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Insider Access: A Meeting with Georgetown’s Living Heritage

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Overview

One of the last traditional Joss stick makers in Malaysia, Mr Lee self-taught has been in the trade since he was 20 years old. Gain an understanding of this traditional trade which is now most commonly mass produced. Learn from Georgetown’s famous living heritage himself. This is a mornings workshop with Mr Lee learning the traditional Trade of Joss Stick Making. Walk away with the homemade Joss sticks as well as the knowledge of this dying trade.

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Insider Access: A Meeting with Georgetown’s Living Heritage
- Half Day
Meet the guide at the hotel lobby at 08:30 and walk into the heart of Georgetown. Partake in a mornings workshop with Mr Lee, Georgetown’s last traditional Joss Stick Maker. Get a first-hand learning experience from the living legend himself at his pre-war shophouse on Stewart Lane.

Born in 1928, Mr Lee has been making Joss Sticks for over 70 years. One of the last traditional Joss stick makers and perhaps one of the most well-known person who is still in the trade. Making Joss sticks since he left school he continues this dying trade. Spend 2.5-3 hours as Mr Lee shows you the techniques of rolling joss sticks and be rewarded with a selection of Sandalwood joss sticks to take home as well as the knowledge of this dying trade. The Joss Sticks are made from 100% natural materials and no chemicals, a rarity today as many are mass produced in factories.

Learn about his life as a Joss Stick Maker and stories of post war Penang. Finish the workshop and take a short walk to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, a Taoist temple where you will see the Joss Sticks in action. Situated in Pitt Street it was built in 1728, making it Penang’s oldest Taoist Temple. Walk back to the hotel for 12:30 or continue the explorations of Georgetown’s cobbled streets and whimsical street art, keeping an eye out for more of Penang’s traditional trades.

Important Information


Our services include:
– English Speaking Guide
– 2.5 – 3-hour Joss stick making Workshop
– Joss stick Souvenir and Certificate
– Snacks
– Water
Our services do not include:
– Accommodation
– Other meals not mentioned
– Services not mentioned
– Drinks, mini bar, and personal expenses
– Travel insurance
– Tips
– Tourism tax

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