Malaysia, George Town Guide (B): Strolling Down Armenian Street

Strolling Down Armenian Street
Armenian Street (Lebuh Armenia) is one of my favorite streets in Penang's heritage enclave. It's only a few blocks long, but this street seems to have something that grabs my attention almost every other house. When I add in some excellent shops, street art, and nearby restaurants, I've rounded out a couple hours of exploration. The street takes its name from the Armenians that lived in the area such as the Sarkies Brothers, developers of Singapore's famed Raffles Hotel and George Town's own Eastern & Oriental Hotel. In George Town's early days, it was called Malay Lane from the village of locals living here but was later renamed Pak Thang-ah Kay(Copper Worker's Street) by the Chinese because this is where they could buy brass- and copperwares. For the filming of Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat, this road stood in for a 19th-century Bangkok Street.

The most photographed place on Armenian Street is probably the Kids on Bikes Street Art by Ernest Zacharevic at the corner of Armenian and Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai). On weekends, a line stretches across the sidewalk of people waiting to take a creatively posed picture with the pair, but I always like to visit it on quiet, weekday mornings when no one is around.

A few steps down the narrow street, you will find the entrance to the Cheah Kongsi, one of Malayisa's oldest kongsi's, a clan association where Chinese living outside of China who have the same surname could join together for support. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Strolling Down Armenian Street
Guide Location: Malaysia » George Town
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Armenian Street   Beach Street   Cheah Kongsi   Nyonya Beaded Shoes Store   Chin Seng Leong   Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple   Cannon Street   Acheen Street Mosque   Choo Chee Keong Temple   Yap Temple   China Joes   Bon Ton the Shop   Jonathan Yun Sculptural Jewelry   Studio Howard   Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base   Edelweiss Cafe   Cozy in the Rocket   China House  
Author: Michele Chan-thomson
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