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January 9, 2008

Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang

Armenian Street, Georgetown, PenangArmenian Street is my favorite street in Georgetown, Penang. Located in the heritage enclave of Georgetown, this street oozes old world charm and is home to some of the oldest historical buildings in Penang. Along Armenian Street, you will find lots of beautiful heritage buildings--some of which have been restored to their original glory.

Armenian street also houses the famed Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Penang base (120 Armenian Street), Cheah Kongsi, Yap Kongsi Temple, Tua Pek Kong Temple, Edelweiss Cafe, a new art gallery, a very old barber shop (which my dad frequented when he was younger), and a couple of Chinese restaurants.

(Kongsi means Chinese clan house in Hokkien dialect; Cheah/谢 and Yap/叶 are common Chinese last names.)

In the next few days, I will take you on photo tours to some of the sights of Armenian Street. If you are in Penang, I strongly urge you to take a stroll along this street and check out the sights I mentioned above. You won't be disappointed, I promise.

Please also check out and mouse over this very cool interactive map of Armenian Street here.

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Anonymous vkeong said ... (January 10, 2008 3:50 AM) : 

I went there last year during the Chinese New Year festival and entered the Sun Yat Sen's base, it is indeed a interesting place


Blogger Ming the Merciless said ... (January 10, 2008 10:04 AM) : 

I really love this photo. I like the way it was captured, the contrast between the old walls and the new street sign, and the story behind in.

Great stuff!


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