Penang – A History lesson!

There’s something about old colonial towns that always appeals to me. The photos of the past always seem that little bit more romantic. The mix of architecture a little more intriguing. The contrasting religions a little more curious.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3381.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3383.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3385.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3384.jpg

George Town is perhaps where the differences are the most obvious. You can be walking past a large colonial style porch-bedecked building on one street;

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3386.jpg

And then you turn a corner and you’re suddenly in the middle of Little India…

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3433.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3430.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3425.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3397.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3418.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3412.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3391.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3393.jpg

Once you’ve woven your way through the spicy samosa smells, Bollywood blaring from the streets, and shops upon shops of sari merchants, you’ve then stumbled into China Town…

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3380.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3428.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3446.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3422.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3451.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/caf/1410116/files/2015/01/img_3454.jpg

The beauty of this city is how the move from conclave to conclave never seems jarring, but a beautifully made quilt of cultural co-habitation.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s