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News @ George Town

News @ George Town

News @ George Town

Sharing Penang with the world

Sharing Penang with the world

By ANDREA FILMER THE George Town Festival is creating waves up north in Penang. Now in its second year, the month-long event in July celebrates the anniversary of the city making it to the Unesco World Heritage Site list. With a budget that’s triple that of 2010, this year’s organising committee is holding nothing back […]

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Take safety seriously

Take safety seriously

By KOW KWAN YEE Photos by GARY CHEN and MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI Safety concerns: A scene of the crowd and beach activities at the Batu Ferringhi beach yesterday after the horse incident which happened at another stretch on the famous tourism belt in Penang. TOURISTS are shocked over the latest accident on Batu Ferringhi beach […]

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An island to explore before you die

An island to explore before you die

THERE are, according to experts, close to 200,000 islands spread across the water bodies of our vast Earth. Some are in seas and oceans, others of reasonably appropriate size are on lakes and rivers. Some are continental, others are oceanic; some are natural, while a few are artificial. There are tropical islands, and islands in […]

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George Town’s heritage status may be in jeopardy

George Town’s heritage status may be in jeopardy

By WINNIE YEOH TAKE a walk around certain parts of George Town’s inner city such as Kimberly Street and Che Em Street, and one will be greeted by the unmistakable twittering of swiftlets in the air. These calls are not from the actual birds but recordings installed by owners of swiftlet houses to attract more […]

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Unesco warns Penang on swiftlet breeding shophouses

Unesco warns Penang on swiftlet breeding shophouses

By MANJIT KAUR GEORGE TOWN: Malacca and George Town’s joint Unesco World Heritage Site status may be in jeopardy due to the conversion of heritage buildings here into swiftlet breeding premises. Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has expressed concern over the matter following a series of reports the organisation had received. Centre director Francesco Banadarin said, […]

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Spiritual vows to fulfil

Spiritual vows to fulfil

By WINNIE YEOH and ANN TAN Photos by CHIN CHENG YEANG, GARY CHEN and FONG KEE SOON MUSIC blared away while thousands of devotees thronged Jalan Utama to participate in the annual Thaipusam celebration in Penang. Many tourists and domestic visitors took advantage to join in the event. It was celebrated in a grand manner […]

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Penang procession starts 6.30am tomorrow

Penang procession starts 6.30am tomorrow

THE 116th annual Silver Chariot procession will be held in Penang in conjunction with Thaipusam on Thursday. The chariot, bearing a magnificent statue of Lord Muruga, will depart from the Kovil Veedu or ‘temple house’ on Penang Road at 6.30am tomorrow. The procession will make its way to the Nattukottai Chettiar Temple on Waterfall Road […]

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Going to town spring cleaning

Going to town spring cleaning

A MASSIVE clean-up of the George Town heritage area saw some 500 volunteers fanning out to five areas including the historic clan jetties in Weld Quay to give a new look to the places. The participants of the ‘Spring Cleaning @ George Town World Heritage Site 2011’ campaign began their work earnestly from 9.30am to […]

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