Suffolk House, the Carpenters’ Guild Loo Pun Hong, Han Jiang Ancestral Temple… the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) has been a bastion for Penang’s cultural and built heritage since 1986. Focus was primarily on the preservation of single units of heritage buildings, but PHT’s advocacy role soon evolved because “we realised that buildings without people are like bodies with souls, and so the preservation of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) also came to form a very important aspect in PHT’s advocacy campaign,” says current president Lim Gaik Siang.
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