Sunday, 3 March 2013

Historic Georgetown

Georgetown is a World Heritage City and it has some amazing buildings. It is an interesting place as some buildings are beautifully maintained, others are a bit down at heel and others look almost derelict, but they are all jumbled up together in a small area.
The first picture is of the Goddess of Mercy temple that was completed in the year 1,800. We didn't go in as it all looked too intimidating, but and very smokey.
The second is a mansion that we visited today called the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. It was a typical home of a wealthy Straits Chinese family at the end of the 19th century. It reminded me a bit of our old flat in The Park as it was built at roughly the same time. The mansion has almost identical Milton tiles as our old flat, but also Scottish ironwork and intricate Chinese carved wooden panels.
I particularly loved the painting on the door of a Temple that the builders constructed next door for the original family to worship in.
The picture is on the outside of the front door and I think it would certainly put any kids off the idea of knocking on it and then running away!

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