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“If you want to learn about a culture, listen to their stories”. Penang in all its complexity is presented in bite-sized stories, guides and interviews, to be taken in and savoured slowly.


Rattan products are largely seen around Penang, especially in heritage shophouses, but are you interested in the process of making these ‘old style’ furniture or have you ever wondered who produce these? In Penang, rattan products are not mass produced, but individually handmade. Janice Kua talks to Mr. Sim Buck Teik, a “Living Heritage Treasure of Penang”.
Traditional trades are being heavily promoted these days, but other than the trade, were you ever curious as to what goes on in the daily lives of these traders and wondered what their thoughts are? Janice Kua talks to Bala, one of the flower garland makers along the Street of Harmony.
Traditional traders of Penang are much talked about but have you ever wondered how they live and what goes on in their daily lives? Janice Kua talks to Mr. Haja Mohideen of Kedai Songkok OSM Mohd Shariff in George Town.
The Paper Oblation Craftsman of Penang are much talked about but have you ever wondered what their produce are used for and how these unique ‘artwork’ are made? Janice Kua talks to Ah Ban, one of the paper oblation craftsman in Penang.
Penang’s “gold bazaar” is mainly made up from Chinese goldsmiths along Campbell Street, together with Indian and Arab jewellery shops along the Street of Harmony in George Town. Of these, many have been operating for decades and are still going strong today. Janice Kua talks to Mr. Yuva of VKN Jewellers, eager to learn of their daily operations and how gold is made in Penang.
There are enough excuses to be in Penang but November and December offer a few more to add to that list that’ll make it a must-visit destination.
Penang is well-known for its tapestry of vibrant cultures, authentic cuisines and great attractions. Here’s how you can immerse yourself into the rich culture and lifestyle of the people in this northern region. By Janice Kua
This Muslim new year is celebrated with introspection, new resolutions and self-improvement amid a festive mood.
This nine days religious and cultural festival is celebrated by Hindu devotees of goddesses Gurda, Lakhsmi and Saraswati.
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