The annual float event which was titled “Magic of the Night 2015 Floats” this year was held in May at the Marina of Putrajaya, organized by the Tourism Ministry of Malaysia. The event showcased a number of floats representing each state in Malaysia, parading on the waters of the Putrajaya lake. After the event, the Penang float was moved over here to be displayed along the Karpal Singh Drive, Jelutong.
Penang’s float is called “Endless Celebrations” and reportedly won the Most Popular and Most Creative Awards during the Magic of the Night 2015 Floats.
Note: There is an ongoing photography contest (till August 22) of the float organized by Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) and IJM Land Berhad. For more info on this contest, please visit: http://www.psp-penang.com.my/.
A couple of months back, the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off bus service was launched to promote the island’s tourism and places of attraction. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the buses feature sky view and open deck, disabled-friendly facilities and travel through routes that covers 50 major attractions on the island. For those interested in exploring the heritage sites and streets of George Town, there is the ‘City Route’ bus while those who want to enjoy the beach and natural area of the island may hop-on to the ‘Beach Route’ bus.
For MyKad holders, the tickets are RM19 for adults and RM12 for children. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
For non-Malaysians, tickets are priced at RM45 (adults) and RM24 (children above five and below 12).
For more info such as the routes covered and tour map, please check out www.myhoponhopoff.com/.
This mural was spotted at an alley along the side wall of the Visit Malaysia Tourism Penang office at Beach Street.
Link to the mural’s location; http://travel2penang.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/penang-street-art-map-part-8/
A typical busy day along Armenian Street, George Town. Since the heritage recognition by UNESCO and the famous mural painted by Ernest Zacharevic, Armenian Street has transformed into the most popular street in George Town.
Held for a period of one month annually to commemorate George Town’s 2008 recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site status, the George Town Festival is the biggest event in Penang showcasing various works of arts, performance, music and film. This year, the festival will be running from 7th June to 7th July 2013. The official launching of the event will be on the 8th June 2013, 3.00pm at the Esplanade with a kite-flying ceremony featuring various kite makers and kite flyers from the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
For further information, please visit http://georgetownfestival.com/.
Painted by Ernest Zacharevic at the old walls along Ah Quee Street.
The Snake Temple (also known as Temple of the Azure Clouds) is located at the sourthern end of Penang, not far from the Penang International Airport. The small temple is home to a few varieties of snake species, mostly pit vipers (although the number of snakes there are getting fewer now due to nearby industrial development).
According to legend, the temple was built in to worship a deified monk who was also a great healer. Before the building of the temple, the monk had given shelter to the snakes of the nearby jungle and when the temple was completed, the snakes moved in.