Tuesday, 10 July 2012
The Hidden Gem at Penang Supreme Court
We'll come back to the stairs and the dome in a moment...
The Penang supreme court that stands on the plot of land in between Light Street and Farquhar Street was built by the British colonists in 1903. The architectural design was influenced by the works of Andrew Palladio, a 16th-century Venetian architect.
The building was recently renovated and a 3-story wing was added to the existing building. As part of the restoration project, Logan Memorial, which originally sat within the compound was moved to its new home across Light Street, opposite the Supreme Court.
The memorial was built to honour James Logan, a lawyer who fought for the rights of the local community, which was often suppressed by the whites. His death in 1869 was a huge loss for the locals. To remember him as a champion of rights, they pooled funds to erect a memorial for him.
Now, returning to the wooden stairways and the dome...
The stairways were originally covered in layers of paint. During the restoration works, the paint was carefully scraped off to reveal the original teak wood beneath. As for the dome, it was discovered when the workers were about to restore a piece of broken wood. To their amazement, hidden behind the wood was a dome with the peacock motif stained glass and copper carvings still intact. Thick layers of dust were cleaned off the dome and it has become an attraction at the supreme court since then.
Five feet seven inches tall. A member of a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape.
He believes the cosmos has grand plans for him but whatever his calling is, it has not yet been revealed to him. So in the meantime, he spends the day working as a software developer, and whatever free time that is left, reading books. He attempted reading the bible a couple of times but could not as much as finish the first chapter of Genesis. He will continue again, one day.
He loves his camera as much as he loves his books. He picked up photography when he was studying in Japan. But now that he has started working, he can no longer spend as much time for photography as he used to. He is making a small amount of side income from his hobby and hopes to spend more time shooting again.
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