Talking Walls

Each city has a character of its own which portrays the people living there. The appearance & the overall surroundings help build a character which attracts travelers towards it. The Art & Architecture of the town paves way to prompting it as a tourist destination… So reader’s today, we are talking about a place where there is Art & History on every street

Blessed with an amazing coastline in the Asian subcontinent & known for shopping, is the city of Penang in the Malay Peninsula. I recently had an opportunity to participate in a familiarization tour of Malaysia arranged by the Malaysia tourism board for Agents & media. We had a good 2 nights rocking stay at Hard Rock Penang, right on the Batu Ferringhi beach with awesome views & endless entertainment.

This City once a British colony takes you back to the 1900 era. The walking tour started with the Harmony Street. We visited St George’ church, Sri Mariamnman temple & Kalpitan keling mosque where three cultures reside a few blocks away in peace. China town & little India add to the diversity of Region. Though, the most fascinating part for me was to see the painted walls, all over the George Town with street art, murals & Welded iron caricature’s giving out an inspirational messages. These landmarks are UNESCOs World Heritage Sites.

The talented artist Ernest Zacharevic in 2012, painted 11 murals all around the city making theses colonial walls a photo stop for every visitor. These 3D murals which bring painted walls to life are mostly clustered on the Armenia street. Mentioning only a few for now. Others you may discover yourself when in Penang, before they fade away.

We happened to notice cute little boy on a chair trying to reach up the shelf to find something. Ahead was the most renowned painting in which there was a girl & boy enjoying their bicycle ride… people waited for their turn to take some crazy photos with bicycle. After a long queue even I grabbed the opportunity & took my perfect shot (with help of our Guide) .Believe me this was the best I can think of, at that moment. If you’re tired of walking, you may opt for a new mode of transport, the trishaw or a double seat bicycle (couples) which you can hire & explore the city!

Adding to the fun was the most innovative ice cream. I had the dragon ice ball at the Art of dragon Gallery, which is a huge ice cream ball overlapped with lots of ice. The mega ice cream was the Ice kacange that can serve 5 people at a time .It was a heavenly experience to walk down the lane, along with drizzling rains & a dragon Ice ball. Enjoying the views is the best you can do after healing your tastes buds…!!

Moving ahead to the Gurney drive coast and admiring the sunset just opposite, is the Gurney Plaza shopping mall. The Gurney plaza offers all the international brands under one roof. At night the streets are filled with numerous people searching for their choices in the night market. This market opens at 6 pm and continues until midnight with various options from clothes, bags, beach wear, handicrafts & souvenirs mainly & much more. Along with the market food stalls with local delicacies. You can walk from your hotel to the Batu Ferringhi Beach.

I discovered the peaceful & artistic character of Penang. Which brought my true crazy self out, leaving me amazed.

So when are you getting amazed..??

Harsha Sawant
(Destination Management)