THE STORYKEEPERS

 

----- Please read FIRST OUTING! (part I) first

After the museum, we hit the road again, going into every building we see. However, disappointment looms as the Cathedral of Assumption and St George’s Church were closed for renovation.

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St. George's Church. Note the beautiful series of Roman arch windows alternated with a series of rectangular Doric columns that support the entablature.
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Cathedral of Assumption. This building was based in the concept of early Christian basilica. Shown here is one of the two bell towers. Note the fan lights with moulded relief arch.
For lunch, we headed for Banana Leaf Rice! We went on a wild goose chase, akin to aunties picking the best bunch of vegetables, choosing for a cheap place with good ambience for banana leaf rice. Guess persistence pays, because what we found was this!
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Food was really good, and the price is very reasonable. The boys had a blast (all the refills you want).

After lunch, we decided to head to the Pinang Peranakan house. On the way, we passed by some good attempts at restoration. Really brings out the quaint eh?
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This is eye candy.
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Facade of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion
The Peranakan Mansion. The admission price was RM 10, but we managed to reduce it to RM 8 (ahhh, it’s good to be students). This mansion comes with an attached temple! How’s that?

Once home to one of Penang’s most notorious mafia head (of Ghee Hin), it was sold for a million ringgit, and it took another 2million ringgit for restoration. Style is similar to Cheng Fatt Tze, though much modern in terms of decoration and use of spaces. One can observe that the previous owner is trying to adapt to the western way of life, while not forgetting his eastern roots. For instance, when  guests from overseas come visiting for dinner, they will be brought to the dining room with eastern settings, and vice versa. Not bad eh?
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The western dining room
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The eastern dining room
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Spacious walkway connecting
front of house
and the kitchen

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Balcony of the master bedroom. Traditionally, the master bedroom faces the main entrance so that the head of the house can observe the on-goings in his house. Note the intricate iron cast railings
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The attached temple where the ancestors are worshipped. Today, the descendants still come and perform religious rites dutifully as a sign of fillial piety.
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Facade of the temple.
We decided to call it a day after that (After roaming about for 7 hours!). On the way to catch the bus, we stumbled upon a replica of Khoo Khongsi.
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It certainly bears resemblance to Khoo Khongsi ya?
Not sure what it is for. It is locked anyway, so no chance to poking around.

Reluctantly, we ended our outing. However, we made plans to see Georgetown at night, which we did very spontaneously that following Monday! Will write about it soon.

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