Reveal the History of Overseas Chinese Mechanics through Air Itam War Memorial Park

Willing to sacrifice for the nation is the best term used to describe the overseas Chinese mechanics (also known as Nanqiao Ji Gong) when they decided to return to China during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. In 1939, more than 3000 young men from South-East Asia left their families and homes voluntarily to travel to Yunnan-Burma Road at China to work as drivers and mechanics. The monument located at Air Itam Penang is built in memory of them. 

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Old Street Nostalgia: Getting to Know Penang’s Beach Street

When talking about the Penang’s atmospheric street with most coveted in terms of heritage, Beach Street undoubtedly tops the list. As one of the oldest streets in Georgetown, it have amassed an impressive history: the street are lined with heritage buildings with Neoclassical architecture and facade, which will give you a feel of how it was like back in the British colonial era. Beach Street is best explored on foot; let’s make this wistful walkway part of your daily Penang routine and discover the fascinating stories behind it.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Blue Mansion

Tucked in the charming Leith Street, there’s a indigo-blue mansion blends elements of Hakka & Teochew style – so called the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion in Penang. This Chinese courtyard-style building, was where Cheong Fatt Tze – the richest man in Nanyang (Southeast Asia), lived with his favourite seventh wife at the end of 19th century. The indigo-blue outer walls, without a doubt, deserves a mention. The paints used was made by indigofera arrecta – one of the major sources that widespread in Penang with a very long history of use as a dye. This natural colorants derived from natural plants was non-fading and has contributed to its sublime beauty.

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Mark your calendar, Penang Chinese New Year Celebrations day-by-day!

Chinese New year is around the corner, I think all of you can’t wait to celebrate a blessed new year! In Malaysia, Penang has the most Chinese among the states and hence, the atmosphere of Chinese New Year in Penang is strong, there are activities almost every day. If you want to experience the lively mood of Penangite celebrating Chinese New Year, and do not mind the crowded people, you will definitely have a good time!

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Celebrate The Birthday Of Tua Pek Kong With Hakka Banquet At Balik Pulau

Originally from northern China, the Hakkas migrated to Penang in the mid of 19th century. The Hakka community which mainly live at Balik Pulau is then determined to build a temple over there to pray for the blessing of peace, heath and wealth. Most of them joined the Hakka-dominated Hai San, which is allied to the Hokkien-dominated Tua Pek Kong Society. Although this ancient temple has a long history, it never been forgotten by the prayers.

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Nyonya Story

A group of writers from Taiwan, such as Y filmed their second Penang commemorative photo in the blue-green house which dazzles under the bright sunshine. There was once when Y visited Penang, a very fresh, unfamiliar name known as “Pinang Peranakan Mansion” caught Y’s eyes! “What (or who) are the ‘Baba’ and ‘Nyonya’?

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