An art sculpture depicting an Indian selling “nyonya kuih ” on the street. This was a common sight back in the old days whereby nyonya kuih sellers (most of them are Indians) would be either cycling or walking around the town selling the local delicacies.
Chulia Lane is a small street in George Town that runs from Stewart Lane to Chulia Street. In the old days, the street was known as “17 Houses Street” due to the number of heritage townhouses that once lined up along the street. Presently, some of these townhouses have been converted to inns and cafes.
A steel rod art sculpture located at Chulia Lane.
This steel rod art sculpture can be found beside the wall of a rattan shop in Chulia Street, George Town. The caricature depicts a mother buying a rattan cane while a boy was hiding behind the bush, for fear of the cane (or locally known as “rotan”). The rattan cane was commonly used as a ‘disciplinary tool’ back at home and in school during the old days.
Lorong Muda and its “Joss Stick Maker” street art wall sculpture in George Town. Lorong Muda (or Muda Lane in English) is a rather narrow lane that links both Stewart Lane and Market Lane. This little lane is famous for its traditional joss stick maker.
The old heritage townhouse of the joss stick maker:
An art sculpture made of steel rods found at the back of an old shophouse’s wall at Lumut Lane, George Town. The sculpture’s caricature reveals that Lumut Lane is also the birthplace of novelist Ahmad Rashid Talu (born in 1889), who wrote the first Malay novel incorporating local settings and characters.
This steel sculpture can be found on a wall of a shophouse along King Street, part of the Little India area in George Town. The caricature depicts a local ‘Roti Benggali’ (or Benggali Bread) seller and what it means by the word ‘Benggali’. The freshly baked and rather big loaf Benggali bread is popular among the locals here, usually sold from a small makeshift stall on a motorcycle. It was said that the bread derived its name from the word ‘Penggali’, which basically means ‘shareholders’ in Tamil. The bread business was started by an Indian Muslim together with his group of friends (a co-op business) back in the 1930s. Local residents later mistook the name to be ‘Roti Benggali’ and the bread has been called as such ever since.