Monday, February 20, 2012

Campbell Street Mall, Penang

I am at Campbell street mall, the street of wholesale of cloths, clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags and handy utilities! The streets here is bursting in color with so many merchants awaiting customers from near and afar to come and see what goodies they have in store for them!

Komtar! The pride of Penang Island

What I like about this place is that there are just so many things to choose from! But do remember that this street is also a big attraction in the tourist market, and is listed as one of the "must see" area for visiting tourist. So do remember, please ask for discounts especially when purchasing in "bulk". we are at the famous "Boon Wah" for textile! Here there are various types such as :-

  1. Lace

  2. Silk

  3. Schon

  4. Chinese brocade

please do ask for a discount from the owner "Ah Kok". He speaks fluent english, mandarins, cantonese and I think some bahasa Malaysia as well.

Here, "Boon Wah" is located at the corner area along Campbell Street and Jalan Pintal Tali (also known as Rope Walk St.). This area is famous for its previous activities where ropes made of coconut husk fabrics used to be woven here. The ropes that were delivered by handcarts and bullocks to the port as a means of logistic to transport to transfer the "goods" we're used for mooring ships.
This area is also famous for its Teow chew secret societies (gangsters) that used to run the streets here. Here local merchants pay them protection fees to keep their business running smoothly without any disturbance of petty crime and other secret societies. These Chinese gangsters take control of Georgetown as this was the prominent business area, before our current Gurney Plaza Shopping mall that youngsters and the young-at-heart "hang out" today.

Okay that's all for now, Mike signing off!

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