By Khoo Su Nin.
More than 20,000 copies sold!
Streets of George Town is a serious guide to things visible and invisible. The traditional neighbourhoods and urban villages which make up the cosmopolitan city are carefully explored. In the wealth of surviving built heritage are the stories of those who have contributed to the prosperity of the trading settlement, from Penang’s founding settlers and early builders to latter-day personalities. In these streets is the living history of a uniquely complex multi-cultural society. Richly illustrated with over 280 photos, this guide is meant for every visitor who has ever enjoyed George Town’s charming streetscapes, and every Penangite who wishes to rediscover his or her own home town.
“There’s a story to every street and Khoo tells us how some got their names… Streets of George Town is an eye-opening guide, particularly for children of Penang who know little, or nothing, about its lively history.” Tan Gim Ean, New Straits Times
“…Khoo Su Nin’s seminal book has…retrieved many of the untoled stories and changed the way both Penangites and visitors see the island.” Julia de Bierre, author of Penang Through Gilded Doors
About the Author
Khoo Su Nin alias Khoo Salma Nasution is a writer, publisher and heritage advocate. As the great-great granddaughter of Khoo Soo Hong, a founding senator of the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, she has her roots in the Acheen Street-Armenian Street historic-cultural enclave. Her recent publications include Sun Yat Sen in Penang (2008) and Heritage Houses of Penang (2009).
Table of Contents
The Streets (inclusive of a full listing of Penang’s streets, with pictures of each significant building)