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January 10, 2008

Edelweiss Cafe: My Favorite Hang Out Place in Penang

Edelweiss Cafe, Georgetown, PenangEdelweiss Cafe, one of the food and entertainment establishments at Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Loaded with heaps of character, this restored pre-war heritage building is now proudly owned by a Swiss gentleman and his wife. This is easily one of the coolest hang out places in Penang--complete with antique furniture, Nyonya artifacts, and that very homey and intimate ambience. So, bring your best buds or family and just chill out. While you are at it, try their house special cheese fondue.

Click on the image above or here to view my pictures of Edelweiss Cafe, Penang.

Edelweiss Cafe
38, Armenian Street,
10200 Penang
Tel: 04-261-8935

Business Hours:

12 noon to 11pm
Closed on Mondays

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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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January 7, 2008

Photoblog: Georgetown at Night

Georgetown at NightAn empty and deserted street in Georgetown, Penang. Day or night time, the narrow streets of Georgetown exude a nostalgic aura of bygone eras.

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January 6, 2008

Dying Trade of Penang: Paper Lantern

Paper Lantern--A Dying Trade in PenangPaper lantern at the entrace of Yap Kongsi, Georgetown, Penang.

Paper lanterns are mostly found outside of the Chinese clan houses in Penang, it's beautiful and truly an art form. Unfortunately, paper lantern is a dying trade in Penang.

To visit the last workshop standing, please go to:

Tua Keat Seng
42 Magazine Road,
Georgetown, Penang
Open Daily from 8.00am to 3.00pm

To check out other dying trades in Penang, please view Journey Malaysia's article here.

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