2.4.2 Value to be preserved in term of multi-cultural architecture influence The other value should be preserved is about the architecture which are have a multi- cultural influence and using a “hybrid style” peculiar to the region. For instance, Kapitan Kling Mosque and Clock Tower Figure 4: Multi-cultural architecture influence 2.4.3 Value to be preserved in term of the intangible heritage Cultural heritage in Georgetown is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. A broader definition includes intangible aspects of a particular culture, often maintained by social customs during a specific period in history. These include social values and traditions, customs and practices, aesthetic and spiritual beliefs, artistic expression, language and other aspects of human activity. Figure 5: Culture of the people in Georgetown Penang encompasses the rituals, social practices, cuisine, costumes, crafts… 2.4.4 Penang culture asset Penang is known for its cultural diversity where each historic community still maintains its own traditions, performing arts and crafts. Penang has a tradition of street culture enlivened by celebrations, festivals, theatre, traders and hawkers of different ethnic groups. Penang’s local culture has been constantly evolving and changing as it dialogues with modernity, global culture and technology. Penang has a lively modern music scene as exemplified in the number of pop and marching bands, two symphony orchestras and many fine pianists, violinists etc. Penang has produced famous performers, artists and poets in the country (eg; Dennis Lee, Chuah Thean Teng, Mohd. Haji Salleh, P Ramlee, Ah Gu) 2.4.5 Unique cultural in Penang With cultural diversity come numerous cultural and religious holidays and celebrations. When arrived at George Town Penang, everyone can see the celebration mingling of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabic and European cultures. Enjoy the celebration and festivals that reflects what is in Asia. Visit Penang during one of many Malaysian festivals to enjoy the celebration and festivities, all on one small island. The most renowned temple is of course Kek Lok Si, wich is the most visited tourist spot at the foothills at Penang Hill, adjacent to Penang Hill railway station is the newly restore Thni Kong Tnua or Jade Emperor God’s temple. Penang Hill is a place for relaxation. Visit Chinese clan houses, the snake temple, Fort Cornwallis, Air Itam, Kuang Imm Teng, museum, churches, mosque and many places. Besides that, in George Town also have peranakan nyonya. Nyonya refers to the women who are decedents of the early Chinese settlers in Malaysia. Most of them married the local people or adopted the some Malay Cultural practices resulting in a unique culture which mix of Malay and Chinese. These people also refer to as the Peranakans or Baba and Nyonyas. Baba is refer to the male peranakans. 2.4.6 Penang food George Town is also the place for a Penang food discovery. Be sure to sample the infinite array of Penang street food and Nyonya cuisine. There is a wide variety of food that s uniquely Penang or Malaysia. The Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Peranakanan Nyonya, food and even the fusion of continental cuisines. Penang offer the best of Malaysian street food or better known as hawker food. Penang is often refer to as the food capital of Malaysia. The best of Penang hawker can range from rice dishes to noodles and snacks. The most famous of street food is usually a fusion of what is a combination of Asian food such as Suno-Malay, Indian- Muslim. Typical of Penang hawker food are hokkien mee, laksa, char kueh teow, chee chung fun, lobak or otak otak, pasembur, etc. However don’t leave Penang without tasting the unique local Nyonya cuisine ( Nyonya / peranakan cuisine ) which is a mix of Chinese and Malay cooking. Often of the food cooked with aromatic herbs and of course Nyonya kueh also farmed throughout Malaysia, that originated here.
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