Getting a haircut at Huang Koong barber shop at Jalan Hutton guarantees to bring out all kinds of feels. Part of its charm is getting your hair cut by a septuagenarian Chinese barber. The other part is being able to marvel at all the vintage interior within the pre-war shophouse, which has remained unchanged since 1968.
Have you seen the rat-headed prisoner on the wall of Mugshot Cafe on Lebuh Chulia? How about a monkey-headed general guarding the moon gate in China House’s courtyard? There’s a dragon-headed General Guan Yu riding a horse on the wall of the Drippin’ Dragon Hostel on Lorong Hutton. Have you seen that too? Familiarise yourself with the works of Penang-based British artist Thomas Powell.
What are the hidden relics from a wartime era of the old Malaya? Reputed to be the largest war museum in South East Asia, the Penang War Museum is said to share experiences and feels of its function back in the days.
The Straits-born Chinese, also known as the Peranakans, are committed to perfection, not only in their food but also in their ensemble, from head – to toe, literally. Kasut manik (beaded shoe) is highly valued as it is an integral part of the Peranakan's culture and it is handsewn into delicate designs. For a female Peranakan, also known as a Nyonya, a kebaya is incomplete without a pair of kasut manik.
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”.
The light begins to dim, and the temperature starts dropping back below 30 degrees, in many ways, 6pm and later is the perfect time to explore what Penang has to offer, and many evening activities are completely free of charge.
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.
Set up to promote, market and generate tourism for the Penang State in Malaysia, Penang Global Tourism is a tourism bureau which serves as a focal point for coordinating all tourism activities. PGT, as it is affectionately known, works closely with various key tourism industry players locally and abroad. PGT participates in overseas sales missions at world-renowned trade shows, and the exposure has contributed to Penang’s popularity as a destination, investment and home of choice for many from around the world.