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  • ombugge
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    Queen Victoria Clock Tower has become something of a symbol of Penang:

    ​Built to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 by generous donation from the Chinese merchant Cheah Chen Eok.

    From the sunny side:


    Next to it is a modern decorative feature:

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  • ombugge
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    This one has become a Restaurant with a fanciful name:




    Not sure whether this was once a Grand Villa or an institutional building:

    Not sure what it is used for now either.

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  • ombugge
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    Back to Malaysia, but to Penang this time. The history of Penang is not as long as that of Malacca and there has been only one European Colonial Master (+ Japanese during WWII). Here is a brief history of Penang, or Prince of Wales Island as it was once called. Penang was also one of the Straits Settlements, together with Malacca and Singapore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Penang

    Maybe the most interesting things in Penang is the many Colonial buildings still standing and in use. (Dilapidated and abandoned building already posted in the appropriate thread)
    Naturally the majority of such buildings exists in the Georgetown area, which was the centre of British colonial administration and trade from 1792 to 1957, but there are also the Hill station at Penang Hill, where the British administrators would go to get some reprieve from the oppressive heat during the SW Monsoon season (May to Sept.)

    There are also the Grand Villas of the rich Chinese merchants along the beach at Northam Road, many of which has been converted to commercial and institutional use. So let us start there. Here is one such Grand Villa which has been used as front for the modern Wawasan Open University:




    Some Grand Villas are still used as private residences though:




    This last one even with a statue of a soldier standing guard at the gate:



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  • ombugge
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    Thanks. Now corrected.

  • wherrygirl
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    That's weird, they're not in my Sent folder, either! All they said was that you had mistakenly doubled up on the water wheel at #72, instead of showing the modern hotel.

  • ombugge
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    I haven't received any PM from you???

  • wherrygirl
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    Ombugge, I sent you a couple of PM's. Action?????

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  • ombugge
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    That is it. Farewell to Malacca for this time.

    Here is our ride back home:


    A Rest Area along the North/South Highway had this fountain as it's centre piece:


    Nice shady place to stretch your feet:


    We stayed at the Jonker Boutique Hotel in China Town, which was quite nice and can be recommended to any CVF members that intend to visit Malacca in the future: http://www.jonkerboutiquehotel.com/ourhotel.html

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  • ombugge
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    Staircase to heaven???:

    I don't see any other purpose.

    The shop houses on the old reclaimed land is only partly occupied and few of the shops and businesses looked like open:


    But at least this Irish Pub was open for business:

    Very welcome after that walk along the river.

    An overly decorated Trishaw waiting for tourists at the Stadthuys:

    There were some with even mode outlandish decoration and loud music to go with it.

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  • ombugge
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    One ferry alongside:


    And one spare on the other side:


    And a RIB to chase away illegal immigrants:


    This one hasn't been chasing anything for a long time:

    It has been there for many years, but looks well maintained.

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  • ombugge
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    There is still a little activity at the small port outside the barrage:






    An impressive International Ferry Terminal:

    But not much activity.

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  • wherrygirl
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    Many thanks for the explanation, Ombugge.

  • ombugge
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    We continue our River walk:






    We are now in an area that was reclaimed quite long ago and the buildings shows that:


    The Flood Barrage with a small lock to let boats in and out:


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  • ombugge
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    And here it is, Malacca River.
    Looking upriver, towards the old bridge near the Stadthuys:


    Looking downriver, toward the replica of a Portuguese Galleon and the flood control gate:


    The only activity on the river now is the River Cruises for tourists:


    And this water wheel:


    Walking downriver along the right bank we first come to a modern tourist hotel called Casa Del Rio:


    A view of the other bank with the Maritime Museum and the Flor de la Mar:

    Here is a link: http://wikimapia.org/149625/Maritime...uguese-Galleon
    Last edited by ombugge; July 26th, 2014, 03:51.

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  • ombugge
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    This used to be a fairly good restaurant standing out on the water:

    Now a Beer Garden far away from any sea breezes and closed in daytime.

    We used to eat Roasted Quails there, when staying across the road, at this Condominium:


    Enough from our walk back to old haunts. Next to the main reason for the existence of Malacca, or at least for it's establishment, some 600 years ago.

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