Penang, famed as the Pearl of the Orient, has been the meeting place of cultural currents from India and China, as well as insular and mainland Southeast Asia. As a key commercial port of the British East India Company from 1786, it was drawn into the international trading route. Ship captains and seafaring merchants chose to retreat to this strategically situated island, while miners and planters who made their fortunes in neighbouring lands built their incredible homes here. Penang’s capital, the port city of George Town, is now a World Heritage Site, reflecting its rich history, vernacular architecture and its own unique version of multiculturalism. This book celebrates the distinctive architecture and lifestyle of the heritage houses of Penang.
“The photographs – by French photographer Halim Berbar – of some of these historical structures (and trimmings) leap out of this coffee table book and delight like a feast of many colourful dishes.” SH Lim, Time Out Kuala Lumpur
About the Author
Khoo Salma Nasution is a fifth generation Penang Nyonya. After a liberal arts education at Duke University in the U.S., she rediscovered the cultural riches of her hometown. Since 1989, she has been writing on the local history and heritage of Penang, celebrating its wonderful architecture and focusing especially on its historic capital George Town. This is her ninth book.
About the Photographer
Halim Berbar was born in Paris where he studied photography and journalism before working with leading press and photo agencies in France. He has travelled intensively throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and has more than 27 years of experience as a photojournalist. A prize-winning photographer, he has worked with leading international publishers and established corporate clients. He has been based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the past 15 years and is now the Managing Director of HBL Network Press and the correspondent for SipaPress.
Table of Contents
• From Traditional Houses to Penang Bungalow
• From Shophouse to Terraced Dwelling House
• In a Chinese Courtyard Home
• An Eclectic Home
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