The last Siamese village of Penang

By Julia Tan, Daniel Lee

November 2014 FEATURE
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Inhabitants of the Siamese village in Pulau Tikus live in anxiety, awaiting the impending demolishment of their homes. Penang Monthly talks to village patriarch Noo Wan Aroonratana.The sun sets on the Siamese village. The golden pagoda of Wat Chayamangkalaram nearby glimmers in the fading light, its multi-tiered tower dwarfed by the surrounding condominiums. A hundred years ago, it was probably the tallest building around. “This area used to be a swamp,” says 91-year-old Noo Wan Aroonratana. He is sitting inside...

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Julia Tan

Julia "Bubba" Tan is editor of Penang Monthly and Head of Penang Institute's Publishing Unit. Some of her earliest memories are of her running rampant in her grandfather's garden.

Daniel Lee