Archaeologists working at the Sia Boey site have discovered the remnants of an old police barracks or station near the old entrance to the Prangin Canal from the sea. The station is believed to have been in existence in...
Was the chief of the Japanese police garrison in Butterworth, Suzuki, the "hippy" executioner, ever based at the occupied British garrison in Batu Maung, now the site of the Penang War Museum? Not likely, according to a 50-minute National...
On the second day of the Lunar New Year, heritage circles in Penang were abuzz with talk that several buildings in the Runnymede property in Penang - the site of Stamford Raffles home in Penang - were being demolished,...
The ruins of dormitories and leper homes, old reservoirs and undergound chambers, places of worship, jail cells, even a courtroom add an eerie touch to the island's natural greenery that should be preserved as a state treasure for Penang. I...
This was the building known as Raffles House in Penang, along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah/Northam Road. Notice the five 19th Century Doric order columns. It stood on the site of Stamford Raffles' house, which was damaged in a fire in...
This was a ferry shuttling to and from the Malayan Railway jetty along Weld Quay on the island and the railway station at Prai Junction on the mainland. Passengers could buy a rail ticket from the Malayan Railway office...
Update: Now, there is talk that there is a plan for a much smaller station at Sia Boey. This could be located at the car park so the archaeological findings and the canal are not disturbed. But then this...
For a long time, Bukit Mertajam was one of those places where time seemed to stand still and memories frozen in the past could be savoured in the present. Tang Loon Kong took a stroll down memory...
Here's something that some ex-Xaverians found out when they attended a reunion bash: St Xavier's Institution in Penang is probably the oldest surviving formal school in the land. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvoJyy_shTM?rel=0] The year 1852 inscribed on the school building is...
It seems like some people are jumping up and down after the archaeological discoveries at Sia Boey received tremendous coverage in the media, scuttling the plan to build a massive transport hub there. The widespread media publicity given to...

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