In the 15th century, the island of Penang was referred to as Bīnláng Yù (simplified Chinese: 槟榔屿; traditional Chinese: 檳榔嶼) in the navigational drawings used by Admiral Zheng He of Ming-dynasty China in his expeditions to the South Seas. Zheng He named the island with refer to a fruit tree that found on this island, Bīnláng / 槟榔 = areca nut palm, Penang as the pronunciation of Bīnláng in Chinese dialect. Penang still as an island belong to Siam (Thialand) at 15 CE.
Fifteenth-century Portuguese sailors from Goa en route to the Spice Islands often made stopovers on the island which they called Pulo Pinaom.
Early Malays called it Pulau Ka-Satu or "First (or Single) Island" because it was the largest island encountered on the trading sea-route between Lingga and Kedah.
The Siamese, then the overlord of the Kedah Sultanate, referred to the island as Koh Maak.
A record show that at the initial arrival of Francis Light (British Governor) he found there are just only 58 Chinese residents are living at Penang Island. Among them are ironsmith, a teacher, charcoal workers and some fisherman. They reach to Penang Island at the year 1745, or 41 years before Francis Light found Penang Island. 1786, British take over Penang Island and begin the massive Chinese migration.
The above photo is showing the increasing of Chinese living standard on Penang Island, looking the above photo from the left to right, we found that Chinese residents built simply wooden houses during the early period they reach at Penang, years after years they working on this island, the have extra money and rebuilt their houses with cement and bricks, some of the residents are enough rich, their next generations are built a company.
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ChrisJ (112331) 2011-12-18 20:37
Good inclusion of the cyclist in this superb daily life scene from Malaysia. Excellent colour, sharpness & lighting contrasts. Wonderful warm vs cold color contrasts between the blue & burgundy. Terima Kasih!
cargus (10105) 2011-12-18 23:23
Interesting street scene animated with character, well framed buildings, colors and excellent contrast, good performance ...
pajaran (59541) 2011-12-18 23:47
Lepe stare kuce sa radnjama i metalnom ogradom ...
Dobar tekst, snimka i prikaz lepom fotografijom.
Dobra kompozicija i lep boje.
Beautiful old houses with shops and a metal fence ...
Good text, image display and beautiful photography.
Good composition and beautiful colors.
All the best.
pierrefonds (65278) 2011-12-19 5:01
The presence of the cyclist is showing a daily activity. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the buildings. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
kordinator (20513) 2011-12-19 7:59
Nice places you captured.
Beautiful old houses with shops and a metal fence.
Good composition and beautiful colors.
Vera interesting note.
adramad (44888) 2011-12-19 9:02
Magnificent note, which introduces us to the best interpretation of this very pretty picture, these two old houses that maintain the flavor of a bygone era, the cyclist's presence gives a touch of daily activity.
Good sharpness and nice and soft colors. Well done.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-12-19 9:28
tion of good life, dynamic scene, I would have ruled out the car, a little disturbing.
npecanhuk (74878) 2011-12-19 18:53
Lovely and interesting street photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-12-20 5:13
Interessantes detalhes nestas casas chinesas restauradas , gostei dos seus detalhes , boa luz ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-12-20 6:58
An interesting picture of life, accompanied by a very informative note. The quality is very good, with true colors. Good sharpness. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Urs (14082) 2011-12-20 17:06
Good documentary shot showing the different living styles in Penang. Certainly it is a big improvement, however in the western eye old style building is a good way to preserve the past. In Penang you have that as well, that old buildings are declared a cultural heritage. They are restored very well, bur only the shell, because the former tenant cannot afford the sky high rents. The same happened in the west as well. It is very difficult to find a balanced approach to preserve history. Fine colour hues and high sharpness. Well done
danos (96766) 2011-12-22 0:24
nice the view of the old wooden Chinese residents on the Penang island,with the second to be renovated from its richer owner.I like their simple architectural style as they are look as twins.
papagolf21 (99726) 2011-12-22 1:24
Bonjour, chère Ally,
C'est toujours avec beaucoup d'intérêt que je découvre tes photographies.
Il y a toujours une marque particulière dans tes compositions qui sont bien agréables.
Excellentes fêtes de fin d'année.
pablominto (53746) 2011-12-22 5:03
Interesting street detail from Georgetown!
An interesting piece of history described in the note, in the best of TrekEarth spirit...
Good details in the architecture, I notice the ramp for the house to the left, probably used for goods delivery!
gunbud (34066) 2011-12-22 15:39
The modern bicycle is seen in strong contrast to the old architecture.
Strong colors and sharp details make for a splendid urban composition.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-12-22 16:00
Hello Ally, I found you note interesting both historically about the are * that little bit of insight into the migrants life, I think all people who migrate do so for a better life, does not always happen. Nice capture with good details & very well enhanced by your informative note.
jmdias (63426) 2011-12-23 1:00
curious contrast between the restored side of the building and the not restored one. the personage and his bike are well positioned in the compo. perfect light and sharpness.
- Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) (20456)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Penang - UNESCO World Heritage [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-18 18:57
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