When an old town overly developed, the town would be filled with newly renovated ‘antiques’.
A remarkable old town normally has local resident and merchants doing their daily chores. Without the folks, the town may end up with an empty fake structure to entertain tourists.
Hopefully George Town can retain this precious soul and not ruined by over commercialization.
George Town remains as one of my favourite travel destinations in Malaysia.
We had a short stay at Penang Island on last weekend. I decided to process a few pictures into black & white while retaining a bit of colour.
It represents my feeling for George Town. Although everything looks familiar (because I have been there numerous times), there is always a tiny things or a fresh angle that reminds me that there are yet a lot more surprises to unearth.
We were attracted by the light and sound when we passed by George Town on our way to Pulau Tikus.
We decided to pull over and join the party.
It was the mid-autumn festival street party. I really enjoyed the showcase of the moon cake competition.
There were minions and angry bird moon cakes.
After the wildly successful Mirrors George Town series of murals, and the recent 101 Lost Kittens campaign, street arts and murals have become a unique tourist attraction in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many merchants starting to use display art to attract eye balls.
Any usable space or flat surface could be a target for painting.
I love the innovative campaign title, “101 Lost Kittens”.
It was a treasure hunt and animal awareness campaign in George Town (Penang).
Suddenly, people are crazy about cats in George Town. My favourite piece of art is the Bruce Lee and 3 kittens.
I planned for a stopover at Bukit Mertajam to visit an old friend.
We arrived 2 hours earlier than our dinner appointment, so we made a ‘round-hill-tour’. Bukit Mertajam has a nicely reserved park where the locals exercise during morning and afternoon hours. I really like the tea spa at the foot hill. We sat down and tasted the tea egg (RM1.20) but no time for an hour leisure tea spa.
I am impressed by the establishment of St. Anne Catholic Church.
There is another old abandoned church near the cemetery on the way to Mengkuang Dam. The place reminds me about Angkor Wat ruins.
I have never seen any tourism promotion campaign in Malaysia as effective as the Mirrors George Town series by Ernest Zacharevic.
The artworks have touched many Malaysians and tourists’ heart in a magical way.
If you see groups of visitors carrying map with marked locations, they are likely part of the ‘picture hunters’ in search of Zachrevic’s artworks.