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The Lebuh Pantai Fire and Rescue Station 2023

Built in 1908, the Central Fire Station is Malaysia’s oldest surviving fire station.

Up until the late 19th century, residents of George Town had to rely on the police to help put out flames, tackle wildlife problems and other emergencies.

In 1898, a fire brigade was finally set up, comprising 10 trained volunteers equipped with a steam power pump carted by four horses.

It wasn’t until 10 years later, however, that the Central Fire Station was built.

The largely Edwardian two-storey building was fitted with a Mughal-style watchtower - topped with a finialed dome - that was used for observation, training and to dry off water hoses.

The Central Fire Station remains in operation 115 years later, with some new additions.

The original louvred wood shutters were replaced by colonial grid windows, and at the back of the building, a three-storey barracks was added to house firefighters and their families.

But perhaps most striking is the new red and white paint job that accentuates the building’s symmetrical beauty and classic features.

So striking, in fact, that the building got an honourable mention in Accidentally Wes Anderson, the bible of nostalgia aesthetics.

The fire station is one of 82 historic buildings listed as Category 1 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More recently, it was known as the Beach Street Fire Station up until 2019, when it reverted to its original name.

To commemorate its storied past, the station’s squad - led by former station chief Mohamad Rafizi Arafpin - have set up a mini gallery on site.

Items on display include old photographs, a vintage bicycle fitted with a water hose carriage, as well as different types of firefighter garb. Young visitors can even put on a kids’ uniform and sit in a fire truck - a front seat glimpse into the life of a hero.

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Street Art Penang 2023

from my trip to Penang earlier this year, a look at some of the lesser well documented street art, but no less skilled.
Please click on link to see whole video and I hope you enjoy it.

Penang, Malaysia is renowned for its vibrant street art scene. The island’s capital, George Town, is home to numerous captivating murals and installations that have become a major tourist attraction1. The street art history in Penang began in 2012 when Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created a series of interactive murals for the George Town Festival2. Since then, other artists have contributed to the city’s street art landscape.

To explore Penang’s street art, you can embark on a self-guided walking tour in George Town.

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Street Art Alor Setar

Malaysia 2023

I recently visited Alor Setar in Malaysia and found some beautiful and unexpected street art around the city.

Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah in Malaysia, is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene. While Alor Setar may not be as renowned for street art as some other cities, it does boast a few notable pieces that add color and creativity to its streets. Here are a few examples of street art you can find in Alor Setar

Remember that street art is dynamic, and new pieces may appear while others may change or be removed over time. These were seen and photographed in April 2023.

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Street Art Alor Setar

Malaysia 2023

I recently visited Alor Setar in Malaysia and found some beautiful and unexpected street art around the city.

Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah in Malaysia, is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene. While Alor Setar may not be as renowned for street art as some other cities, it does boast a few notable pieces that add color and creativity to its streets. Here are a few examples of street art you can find in Alor Setar

Remember that street art is dynamic, and new pieces may appear while others may change or be removed over time. These were seen and photographed in April 2023.

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Rumah Merdeka -Alor Setar

Malaysia

I had the pleasure of visiting this lovely, understated home when i visited Alor Setar in April 2023. The house is now a museum to the first Prime minister of Malaysia.

About Rumah Merdeka
Merdeka means a lot to every Malaysian. The word was chanting out seven times, profoundly, by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the ceremony of celebrating the independence day of Malaysia.

The House of Merdeka or Rumah Merdeka, indeed, is the house of the first prime minister of this land, Tunku Abdul Rahman. He is also known as Bapa Malaysia and Bapa Kemerdekaan.

The best option to see old Malay Mansion in fantastic condition.
Tunku Abdul Rahman's house was built on a piece of land that was previously owned by his mother, Che Menjalara, who subsequently bequeathed it to him. The Tunku originally built a wooden house here during the Japanese Occupation, in 1942, called it Rumah Jalan Baru. He rebuilt the lower portion of that house with bricks in 1953, but retained the wooden top part.

I hope you enjoy looking round it and its gardens as much as I did, very much a 'get away from it all," place..

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