Tan Kok Oo custom-makes Nyonya beaded shoes and slippers which are traditionally worn with the Nyonya kebaya and sarong. His clients can choose their motifs from his catalogues or bring in their own print outs for him to refer to. Creating a pair of beaded shoes is an incredibly time-consuming process as the plastic beads are so tiny. It can take up to three months to complete the beading for a single pair of shoes.
Address: Handmade Nyonya Beaded Shoes, 4, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Many traditional Chinese businesses and homes in George Town still proudly display wooden signboards over their front doors - the former announce company names or auspicious couplets, while the latter depicts family surnames.
Address: Sung Dynasty Wood Carving, 77 Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
George Town's spice merchants which operate from shops along Lebuh Pasar in the Little India enclave are an enduring legacy of Penang's spice trade. These traders play an integral part in Penang's food industry and culinary heritage. The shops are packed to the brim with spices from all over the world, which are then distributed to wholesalers, small grocery stores, restaurants, grinding mills and housewives.
Address: Syarikat Abdul Ghaffar Trading, 29 & 29A Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA