A nostalgic journey through time

Young dancers, who will be performing at the event, posing for a group photo after the press conference at 1881 Chong Tian Hotel in Penang.

TAKE a stroll down memory lane at the 2017 World Heritage Day celebrations along Jalan Pintal Tali in George Town, Penang, this Friday.

There will be a variety of cultural performances alongside stalls offering food and handi-craft to celebrate traditions and practices of the past.

The event from 4.30pm to 10pm is organised by the Meng Eng Soo Temple, together with 1881 Chong Tian Hotel and the Grocers Association of Penang.

The hotel's managing director Seah Kok Heng urged visitors to dress in traditional costumes as the theme is ‘Nostalgia’.

“Our aim is to celebrate Chinese culture and remind the younger generation of our customs and heritage," he said at a press conference recently.

Seah said the hotel had been holding events on Heritage Day yearly since it was opened in 2011.

Seah showing special buffet vouchers which can be used for lunch or dinner at the hotel.
Seah showing special buffet vouchers which can be used for lunch or dinner at the hotel.

“But this one will be the biggest thus far.

“During the 1980s, this street was a vibrant hive of activity.

“But from the late 1990s, it started to lose its charm as many of the original residents and traders moved out, and the buildings became dilapidated.

“We love our street. Hopefully, this will revive its past glories. Let's all come together to make it a grand occasion,” he said.

There will be dragon dance, war drums, wushu and lion dance performances at the temple premises in Jalan Pintal Tali, better known as Rope Walk.

Grocers Association of Penang secretary Lai Wai Hong said the public could also take part in lion dance training sessions or witness a special lion dance on claypots show.

“These are healthy and meaningful activities which we hope can draw people away from their mobile phone screens,” he said.

Inside the beautifully restored Chong Tian Hotel, visitors will be able to enjoy traditional music performances, as well as an old songs karaoke competition.

For sure, one would not go hungry, as they will find a myriad of street fare and traditional snacks from the many stalls that are set to line the area.

Alternatively, one can enjoy special buffets at the hotel, which features dishes like curry fish, Nestum prawns, pork ribs and belly, Hainan-style chicken and duck, laksa, fried noodles and rice, popiah and Nyonya kuih.

Vouchers are available at RM49.80 per person, and can be used for lunch between 11.30am and 2.30pm or dinner from 5pm to 10pm on the day. Children below nine pay half price.

For information, call the hotel at 04-2631881.

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