About “Eye on Jetties”
Did you see that jetty?
Each jetty has its own history, from World War II to present day, that is often expressed through groups of elderly residents who would gather at leisure near their homes to reminisce about the olden days and their journeys from China to Penang.
In its early years, the Clan Jetties’ shady reputation kept locals away. The jetties were subsequently included in an urban redevelopment blueprint that would see them completely replaced. But when George Town succeeded in its bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, a new consciousness for conservation saved the century-old Clan Jetties from the wrecking ball.
With the UNESCO endorsement casting a spotlight on the Clan Jetties, it soon became an attraction thronged by visitors night and day. Regrettably, many left without a genuine understanding of the significance of the site. This “Eye on Jetties” Clan Jetties Photo Exhibition aims to reveal the many facets of this fascinating community in appreciation of its place in George Town’s history.