Appreciating Gopeng’s heritage

A PICTURE is worth a thousand words, and this idiom is manifested in the drawings on the history of Gopeng by about 100 school children recently.

They came up with their beautiful pieces under the guidance of eight artists from Penang who are experts in lifelike drawings, especially those on heritage buildings and artifacts.

The event was one of the highlights of the two-day Gopeng Cultural Festival jointly organised by students of Taiwan’s National University of Tsing Hua, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and Gopeng Museum.

The museum’s curator Phang See Kong said the children, aged between 10 and 12, also had the opportunity to learn more about lifelike drawing from the experts.

“They also got to know more on what they are drawing, and this is a good way for them to learn and appreciate heritage,” said the 74-year-old retired headmaster.

Phang said many of the visitors also got to learn how to make handicraft like ornaments from the Taiwanese students.

The organisers, he added, also took the opportunity to promote recycling.

He said many of the interesting recycled items on display were made by the primary school children in Gopeng.

“The Taiwanese students who were on a one month study trip in Gopeng recently had gone to the schools to teach them on recycling.”

The highlight of the second day of the festival was a heritage walk which attracted some 100 participants.

Phang said the walk took them to the various landmarks in Gopeng that highlighted the rich multi-cultural heritage of the former tin mining town.

He said the festival, held at the Gopeng Square in Gopeng town, had attracted about 800 visitors.

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