Spent last weekend in Penang with Hwee Mian, Elaine and Clarise. We covered a lot of ground in 2.5 days! We pranced from flea market to vintage shops, leapt from beach to hill, enjoyed street art and hawker foods, explored historical landmarks.
We had such a great time, we never want to leave.
We stayed in a hotel located on Muntri Street, which has one of the best preserved row of 19th century Straits Eclectic style houses. These grand terraces had mews, or private stables for horse carriages, with staff quarters upstairs. Muntri Mews is beautifully restored, infused with Malay, Chinese and European influences.
77 Lebuh Muntri
+60 4 263 5125
Muntri Mews has only 9 rooms. We occupied twin rooms downstairs. The larger guest rooms are located upstairs. The cafe serves a decent selection of breakfast that includes scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, roti prata, nasi lemak, cinnamon French toast and fresh fruits.
KAU KENG CHU 九间屋
“Nine Houses” on Kek Chuan Road
CHEW CLAN JETTY 姓周桥
People who came from the same village back home in China ban together as a Clan and built their own jetty. The one we visited was the Chew Clan Jetty. It is the longest and best preserved Clan Jetties along Weld Quay.
"Little Children on Bicycle” by Ernest Zacharevic
“Children on the Swing” by Penang’s deaf and mute artist Louis Gan. The road sign “Step by Step Lane” is installed as part of the art work and is not an actual road sign.
“Children Playing Basketball” by Louis Gan. This piece of art work is perceived as sloppy by critics and general comments are “The girl seems to be levitating, like she's on helium, while the boy is way out of proportion”.
Read Part Two