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Arches & Archways in George Town, Penang

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2009
Filed Under: Featured, Penang, Photos

The architecture of Penang reflects the 171 years of British presence in the Malaysian state of Penang, coalescing with local, Chinese, Indian, Islamic and other elements to create a unique and distinctive brand of architecture.

My thoughts through the lens

All photos and texts by Calvin Kwok

On this particular photo essay, I chose to focus on the arches and archways found at most of the buildings which have been strongly influenced by the Colonial and other distinct eclectic styles. Some of the images of the buildings may have been documented countless of times but I intend to shed some light as well on some of the ‘lesser-known’ icons and walkways in an artistic yet photo journalistic way.

As I walked around with my trusty Nikon camera in hand, I find the buildings more and more fascinating, even for a local born Penangite like myself. I’ve come to truly appreciate each structure; each archway and each column represents our past and I hope they will forever remain the bulwark of George Town’s rich legacy for generations to come.

Penang Georgetown Stewart Lane
An old house off Stewart Lane

Church of The Assumption, Penang Georgetown
Church of The Assumption, Farquhar Street

Wan Hai Hotel, Penang Georgetown
Wan Hai Hotel, Stewart Lane

Penang Free School, Penang Georgetown
In perspective: Sunlight streaking in to illuminate the corridors of Penang Free School

Penang Free School
Penang Free School hall corridors, Jalan Masjid Negeri

outdoor restaurant menu
An outdoor restaurant menu, Love Lane, Penang Georgetown

Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel
Colonial inspired arches in Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel, Farquhar Street, Penang Georgetown

George Town
A row of archways taken along the interiors of George Town

Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang Georgetown
The façade of Kapitan Keling Mosque which drew inspiration from the Moorish Islamic architecture. This majestic building is located at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

main gate of Penang Free School
The main gate of Penang Free School (founded in 1816), Jalan Mesjid Negeri

St. George’s Church, Penang Georgetown
The oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia (built in 1816): The St. George’s Church looking resplendent with its arches and columns.

trishaw man, Penang Georgetown
A trishaw man strolls across a row of archways along Wan Hai Hotel, Stewart Lane.

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Born, bred and schooled within the vicinity of George Town; Penang has been my home for over twenty years. As a way of saying ‘Welcome to Penang’, I would like to share scenes of Penang with you from my perspective as a keen amateur photographer. More [+]

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2 Responses »

  1. Hi Calvin, can I use some picture about Penang Free School in my web? Credits will be written.

  2. Hi speedrider,
    Thanks for your request.
    You may use the PFS picture – can you please provide your website for viewing?