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Marking George Town

Marking George Town started off as a competition initiated by the Penang State Government to physically brand George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 7 September 2009, an international competition was aimed at exploring innovative ideas in art and design for public spaces in George Town. Out of the 40 entries within the country and from abroad, Sculptureatwork triumphed with its design concept of ‘voices from the people’. Subsequently, 52 unique and humorous illustrations in the form of iron rod sculptures were installed against the city’s building walls.
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Spy

Updated 28 April 2015

In the early 20th century the slightly trisque reputation of this area was further enhance by the presence of Japanese camera shops which were suspected of covert spying activities.

Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.418530,100.333780)

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Cow & Fish

Updated 28 March 2015

Not only there were hapless cows bred and slaughtered here but you could also smell the fish hung out to dry.

Lebuh Melayu / Lorong Ikan, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.413210,100.335260)

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Same Taste Same Look

Updated 28 March 2015

Here your find traditional Cantonese restaurants serving Dim Sum.

Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.416450,100.332730)

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The Main Street

Updated 28 March 2015

Chulia Street was one of the main streets laid out by Captain Francis Light. Today is known as "Backpackers" main street.

Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.417300,100.337880)

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Tok Tok Mee

Updated 28 March 2015

One big, one small!

Tok tok mee is so called because hawkers would strike a ‘Tok Tok’ sound to signal their presence.

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling / Lebuh China, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.418580,100.338780)

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Procession

Updated 28 March 2015

Tua Pek Kong  fancy car parade in the year of tiger is to wash away all the bad luck, and bring in wealth and health.

Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.415470,100.337160)

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Quiet Please (Street Fighters)

Updated 28 March 2015

To the dismay of parishioners of the Portuguese church there. Church Street also housed the headquarters of the notorious Ghee Hin secret society.

Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.418620,100.340170)

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Narrowest Five Foot Way

Updated 28 March 2015

Obviously, this is less than five feet…The ‘Five Foot Way’ of Wan Hai Hotel is said to be the narrowest in Penang.

Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.419410,100.337760)

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Mr Five Foot Away

Updated 28 March 2015

Customers call me Mr. Goh Kah Kee

Five foot way were meant to protect pedestrians from the hot sun and rain. With the influx of immigrants, work increasingly became hard to find.
Many of the old and unemployed thus began using these corridors to set up small businesses instead. The Hokkiens began calling these ‘Goh Ka Ki’ or ‘Five Foot Way’ trades.

Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.420860,100.330520)

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Mahjong Bird

Updated 28 March 2015

Mahjong (The game of sparrows) a favourite pastime for the elderly.

Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.419410,100.337760)

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Kopi 'O'

Updated 28 March 2015

One Tall, Double Shot, Decaf Espresso KOPI-O’-KAU!

Lebuh Kimberly, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.417590,100.330990)

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Kandar

Updated 28 March 2015

Nasi Kandar originated from Tamil Muslims. Hawking home cooked curry dishes and rice from containers slung on both ends of a Kandar (Wooden Stick).

Lebuh Ah Quee, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.415840,100.338240)

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Haj Pilgrimage

Updated 28 March 2015

Much of the traffic of pilgrims to and from Muslim Holy land for the hay went through Acheh Street where tickets for the trip were sold. Shopping was also a favourite activity for both pilgrims and their well wishers.

Gat Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.413240,100.338080)

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Gedung Rumput

Updated 28 March 2015

While its royal English name sound very grand, it's also locally known as "Gedung Rumput" or Grass Godonm with bullock carts being parked along this wide street.

Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.418370,100.339170)

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Duck

Updated 28 March 2015

Also known as "Chicken Alley". This lane was once used by poulterers.

Lorong Che An (Near Lebuh Pantai), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA. (5.416860,100.340590)

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