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52 Marking You Should Never Miss in Penang (Part III)

31. QUIET PLEASE
To the dismay of parishioners of the Portuguese church there. Church Street also housed the headquarters of the notorious Ghee Hin secret society.
Location: Lebuh Gereja

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32. MAHJONG
Mahjong (The game of sparrows) a favourite pastime for the elderly.
Location: Lorong Stewart

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33. BUDGET HOTELS
At the turn of the last century many shophouses were turned into cheap hotels and making this internationally known tourist strip very popular with backpackers.
Location: Lebuh Chulia

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34. NO MORE RED TAPE
Transfer Road is named after the event of the transfer of Straits Settlement from Indian office to colonial office in Singapore. In 1867, resulted in a more efficient admin station and an era of great prosperity of the crown coloneles.
Location: Jalan Transfer

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35. TEMPLE DAY
During the first and fifteenth day of every lunar month the goddess of Mercy Temple is a packed with devotees seekin divine guidance.
Location: Lorong Muda

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36. GOLD TEETH
The traditional Indian goldsmith sat cross legged on a floor mat. Bent over a small bench to work their work demanded patience creativity and skill.
Location: Lebuh Queen

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37. GEDUNG RUMPUT
While its royal English name sound very grand, it’s also locally known as “Gedung Rumput” or Grass Godonm with bullock carts being parked along this wide street.
Location: Lebuh Queen

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38. SPY
In the early 20th century the slightly trisque reputation of this area was further enhance by the presence of Japanese camera shops which were suspected of covert spying activities.
Location: Lebuh Cintra

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39. RETAIL PARADISE
Campbell Street is Penang’s Fifth Avenue, a retail paradise where shoppers can stroll along the row of shophouses and feast their eyes on an array of goods.
Location: Lebuh Campbell

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40. PILGRIMS
Much of the traffic of pilgrims to and from Muslim Holy Land for the haj went through Acheen Street, where tickets for the trip were sold. Shopping was also a favourite activity for both pilgrims and their well-wishers.
Location: Gat Lebuh Acheh

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41. HIGH COUNTER
The counter of the pawnshop is typically higher for security.
Location: Lebuh Carnarvon

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42. KANDAR
Nasi Kandar originated from Tamil Muslims. Hawking home cooked curry dishes and rice from containers slung on both ends of a Kandar (Wooden Stick).
Location: Lebuh Ah Quee

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43. AH QUEE?
The street is named after Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee who generously donated his house to the Municipality for vehichular access, ensuring that his name lives on for posterity.
Location: Lebuh Ah Quee

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44. DUCK
Also known as “Chicken Alley”. This lane was once used by poulterers.
Location: Lorong Che Em

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45. SHORN HAIR
Barbers used to operate here. Shorn hair was simply swept into the Prangin canal.
Location: Jalan Sungai Ujong

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46. DOUBLE ROLE
Up until 1909 the police doubled as George Town’s firefifghters.
Location: Gat Lebuh Chulia

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47. ‘YEOH’ ONLY
Yeoh Kongsi was established in 1836 to look after the welfare of the newly arrived Yeoh clansmen.
Location: Gat Lebuh Chulia

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48. CANNON HOLE
A cannon shot fired during the 1867. Penang riots made a large hole in this area hence the name.
Location: Lebuh Cannon

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49. SAME TASTE, SAME LOOK
Here your find traditional Cantonese restaurants serving Dim Sum.
Location: Lebuh Cintra

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50. THEN & NOW
The Hokkiens called this street Par Thang Ah Kay or Coopersmiths Street, a reference to the early Malay orazlery making brass and copper wares.
Location: Lebuh Armenian

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51. IRONSMITH
The striking of the lone ironsmith’s hammer can still be heard along the street where once every tool had to be fashioned by heat and hand not machines.
Location: Lorong Tok Aka

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52. CHINGAY
The Penang Chinese first performed Chingay in 1919 during deity processions. Today, the art has envolved to become a unique multiracial performance.
Location: Pengkalan Weld

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