Around Penang: George Town (Part 1)
The entire town of George Town is a UNESCO Heritage site. In this part 2 of our feature, we will see more of the streets filled with murals and go into interesting shops you'll chance upon as you cycle around the area. Here are more photos and highlights from the trip of our friend Dindin Cruz.
"Next day, I rented a bike from the hostel for 15 ringgit, good for 24 hours. I decided to find all the murals, most of which are located in George Town (UNESCO Heritage Site). Lanes and streets where you can find the famous mural art works include Muntri Street, Leith Street, Love Lane, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street and Cannon Street.
I also visited the Chew Jetty, a famous fishing village in the area, mostly of Chinese descent. Taking a bike is a good way of seeing the town, I found all sorts of artwork, not just the murals which I had intended on seeing.
Most of the murals were by a European artist Ernest Zacharevic, as a project for the George Town Festival 2012. GTF is held annually in August. Other murals found were paintings of cats, and steel-rod sculptures found at various landmarks, with an interesting, often funny, description of the area.
I also found near one of the murals a restaurant serving delicious pastry products. The name of the place is "The Secret of Irresistible Pastry". I ordered pork floss pastry puff and egg tart.
I stumbled upon a small museum called "Ben's Vintage Toy Museum". Free to roam around ground floor, but one must pay around 6 ringgit to go upstairs. It was hot, so I looked around the eclectic finds and learned more about the history of toys on display.
After the bike ride, I took a nap, then walked to Jalan Penang, where the locals said to go for authentic Malaysian fare. I ended up in this canteen-like place with a few food stalls already open, and got myself char kway teow, a noodle dish with shrimps similar to pad thai but less sweet for 5 ringgit. I had been curious to try the bah kuh teng, and one of the vendors was nice enough to let me order half of the usual serving for 4 ringgit. Fresh orange juice is cheap in this place, only 2 ringgit!
I then wandered around and ended up in Chulia Street were there were lots of hawker places and hip cafes. Young locals and tourists were roaming around.
I stayed in Mugshot Cafe as per recommendation, although unsolicited, by a local. I got a kiwi shake for 11 ringgit. The place had a rustic, quirky feel with lots of young adults. It was connected to a bakery where I bought a chocolate croissant for my breakfast the next day.
On the way back to my hostel, I dropped by the local art gallery with live music upstairs. The gallery offered visitors to send a postcard to themselves at a specified date in the future. Artworks in postcards by local artists. I have no pictures of the gallery because they did not allow photographs! :("