Since 1972, Dewan Sri Pinang has stood as a monument of modernist architecture along Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah. It has acted as host to almost everything – from conferral of state titles to funerals of public figures; from international theatre productions to wedding dinners.
The 45-year-old building stands on grounds once owned by one of Penang’s famous families: the Khaws. Khaw Soo Cheang, the family patriarch, arrived in Penang in the 1810’s with nothing to his name. Starting out as a vegetable farmer, he later moved to southern Thailand to open a trading shop.
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