Along the intersection of Lebuh Pantai and Gat Lebuh China, left side from where we're coming. The refurbished Malayan Railway building impressed us with it's newly painted facade. Highlighted with gray, blue and yellow. Surprisingly there's no single railway or train here. It's merely a ticketing office for the people of Penang Island.
After walking for 3 hours both our feet we're tired and almost on the brink to give up. Then a heavily embellished trishaw lured our attention. Trishaw or cycle rickshaw are famous transportation mode for tourist in Penang. Without a question, our weary soles wants to hop in and enjoyed exploring the rest of Georgetown. But considering it's hefty rate 20 Ringgit (260Pesos per hour). Sigh! we abandoned the idea.
Another thought was to rent a bike, but knowing our legs and thighs had been stretched a bit earlier, we rescind. So we resume walking and finally reached the assembly area of Heritage Walk in Georgetown.
Heritage walk is an annual activity held during 1st weekend of July within the enclave of Georgetown, UNESCO World Heritage site. It is free guided touring activity spearheaded by local tourism showcasing the pre-war shop houses, clan houses, temples and museums.
There is no need to register for this event. You just need to follow the herd, where a local guide leads the walk while explaining each remarkable landmarks along the planned route.
After several stop, look and listen of the activity. We broke away from the horde and have our own heritage walk. The amount of crowd and the unbearable heat from mid noon sun was enough reason to veer.
|Friendly staff of Heritage Walk|
We'd witnessed real action and face to face combat from the Silat martial artists. But it was done less violent manner. Every time they we're on a fighting stance, the crowd roars and cheers them. For us, it was more of a shooting scene in a movie surrounded by crowd and curious tourist.
Aside from the historical landmarks of Georgetown, the street arts was another reason to visit this UNESCO heritage site. The street art that gives new life to the decrepit structures. The famous murals was done by the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic.
|Boy and real motorcycle, an example of Mural-Contemporary art by Ernest Zacharevic.|
|The famous Boy and Girl on a bicycle at Lebuh Armenian|
Aside from paintings, the steel rod caricatures on the streets of Georgetown was also worth visiting.
Every caricatures portrays a different story of what was Penang in the past. Like the picture below depicts a a man with two roles during colonial era, a police same time as a firefighter.
There're lots of mural paintings and steel rod caricatures scattered across Georgetown to be discovered. We haven't visit them all intentionally, so we have another reason to come back in Penang.
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