Photographing in George Town

Photographing George Town

Last week, I had a trip visiting and photographing George Town, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My expectation was finding historical architectural and cultural townscape. Below is the quote from Wikipedia.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance (see list of World Heritage Sites).

Photographing in George Town

Upon arrival, my first impression is like being half century back in time. The old town streets looks like old 1950s Hong Kong, similar architectural style, similar shops.

First day is a rainy day, I check-in the hostel room, it is near the famous Love Lane, heard this nearby area will be exciting at night.

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

These are not wall paintings, they are metal sculpture wire arts, I instantly find one just outside of hotel, then they are everywhere. The whole town itself is an art gallery, shows hundreds of art pieces. I start walk around, see a sign on the convenience store’s door, “No Helmets Allowed” I guess. They do not like helmets, funny.

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

In George town, one interesting activity is follow the map to find wall paintings & townscapes. The town is not very large, walk between north and south edges takes no more than an hour, not includes the time of browsing. This time, I intentionally chose a smaller camera sling bag with me, I knew, I will have long day hunting in the town.

The historic townscapes reserve in the inner city of George Town. In every moment, many cultural townscapes are being artificially destroy, even though its under protection of convention. I disappointedly discover the famous Bruce Lee theme wall painting is disappeared, the whole wall has been repainted. Some other paintings are also partially destroyed or missing.

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

It takes a lots of time to search every street corners, from sunrise to sun set, into late night. Some paintings are big, some tiny, some hidden in dark corners, some are displaced, many stories are waiting to be discovered.

Photographing in George Town Photographing in George Town

Photos keep time, memories, and history. Photography always plays an important role in preserving history. Even though my role is so little here, one day I will make it big, to serve the world community.

Photographing in George Town

Apart from the historical townscapes, tour the multicultural society itself is interesting. There are many heritage buildings worth taking visit, such as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (aka Blue Mansion). Mr. Cheong in his time was a very wealthy and powerful man. Below is the quote from Wikipedia.

The Circa 1880s mansion built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows.

Photographing in George Town

Or, the St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia. Below is the quote from Wikipedia.

The landmark church was completed in 1818 on the initiative of the Penang Colonial Chaplain, Rev. Robert Sparke Hutchings (best known for his later founding of the Penang Free School). It was consecrated on 11 May 1819 by the Bishop of Calcutta, Thomas Fanshawe Middleton. 

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Tea time. I enter a restaurant, enjoy an afternoon tea, it makes me feels like home, for a soul infected by British culture, although I do not have British accent, I was born & raised in British Overseas Territories.

Photographing in George Town

Photographing in George Town

Time is limited, before getting to know about George Town, it is already time for me to check-out my room, and head to next suburb Tanjung Bungah. This is the end of photographing George Town journey.

Tanjung Bungah is not part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has many large modern resorts on beachside, and some nearby famous night markets, is the perfect place to relax my mind & body, before I leave Penang.

Photographing in George Town

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