Highlands that Never Stop Inspiring Artists

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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William Daniell’s Halliburton’s Hill, *1818. Oil on canvas, 69cm x 100cm.
SOME OF THE earliest records of Penang Hill before photography became popular are in the form of 19th century topographical drawings, most of which are now in the possession of the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery and the National Gallery Singapore.Their subjects include man-made edifices such as Halliburton’s Hill (now the site of Bellevue Hotel), Strawberry Hill (now known as Tea Kiosk), Crag Hotel, Convalescent Bungalow and Bel Retiro.With temperatures hovering between 20-27° Celsius, the hill resort is more...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.