George Town fest draws crowds

Getting to know George Town: Tour guide Khor Muling showing participants an old picture of a tram along Penang Road during the

THE George Town Heritage Celebrations 2017 kicked off with a series of exciting events and activities at the heritage enclave on the island.

Among those joining in the merrymaking on day one of the event yesterday were Anky Tsang, 20, from Hong Kong, and her Taiwanese friends Amy Wu, Zoe Hsueh, Sabrina Yang and Vivian Chien, all 21.

“We’ll be in Penang for a month and we’re excited that our visit coincides with the heritage celebrations,” she said when met after the ‘Site Excursion: Discover Our Oral Traditions’ programme at St George’s Church.

Earlier, Helenn Wevers, who is the church chairman of the St George’s Church Guides, shared about the church’s oral traditions to more than 100 visitors.

(BRIEF CAPTION) Heritage trail: walky talky George Town. Walk through oral tradisions via the many languages of Chowrasta Market, traditonal trades in Cambell Street and Penang Bazaar, the onec-crowded martket of Penang Road. Pix by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star/ 7 July 2017
Tailor Abdul Aziz Mohd Hussain sharing with the visitors unique stories about Penang Bazaar.

“I shared stories about Easter and Palm Sunday. The church organ, which was restored a month ago, was also played,” she said, adding that the church is the oldest Anglican church in South-East Asia.

George Town Heritage Cele-brations 2017 curator Kuah Li Feng said the Site Excursion event was part of the heritage celebrations.

“The excursion at St George’s Church is the first of six site excursions that are being held throughout the three-day celebrations,” she said.

Today, the site excursion conti-nues at the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib at 10.30am, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh at 2.30pm and Masjid Kapitan Keling at 5pm.

Colourful eye-catching boards have been put up at the Armenian Park to inform the public about the heritage event.

Visitors checking out the sights along Armenian Street.
Visitors checking out the sights along Armenian Street.

Not to be missed today is the Glove Puppet Show on ‘The Penang Story’ Potehi performance by the Ombak Potehi at the park at 9pm.

Meanwhile, the street festival today will cover Lebuh Armenian, Lebuh Cannon, Lebuh Acheh, Lorong Soo Hong, Lebuh Ah Quee, Lorong Lumut, Lebuh Buckingham, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Jalan Kampung Kolam.

Tomorrow, it will cover the Kong Hock Keong (Goddess of Mercy Temple) at 2.30pm and Sri Mahamariamman Temple at 5pm.

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