10:40 07/07/2013 After our historical jaunt concluded at Jubilee clock tower. We’d walk towards the Logan Heritage building swerving from dozens of paired participants racing on an event. It was some sort of Amazing Race version in Penang style. Looking at their puzzled faces, we can tell they’d some challenges interpreting the clues. Since it’s none of our business helping them to figure it out. We head straight of Lebuh Pantai and continued with our traipsing.
Another thought was to rent a bike, but knowing our legs and thighs had been stretched a bit earlier, we rescind. So we resume walking and finally reached the assembly area of Heritage Walk in Georgetown.
There is no need to register for this event. You just need to follow the herd, where a local guide leads the walk while explaining each remarkable landmarks along the planned route.
|Friendly staff of Heritage Walk|
Another highlight of this Heritage walk was the performance of Silat Martial Artists. Silat is a traditional Martial art originated from the state of Kedah, the neighboring state of Penang.
We’d witnessed real action and face to face combat from the Silat martial artists. But it was done less violent manner. Every time they were in a fighting stance, the crowd roars and cheers them. For us, it was more of a shooting scene in a movie surrounded by a crowd and curious tourist.
Aside from the historical landmarks of Georgetown, the street arts was another reason to visit this UNESCO heritage site. The street art that gives new life to the decrepit structures. The famous murals were done by the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic.
|Boy and real motorcycle, an example of Mural-Contemporary art by Ernest Zacharevic.|
|The famous Boy and Girl on a bicycle at Lebuh Armenian|
Aside from paintings, the steel rod caricatures on the streets of Georgetown was also worth visiting.
Every caricature portray a different story of what was Penang in the past. Like the picture below depicts a man with two roles during the colonial era, a police same time as a firefighter.