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Koh Seang Tat Fountain Garden
The Koh Seang Tat Fountain Garden, located at the junction between Esplanade Road and Light Street, Georgetown, Penang Malaysia. The fountain, which is the prominent feature of this garden, was donated to the Georgetown Municiple Coucil by Mr Koh Seang Tat. The fountain was unveiled on 4 July 1883, succeding the official opening of the adjacent Town Hall on 6 August 1880.
Koh Seang Tat was the grandson of the first Chinese Kapitan, Koh Lay Huan. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1877 and later became a municipal commissioner. He was also known as a great champion for the people of Balik Pulau in their demands for better facilities and a generous donor of the town's small district hospital. Another memorial fountain, donated by Koh Seang Tat to commemorate the visits by Governor Sir Frederick Weld to Balik Pulau, remains standing at the roundabout in the township.
The Koh Seang Tat Fountain Garden has been here for almost 135 years. It has a new look after undergoing restoration work on 14 Feb 2018. The Penang Island City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang) and George Town Conservation & Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (GTCDC) were involved in the restoration work. The restored fountain would now recreate the atmosphere of the 1800’s.
This is the first historic garden restoration project in Penang which was done with the guidance of some old photographs and records. The scope of the project involves reinstating the original design layout and the positioning of structures within the site. The restoring work was done by abiding to the guidelines set by the Florence Charter which was developed in 1981 by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and are being adopted by UNESCO for the preservation of historic gardens. The Charter outlines strategies for conservation and restoration of gardens, including their layout, vegetation, structural and decorative features and the use of water. It recommends protecting the fabric and cultural message of such gardens.
The Penang state government is serious in pursuing a network of green public spaces to increase connectivity, walkability and social interaction.
Koh Seang Tat Fountain Garden is open daily. Free admission.
Trip Suggestion : 15 minutes
Operating Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free
Address : Sri Penang Hall, Lebuh Light, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia