As some may already know, Georgetown and Malacca were recently inducted into the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. ELS, being a school that celebrates international diversity, held a “Georgetown City Tour” on Wednesday, 16 July 2008 to expose some of our international students to the sites and sounds of Georgetown, Penang.
Accompanied by ELS instructors Chris and Samirah, the tour started at Penang Road with a trishaw ride that took the entire ELS group through the streets of Georgetown.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the trishaw ride as it gave them a real South East Asian feel as they joked and chatted with their friends. A brief dinner at Kapitan Restaurant was to follow the ride as students were absolutely famished.
From the restaurant, the whole group took a walk up the trail through Little India. It was a memorable experience as many students had never seen the racial harmony enjoyed by Malaysians of different cultures and religions living side by side in a peaceful environment. Many of them commented that this is indeed something that the world can learn from.
As the group reached Fort Cornwallis, everyone was given a briefing on the history of Penang and many students took the opportunity to take photographs to remember this day by.
Our final stop was the KOMTAR tower where students got a chance to relax and observe Penang from the “sky”. After the trip, students remarked that this was one of the most enjoyable outings that they had had since setting foot in this wonderful country.