Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hurrah for GEORGETOWN, Penang!

Georgetown has been recognised as a Unesco historical sites tonight.

The inscription of Georgetown as a World Heritage Site was announced by Unesco, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, when the Paris-based World Heritage Council met in Quebec, Canada, yesterday.

There are a total of eight new cultural sites added to Unesco’s World Heritage List, namely:

1 ) Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia)
2 ) Kuk Early Agricultural Site (Papua New Guinea)
3 ) Stari Grad Plain (Croatia)
4 ) Fortifications of Vauban (France)
5 ) Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (Germany)
6 ) Mantua and Sabbioneta (Italy)
7 ) San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano (San Marino)
8 ) The Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area (Slovakia)

In the case of Georgetown, to be inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List, an effort by Malaysia since 2004 are core areas made up of historical sites in Georgetown which include the Lebuh Acheh historical enclave and sites such as the Lebuh Acheh Malay Mosque, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Kling Mosque, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Khoo Kongsi, St George’s Church, Assumption Church, St Xavier’s Institution, Convent Light Street, Little India, the museum and court building, the commercial area of Beach Street, Fort Cornwallis, Esplanade, City Hall, the clan jetties and the port areas.

from Screenshots.

And here's a picture with Maggie Gallagher in front of Khoo Kongsi

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