Penang Dragon Boat Race Frenzy

June 5, 2007 at 11:30 pm 1 comment

It will be the first time I am watching the Dragon Boat Race in Penang. The event will take place this coming Friday, 8th June till Sunday, 10th June. What’s the frenzy about this race, you may ask? I’m not exactly sure of the reason, but my attempt to book 3 different hotels and 4 different apartments for the 4 of us who’s heading up north to catch the race was to no avail. I’m informed by that the places I’d requested for are fully booked over the weekend.

Chinese folklores has it that the dragon boat history exists since 2,600 years ago. It tells the story of a righteous minister in the Chinese Imperial Court, known as Chu Yuan. In a tragic sorrow over the oppresive policies of the King, Chu Yuan drown himself in the river. Villagers and citizens who know of his demise rush out with the long boat towards the river in an attempt to save him but to no avail.

Locally, the Penang Dragon Boat race was recognized by the local authorities sometimes circa 1934 as a sporting event. It was not until 1956 that the race’s was officially launched by the George Town Municipal Council to commemorate their 100th anniversary. The race combines the power, speed and endurance of 12 or 20 people. Manned by paddlers, steerers and a drummer. The exquisite dragon boat surge towards the finish line, accompanied by the thunder of drums and roar of the crowd.


Today, the race draws the attention of international participants. Participants as far as US, Japan, Norway and New Zealand. The race has moved several venues since 1979, when the international event was launched. Currently, the landscape of Teluk Bahang host the prestigious event, located at the north-western corner of Penang.


I’m keeping my finger crossed that the hotel I requested in Taman Bungah do have vacant rooms for our weekend trip. The trip up north will certainly keep me busy with plenty of photos taking opportunity during the event and my planned detour around the island; visiting historical places, with more interesting subjects to be photograph.

Uncommon magic at 11:30 hour: Learning about the history of Penang Dragon Boat, looking forward to spending great time with friends.


(Note: Images copyright does not belongs to me)


Entry filed under: day trip, holiday, knowledge, malaysia, time waster.

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  • 1. Ali’s Ferringi Guest House « Uncommon Magic  |  June 7, 2007 at 9:01 am

    […] booked (at least, those that’s within our budget). Bursting with my excitement to catch the Dragon Boat Race for the first time, I can’t help but be thankful that I managed to book our rooms in […]


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