Islamic Museum Visit
by Johan, a Ten Year-Old Boy
Islamic Museum visit was included in an essay written by Johan Anuar for
his school monthly test. It was written in the Malay language. He was given
several topics to write but he chose this particular one because it was
easier to write something that he had experienced and enjoyed doing.
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On the 26th of July 2008. I went to a festival
being held in front of the Penang Islamic Museum. When I got there, I saw that a
group of performers were singing and dancing boria, which was one of the
famous shows in Penang.
After the performance, I went inside the museum, I was amazed to see the
Inscription Stone (Batu Bersurat) on display right at the front entrance.
(Editor's note: The stone was only a replica, the real Batu Bersurat which
was found in Kuala Terengganu is now being displayed at Terengganu State
I went to visit all around the building. I saw many old things, books and
also some mannequins showing how people used to live in Penang long time
I liked to see the old bicycle next to a display of old tins and things for
sale, the boat used to carry spices and also dark mannequins carrying cargo
from the boat.
A display of a typical Ottu Kedai - sundry shop
a wall with a roof and three partitions on the sides
with its merchandise
These were normal human activities at
the Penang Harbour over a hundred years ago
When I was finished with the tour, I went
outside to enjoy the traditional Malay cakes being served. There were many types
of them and they were all very delicious! They were kuih bahulu, kuih kapal
terbang, kuih bangkit and others. There were also two types of drinks:
orange juice and milk tea.
Johan enjoying delicious Malay traditional cakes
with his sister, Johanna
Later, I walked around to see other places. I came across a lion dance performed
outside a Chinese Temple.
When the night came, there was a Chingay performance and more
I walked all the way to the Esplanade following the procession.
At the Town Hall, there were many people enjoying the show too.
It ended with a spectacular display of fireworks. I truly enjoyed being at the festival.
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