My Love Affair with Georgetown Chinatown

I am enraptured with Chinatown, the heart of Georgetown on Penang Island, Malaysia. I cannot deny my shameless bias for all things Chinese in multicultural Malaysia. Because I spend part of every year in China, I feel right at home in Chinatown everywhere but this one is special. Living in Penang for a month, I was drawn back almost every day to the streets and alleys and shops of Chinatown where I feasted with all my senses.

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Feasted on the architecture – the shophouses, some still in use, some neglected, some treasured.

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Feasted on all the signature details and designs on doors and floors and everywhere in between

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Feasted on the street art and the messages posted on walls

Feasted on the food and the fascinating ambiance of the local restaurants

Fatty Loh Chicken Rice restaurant and museum – not technically in Chinatown

Hon Kei Food Corner – amazing noodle soup

Tai Tong Restaurant – a favorite for food and lanterns

Feasted on the symbolism and traditions of Buddhist culture

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I was tantalized by closed doors and open passageways.

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Overwhelmed by a riot of colors and textures

Blending right in!

Overdosing on the public art and street murals.

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It took many days to see most of Chinatown, but only a few hours to fall in love.

There is more at photoblog of my 35 days of adventure in Penang.

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