|The newly refurbished Hai Kee Chan, the ancestral home|
of the Chung family, is now the Penang Peranakan Museum.
Oh how I love just love Penang! A recent trip in September 2014 to watch the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra brought back a lot of memories of old Penang, especially Georgetown, where I spend many a holiday during primary and secondary school vacations.
My maternal grandparents were true blue Penangites, and although they stayed in Tanjong Bungah near the beaches, a day trip to busy Georgetown seemed to be a highlight, whether if they were doing their banking, shopping or just bringing their grandchildren for local hawker fare.
Georgetown, now a UNESCO Heritage site, has received a complete revamp, making it a must for tourists seeking to experience what life was in old Penang. Much of the old buildings and localities remain the same but with some sprucing up, there is a great deal of charm to be had. So this is what Singapore was like during the 1960s and 70s!
|The ancestral temple of the Chung Family,|
just adjacent to tghe Hai Kee Chan mansion.
Just admire the European-styled wrought iron fence.
|Two shophouses on Armenian Street house|
the Sun Yat Sen Museum and a Museum of Chinese opera.
|The grand dames of Chulia Street,|
where Penang does its shopping.
|More Georgetown shop fronts on Chulia Street,|
Kimberly Street, Penang Road and Victoria Street.
|Near the Kuan Yin Temple on Stewart Street.|
|Signs of the times, when 007 and Kim Novak|
were considered fashion icons of the age.
|I bet these shops looked exactly the same now|
as they were in 1965.
|Penang Road at 9 am on a Sunday morning: Deserted!|
|The pace of life in Georgetown seems to stand still,|
and that's what I love best about Penang!