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More than 1,500 turn up to celebrate George Town World Heritage Day

Jul 07. 2019
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GEORGE TOWN: Over 1,500 people showed up for a morning walk along Beach Street to celebrate George Town World Heritage Day, which enters its 11th year, on Sunday (July 7).

Students Edwin Tan, 17 and his friend, Evonne Tan, 16, were among those who woke up early to join the walk.

"I think this is just the right way for us to celebrate our heritage city, as we can enjoy a slow-paced walk through the city.

"This allows us to stop by the road and take photos of our otherwise usually packed streets and heritage buildings," he said after completing the walk at Beach Street.

Participants went on a five-kilometre walk through Church Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Chulia Street, Penang Road and Buckingham Street before heading back to Beach Street.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said participants would be able to gain an in-depth insight into the rich culture and heritage of George Town.

"Ever since George Town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, many heritage houses have been renewed and kept properly.

"Most of the residents have moved out and commercial businesses have moved in, causing it to lose its innate character.

"So we hope the people and the state can work together to preserve our heritage city and sites," he said before flagging off the walk at Beach Street on Sunday.

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