PETALING JAYA: Heritage hub The Star Pitt Street has been featured in a travel report by the US-based online news portal Huffington Post.
In the report, travel and food writer Carolyn O’Donnell wrote that The Star’s former head office was now a “centre for arts, culture and heritage”.
The attractions at the centre give tourists more reasons to visit the state, she said in the article titled “Penang continues to make the most of its heritage”.
The Star Pitt Street was opened in September and is a multipurpose venue.
Visitors can browse volumes from Penang-based publisher Areca Books, examine The Penang Story project, browse exhibits, shop, attend talks, try their hand at craftwork and take heritage walks, the Nov 12 report said.
The bookstore is on the ground floor, with the resource centre and exhibition area on the first floor while the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra occupies and practises on the top floor.
Originally built in 1906 at the then price of 48,767 Straits Dollars, the three-storey building previously housed the Straits Settlements’ Opium and Spirit Farm Offices.
Later, it was the workplace of The Star’s northern region editorial and advertising personnel.
O’Donnell also wrote about other activities that tourists in Penang could do, such as walking along the Little India Heritage Trail and making a trip to Monkey Beach.