Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Before I came to Georgetown, Penang, I had images of the colorful colonial houses, the street art, and the hawker foods in my mind. Actually walking through its streets, I discovered a lot more about Penang’s character. From its multicultural influences and history to the everyday happenings along its streets, join me on a photowalk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

There are a lot of ways of exploring Georgetown. There’s the Central Area Transit (CAT) bus route going around town which you can catch for free. If you’re in for a little throwback feel, you can take the rickshaw. Going around by bicycle is also an option. But for me, walking is without a doubt the best way to explore this colorful town, especially if you’re on the lookout for the cool street arts.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

At first, I was only focused on finding these burgeoning street art installations. However, the more I walked through Georgetown’s main streets and narrow alleys, the more I found myself enjoying small slices of history and life in Georgetown.

Apart from street art and hawker foods, here are a few snaps from photowalking the streets of Georgetown, Penang.

Georgetown, Penang’s Shophouses

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Shophouses in Georgetown

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Five-foot walkway

The shophouses also have their own unique architectural features revealing the influence of Chinese and European styles. This door, for example, is a representative of most shophouse styles in Georgetown.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Typical shophouse door

The carved timber door, butterfly-shaped air vents and small shrine at the right of the five-foot way are all from Chinese influence.  The tiles below the windows are touches of Europe. Some shops, however, are now converted into roll up shutter doors.

What I loved about strolling along the row of shophouses is peeking through the array of goods they sell, from ceramics, metals and food to religious items, and what have you.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

All sorts of goods sold along the shophouses

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

One thing I found strange though are some bathroom sinks located along the five-foot walkway.

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Why are these sinks along the walkway?

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Little India

I’ve never been to India, so walking through an Indian bazaar is something cool. The area covers three streets – Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Pasar. I let my senses feast on the traditional costumes, jewelry items, spices on sale and the Indian music playing in the air. The literally bloody Bollywood movie posters definitely caught my attention.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Shops along Little India

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Makes me think Little India will be much more interesting at night

Places of Worship

Georgetown represents a fusion of cultures from Malaysia, India and China, as well as British influence. In fact, there’s a single street in Georgetown called the Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling Street, where different places of worship are harmoniously co-existing. Hence, it is also known as the Harmony Street.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

St. George’s Church

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Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Kuan Ying Teng

Market

Street markets define the character that is Asia. I came upon one along the area of Jalan Chowrasta and Penang Road. This is the place for cheap bargains, souvenirs and local products, the most famous of which is buah pala or nutmeg.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

A variety of dry goods

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

The street is literally his stall

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Fresh catch

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Colorful fruits, dried or fresh

The Nature Side

Georgetown may not be the part of Penang to enjoy nature but there are a few corners of the city where you can see greens and the sea.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

A “green” building in the middle of the urbanscapes

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Outside the historical Fort Cornwallis

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Yes, it’s a cemetery. Care for some fresh air?

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown’s seaside

The Little Things

While walking the streets of Georgetown, I clicked on anything that captured my attention, even the little things mundane. Here are some snaps.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Who would have thought I’d find LOVE at Georgetown’s love lane?

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

It feels so lonely being dumped in a corner

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

Empty

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

I don’t understand what is written but that nail was surely useful

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, Penang

What’s with the Minions in Georgetown? They are scattered around town – as street art, in backdrops, on rickshaws and bikes for rent.

To sum it up, the long photowalks were all worth it. I extremely enjoyed walking down the streets of Georgetown, Penang despite the heat of the sun. I hope you enjoyed the walk with me.

Photowalking the Streets of Georgetown, PenangAuthor Bio

Jing Calonge is an environmental consultant from the Philippines who happens to love travel and photography. She considers traveling the best way to discover not just the world outside but to learn of oneself. She writes about her travel experiences at www.findingjing.com. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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