Penang’s Heritage in Numbers

By Yap Jo-Yee

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Traditional Trades in George Town THERE ARE A total of 607 traditional traders in George Town, Penang. They represent 63 unique trades, and are members of the city’s intangible heritage. Such businesses, as included in the Traditional Trades Inventory compiled by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), are often more than 50 years old, family-owned, associated with traditional customs, handicrafts, skills, festivals and rituals, or are rare in the local context. The top 10 most common traditional trades are listed...

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Yap Jo-Yee

is a research analyst at Penang Institute whose interests range from development issues to behavioural economics. Her latest goal is to use ggplot2 without Google’s help.