Valentine’s day spent exploring the culture and heritage of Penang, Malaysia

Ever since I moved in to Malaysia, I had the opportunity to visit multiple places of this country. Each place that I visited had a beauty of its own and it truly amazed me to discover how beautifully the creator has created His planet. I have always had the dream to explore the world and see the beauty of nature via my own eyes and this dream has come true. Though I have seen very little compared to what this gigantic earth has to offer, I will have no regrets if do not get to see any more. Sometimes I truly consider myself lucky to be in good health and mind for having the capability to travel to this many places and that too with an amazing travel partner- my husband.

Georgetown Street

So this time I had visited the Georgetown street art, Clan Jetty, and the Kek Lok Si temple of Penang (Malaysia). Penang is full of history and heritage. I’ve been here before too but I had not explored the streets the previous time. So this time, on the very Valentine’s Day, my husband took me to the Georgetown Street. The arts have been made by Ernest Zacharevic, an artist from London. His popular street arts of Georgetown include the kids riding on a bicycle, a kid sitting over motorcycle in front of a door, two kids standing over a swing, a kid in yellow t-shirt standing over a chair, etc. What makes these arts eye-catching are the actual objects attached to the paintings, bringing a solid and lively illusion to it. The chair, the swing, the motorcycle- all are real objects. If you ever happen to visit Penang, do check out the street arts. Tip: the arts are scattered all over the place, so you will have to locate each of them by walking across the roadsides. In that case take a rickshaw that’s available on the street, and ask the rickshaw puller to take you to all the art locations. This will save you both time and energy.

Clan Jetties

Our next destination was the Clan Jetties. As history suggests, there were seven Chinese clans of which now six remains. This place that we visited was a waterfront society where various Chinese clans live their daily lives over the bridge, in their wooden homes. It is hard to imagine that these people are living so comfortably over the water by each day! The place, though seems narrow and congested, contains a school and multiple retails outlets and souvenir shops, all within this bridge. As we walked inside the place, we saw small homes where there were kids playing with their pets, we saw praying rituals of the Chinese on the outdoor, then clothes hung outside their homes for drying under the sun, etc. We bought some fridge magnets of the Georgetown street art from the market inside. Most of the souvenirs represented the streets arts- the bags, magnets, photo frames, etc. It was nice visiting the place and having a closer look to the livelihood of the Chinese clans.

Kek Lok Si Temple

It was almost getting dark by the time we reached our last destination of the day which was the Kek Lok Si Temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple was not only huge but it was decorated extravagantly with flowers and lights all around. We found technicians still working on decorating every corner of the place with lights. We were lucky for having visited the place during the Chinese new year eve because these lightings of 20,000 in amount were all done especially for this eve. The place had monasteries, gardens, and prayer halls inside. It also had a pavement where sculptures of all the twelve Chinese zodiac animals were there- the rooster, monkey, rat, ox, goat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, dog, and pig. There was an enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin- of approximately 271 feet in height. Inside the temple was also a small tree-like structure where we saw tourists and believers tie colorful ribbons, also known as the ‘wishing ribbons’. The closing time was 7:00 PM, hence our exploration came to an end and we bid goodbye to this beautiful temple.

The overall day in Penang was really exciting. We got to visit these famous spots and acquaint ourselves with the rich history of it. We ended our day with our Valentine’s Day dinner at Debob Coffee, another nice place where it was compulsory to enter barefoot, hence you can guess it was very clean and tidy. There were crockeries for sale in the restaurant, representing the historic culture of Penang in it. We had our dinner in peace and made our way back to hotel with content hearts and tummies.

Polomi Siddique

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glisteningopal · February 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Wow…love how you have written this. I moved to malaysia a few years ago and now I am living in Georgetown. Tbh I love Penang more than any state here. Its very famous for its food.

    Polomi Siddique · February 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Wow that’s nice to know! You’re lucky to be living at Georgetown itself that attracts so many tourists like us. Yes, you are right about Penang being the most beautiful than other cities in here, I too loved it a lot. I had visited the Penang Hill in my previous visit there and I loved the beauty and environment of it. I had written a blog on that too, I may post it here someday.
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      glisteningopal · February 22, 2018 at 6:43 am

      I’d love to read about your experience. Penang hill is one of my most fav spots here.

maomao · March 9, 2018 at 9:08 am

For nice food go to Muar Johor. Fresh, delicious and cheap.

    Anonymous · March 9, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Ah I would keep that in mind! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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