The Golden Stupas of Pulau Tikus

By James Springer

November 2017 FEATURE
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Historic and breath-taking, these places of worship were once the tallest edifices in the quiet suburb.The temples of Pulau Tikus reflect some of the neighbouring cultures that once immigrated to Penang – most notably from Burma and Thailand. Jalan Burma itself used to cut through Burmese plantations, and the lanes that branch off from the main artery – all 3.2km of it – usually took inspiration from Burma for their names: Rangoon, Mandalay, Tavoy, Irrawaddy, Salween and Moulmein, for example.Burmese...

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James Springer

is a free-lance writer who concentrates on cultural and political situations around the world. He has contributed to Penang Monthly, The Edge and The Expat, and will release his first book, Malaysia's Canvas, in the beginning of 2018. He is also a trained Sommelier and co-editor of the Penang Free Sheet.