through the waterway and processions are usually held from temples to the river or seashore as a symbolic gesture.”

Used Books Stores @ Chowrasta Market

Stores selling second hand or used books of various types and genres within Chowrasta Market. These stores were popular with locals as a place to buy used books at a bargain price and also to sell used books.