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Sun Yat Sen Penang Base - 120 Armenian Street

Decorative tiles on the five foot walkway outside of Sun Yat Sen Penang Base. The tiles continue inside, covering the entire ground floor.

The newly restored facade (completed October 2010) that includes detailed ceramic sculptures along the timber beam
Within the walls of this 19th century shophouse, lies a rich and significant legacy. Many activities and decisions that took place in this unassuming premise, contributed to the end of the last dynasty of China.

Once the Southeast Asian headquarters of the Tongmenghui secret society, it was here where Dr Sun Yat Sen, the father of modern China, planned the Canton Uprising of 1911. The decision to use Penang was swayed by the support Sun Yat Sen received from the Chinese community here. In addition to being the base for Dr Sun Yat Sen's revolutionary movement, 120 Armenian Street was also where Malaysia's oldest Chinese newspaper (and the oldest Chinese newspaper outside of China), Kwong Wah Jit Poh, was founded.

Today, 120 Armenian Street serves as a museum and exhibition space on Dr Sun Yat Sen's life in Penang.
A green touch to catch the rain and sunshine through the air well of 120 Armenian Street. The air well is a typical feature of residential shophouses in Penang to help with natural ventilation and cooling.


Kitchen filled with antiques in the back of the shophouse

Cost:       RM3/person for tours in English or Mandarin
Hours:     Monday-Friday 10am-2pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Tel:          604-2620123
Email:      sunyatsenpenang@gmail.com
Website:  www.sunyatsenpenang.com and www.lestariheritage.net

4 comments:

Christina Schweighofer said...

Gorgeous pictures! Looking at the images of the sun bleached shophouse facades in your previous posts I had often wondered what they must have looked like when they were in their prime. Now I know. Thank you.

debi said...

Reese,

These are beautiful pictures. So much history.

I love the air well. What a great idea.

Reese said...

Hi Christina and Debi,

Yeah, the air well was a great idea for this climate. Too bad it has been replaced by air conditioning.

So many changes in George Town now, so Sun Yat Sen Base is only one of many shophouses now being restored.

debi said...

Reese,

These are beautiful pictures. So much history.

I love the air well. What a great idea.