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Heritage Enclave Walking Tour, George Town

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Heritage Enclave Walking Tour
Heritage Enclave Walking Tour (22 May, 2011)

The Heritage Enclave Walking Tour is a popular self-guided walking tour of George Town. It takes you through the George Town Heritage Enclave, covering the following streets: Acheen Street, Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Soo Hong Lane and Beach Street.

Start Point: Intersection of Beach Street with Acheen Street.
End Point: Intersection of Beach Street with Armenian Street.

(The Start and End points are chosen so that it is easy for you to get there from the Weld Quay Bus Terminal. Walk along Weld Quay until you reach Acheen Street Ghaut. Walk along Acheen Street Ghaut until you reach Start point. At end of tour, walk along Armenian Street Ghaut till Weld Quay, then return to the Bus Terminal.)

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At start point, admire Gudang Acheh on your left. It has a steel-rod sculpture entitled Escape. Then continue down Acheen Street until you arrive at the Acheen Street Mosque . Spend some time to explore the mosque, noting in particular the pothole on the minaret. According to legend, it was created by a cannon that was fired during the Penang Riots of 1867. See the Cannon Hole sculpture at the junction of Cannon Street and Armenian Street.

Continue down Acheen Street until junction with Armenian Street. On many afternoons, there will be a flea market happening in this area. Continue down Armenian Street. On your left is the Syed Alatas Mansion , which once served as the now-closed Penang Islamic Museum. A short distance down the road is the Sun Yat Sen Museum . It is housed in a shophouse where Dr Sun Yat Sen once used as his Penang base.

Armenian Street curves to the right. Admire the eclectic mix of architecture, with older, shorter buildings next to newer, taller ones. At the junction with Cannon Street is Yap Temple .

Go down Cannon Street until close to the junction with Acheen Street, to view the "Reaching Up" mural . Then back track to enter the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi , the most opulent clan temple in George Town. After visiting Khoo Kongsi, return to the junction of Armenian Street, then enter another passageway to visit Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple , which served as the headquarters of the Khean Teik Tong during the Penang Riots.

From Hock Teik Cheng Sin, continue down Armenian Street, passing a number of street art on your left. They include the This Old Man mural, Procession sculpture and Too Narrow sculpture. Enter the narrow portion of Soo Hong Lane to view I Can help Catch Rats mural and No Animal Discrimination Please mural.

Enter through the Chinese gate to visit Cheah Kongsi , recently expanded with an enlarged courtyard. Then return to Armenian Street. Near the junction with Beach Street you pass by another mural, Little Children On A Bicycle .

Sights on this Walking Tour

  1. Gudang Acheh
  2. "Escape" sculpture
  3. Acheen Street Mosque
  4. "Cannon Hole" Sculpture
  5. Syed Alatas Mansion
  6. Sun Yat Sen Museum
  7. Yap Temple
  8. "Reaching Up" mural
  9. Khoo Kongsi
  10. Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple
  11. "This Old Man" mural
  12. "Procession" sculpture
  13. "Too Narrow" sculpture
  14. "I Can Help Catch Rats" mural
  15. "No Animal Discrimination" mural
  16. Cheah Kongsi
  17. "Little Children On A Bicycle" mural

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