Pulau Pinang seems to have a treasure trove of such shop houses, of varied style and design. It is no surprise that the owners have started to restore them to their glorious days and in fact with more significance alongside their current usage. Bed and Breakfast or Travellers Lodge at such exotic buildings seems to attract foreign tourists to enjoy homely atmosphere.
The Chartered Bank of Penang Island. Being a Sunday morning, therefore the quietness and unhurried atmosphere.
You would have pushed your money into this night safe had you been in Penang in the 1950's when the Chartered Bank utilised this safe for convenience of its clients. You can do the same now but at a better safe box.
It was an enriching experience for me too as I discover treasures and richness of our heritage. For what there are in our own towns and villages we must try to salvage and help to preserve less they fade away. Jabatan Warisan Negara being a department under Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Malaysia is doing a yeoman service in this direction.
Penang Town Hall
A business house situated at Beach Street. When nearby you would likely make your way to the "Whiteaways' an exclusive department store pre Merdeka time.
Swettenham Pier where large ships used to dock here. Recently upgraded it awaits luxury passenger ships to call here and making the island once again a touristic hub.
A golden opportunity like this comes once in a blue moon. When can you get the chance to knock two big birds with a tiny stone? We did it in Penang from 14 to 16 August 2009. I abandoned the motorcar for a good walking exercise while clicking the shutters at random for a good collection of Pulau Pinang images.
Every where you go around the former business enclave you will find old buildings restored and and in spanking conditions. Won't be for long, before they are occupied again.
The Immigration Department Building at the corner of Beach Street .
Masjid Kampong Melayu recently restored by Jabatan Warisan Negara is also situated in the business zone of 'Tanjung'
Masjid Kapitan Kling has also been restored to its original identity while establishing the extensive business zone of the Indian Muslims of 'Tanjung'.
Adjacent to Masjid Kampong Melayu you will find this row of restored 'wakaf' houses.
An old map of George Town dated 1798 shows clearly the topography and morphology of the settlement around the cape i.e 'tanjung'. In complete evidence till now the trading houses located at Chulia Street ( Malabar Street), Pitt Street ( Masjid Kapt Kling Street), Light Street and Beach Street proved its truth. Being close to the harbor and 'Swettenham Pier' this commercial center saw its duplicate in Singapore. The once famous 'Change Alley' sector with the surounding commercial houses and harbour facilities is almost identical.The above nine photographs identify the various buildings that saw their hay days during the last century
No more than 10 minutes bicycle ride from 'Tanjung' this zone known as Padang Kota Baru or the 'esplanade' has taken a definite departure from old Pulau Pinang. Though there are several homes restored to their prestine originality, large spaces have modern highrise buildings on them now. Maybe that's the beauty of Pulau Pinang, a healthy coexistence between the two.