GEORGE TOWN: This time 11 years ago, George Town was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Since then, an annual heritage walk has been held to commemorate the inscription.
Students Edwin Tan, 17, and Evonne Tan, 16, made sure they did not miss this opportunity yesterday as they strolled down the heritage enclave for the 5km George Town Heritage Walk 2019.
“We stopped several times to take photos of the heritage buildings.
“There was no specific time limit for the walk, and everyone was just taking their own sweet time.
“I think this is just the right way for us to celebrate our heritage city,” Edwin said after completing the walk at Beach Street yesterday.
Another participant, Leena Mohan, 49, said the walk was a good chance for her to look at all the buildings, cafes and heritage sites up close.
“It is so quiet and peaceful without any cars on the road. We really enjoyed a slow and peaceful walk in the morning,” she said.
Edwin, Evonne and Leena were among some 1,500 participants who joined the walk which covered Church Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Chulia Street, Penang Road and Buckingham Street before heading back to Beach Street.
After the walk, there were stage performances, a clown show and some pop-up booths.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who flagged off the event, said the event gave participants a chance to see the rich culture and heritage of George Town.
“Ever since George Town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, many heritage houses have been renewed and kept properly.
“However, most of the residents have moved out and commercial businesses have moved in, causing it to lose its innate character.
“So, we hope the people and the state can work together to preserve our heritage city and sites,” he said.
Also present were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, George Town World Heritage Incorporated general manager Dr Ang Ming Chee and George Town Festival 2019 director Jack Wong.