Penang + Ipoh Trip : Food and buildings

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Georgetown , is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has proposed to categorise by UNESCO into core and buffer area heritage area. The core area mainly covers the Lebuh Acheh historical enclave and sites such as the Lebuh Acheh Malay Mosque, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Kling Mosque, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Khoo Kongsi, St George's Church, Assumption Church, St Xavier's Institution, Convent Light Street, Little India, the museum and court building, the commercial area of Beach Street, Fort Cornwallis, Esplanade, City Hall, the clan jetties and the port areas.
Penang + Ipoh Trip
Taking airasia flight to Penang at only RM90 for return trip. In Penang, we are staying at cititel hotel from 23-26 June 2009, RM90 per night for a standard room. The hotel rooms are quite nice and it was situated near to the core heritage area. Anyone who are interesting to travel to Penang can try some old houses which are converted into a hotel like Cathay hotel nearby or Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. There are a lot of backpackers lodge around Jalan Munturi area with very cheap price.

Day 1

Breakfast at Lebuh Armenian: Curry Mee and Hokien Mee

All the shops around Georgetown area open quite late and sometimes have to walk far to get breakfast.

Kek Lo Si Temple

Penang Hill
Queensbay Mall

Day 2

Georgetown area

Traditional shophouses with beautiful ornaments and openings

Most of the roads in the core area have installed signage which explains the history of the roads and the brief stories behind the road. Breakfast at Kopitiam: Kueh Teow Sup, Roti Bakar, Coffee, Teh

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

There are explanations on board available for most of the heritage buildings.

It also explains the floor layout, architectural features, conservation techniques and important events held here before.

The temple floor finishes nowadays are different from the origin floor patterns. Visitors still can see the original patterns through the box above.

Cheah Kongsi
There are a few chinese kongsi or clan associations in Georgetown, and this is one of unique architecture in Penang.
The Cheah Kongsi clan association was founded in 1820 by Cheah Yam, an immigrant who originally hailed from Sek Tong village in South China. Upon his death, his widow Ong Sin Neoh took charge of the association and created the legal mechanisms and trust funds to ensure that the association would continue into perpetuity. Her son, Cheah Choo Yew, and his succeeding descendants have served as the presidents of the clan association ever since.
The Cheah clan temple is an eclectic mix of a Chinese mansion, Chinese temple, and European bungalow. The present temple building dates from the 1870s. The premises also include a similarly eclectic office building and surrounding rentable properties.

(source: orientalarchitecture )

Khoo Kongsi

The Khoo Kongsi is a clan association of the Leong San Tong (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan who came from the Sin Kang clan village in Hokkien province, China. Their clan temple was erected here in 1906 at the peak of their prosperity.

At that time the various clan members lived in the nearby houses and practiced a measure of self-government. The temple is fairly unusual in that it is located away from the street. To reach it, one has to enter through the narrow street-side entrance , then turn a corner twice through a side street to reach the central compound.

(source: orientalarchitecture )

The stage opposite with the temple.
Wall mural of deities
Ground floor of the temple is used as a gallery explaning about Khoo Kongsi

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

We took a 3pm guided tour around the house. The tour costs RM12 and it is really worth it. However, photographs are not allowed in the house.
The house was designed with full concern of fengshui elements as Chinese believe that good feng shui generate good Qi in the house and also wealthy to the family. Once in the house, can feel comfortable breezes and air circulation although no air-conditioning is switch on.
According to the guide, the house was aimed to be both office and family residential. The front part of ground floor area is a public space to meet people, while the courtyard area is family spaces. A very delicate partition with natural ornaments paint in gold used to divide the public space and private space.
Cheong Fatt Tze choose to paint his mansion in blue color because he prefered colors that are related to nature, like water. The house was raised up at the entrance area to show the high status of the owner of the house.
The decoration at roof eave and wall are the famous Chien Nie techniques from China.
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Prangin Mall

Gurney drive+ Gurney Plaza

Gurney Drive is a place where you can get some hawker food and enjoy the sea breezes. The food is not so delicious, but the environment is worth it.

Day 3

Jalan Munturi Lorong Stewart

Ipoh, perak
Going down to Ipoh using bus.

Hotel Lotte

We stayed at Hotel Lotte in Ipoh town area and a standard room cost RM63 per night. The rooms are very clean and service is good.

Dinner: Ipoh famous Tauge chicken

Day 4

Kellie Castle, Batu Gajah

This is a hidden architecture treasure in Batu Gajah, Perak. Kellie Castle, which was built by Wiliam Kellie Smith as his own mansion. The building is surrounded by rich landscape area and is connected through a bridge.
"Wiliam Kellie Smith was born in Dallas, North-Eastern Scotland to a farmer and his wife on March 1, 1870, William Kellie-Smith travelled to Malaysia, then Malaya, at the tender age of 20 to seek his fortune. Kellie was his mother's maiden name. Smith was engaged by an estate owner named Alma Baker to help in the construction of public roads in South Perak. With this share of the profits from the venture, he bought 1,000 acres of jungle land in the Kinta District, and cleared it to plant rubber.He later named the estate Kinta Kellas, after his home farm, Easter Kellas. "
Wiliam brought 70 tough workers from Madras for the construction of the mansion. However, the workers died suddenly due to some unknown disease. Therefore, Wiliam decided to build a Hindu temple nearby to calm the spirit. There is a secret tunnel which connects the temple with the mansion.
Store room to keep wine

Appicot Bricks that are made into various shape
However, the work was halted in year 1926 as Wiliam Kellie Smith passed away suddenly. The building was left unfinished and the estate was sold by Wiliam's wife.

The mansion is designed with rich Moorish style and most of the spaces are well planned. At the ground floor are the living room, prayer hall and dining hall. There is an attached building at the side of the main building which used as servant house and kitchen. At the first floor, you will find Wiliam's master bedroom, Helen's (Wiliam daughter) room and his son rooms. Every bedrooms are equipped with changing rooms. A corridor with rich Moorish arches lead ones from one room to another.
There are also store rooms to keep wine, pillows, blankets and others. Hidden staircase which lead to underground space left a mysterious stories nowadays.

Wiliam Smith planned to install a bucket lift at the tower, if it was successfully installed during that time, it will be the first lift ever in Malaysia. You can still see the lift shaft which connects to the roof top.

At the roof top, one will be amazed with the tennis court . The owner actually planned to have an indoor tennis court at the roof top. Besides that, there is a watch platform which will be the place where Wiliam can stand and watch the whole Ipoh area.

The tree that naturally look like a bear

Lin Seng Tong
Ipoh surrounded by mountains and it was said that Ipoh generates good looking people. There are a lot of temples which are built in a cave.

Kek Lo Tong Yee Hup -most famous biscuit shop in Ipoh
Ipoh parade- the biggest shopping mall in Ipoh
Back Penang using busCheck in Cititel the view from our room

Day 5
Ghee Xiang The most famous shop selling biscuits

Penang Airport back to kuching---the end of the trip