Saturday, July 22, 2017

SeniKome Péng Hēng East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre @ Genting Highlands


SeniKome Péng Hēng
Our Art, Our Home

Calling the fans of art and culture, here’s something new to explore and gain inspiration in Genting Highlands…

Located on Level 3 of First World Plaza, “SeniKome Péng Hēng” East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre is now open for everyone to immerse oneself into the thematic showcase of art and cultural essences from the east coast states of Malaysia – Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

Just a brief introduction… Guess how the name “SeniKome Péng Hēng” comes about?

Seni Kome is a translation of “Our Art” in the Pahang local dialect. Péng Hēng was used to refer to the East Coast regions of the Malay Peninsula back in the Ming Dynasty in the 1520’s.

The gallery consists of a vast 15,000 sq ft of interactive displays that will keep you wowed along the way. From authentic artifacts and paintings to an orang asli exhibition, it tastefully depicts the distinctive old charm and beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, games, music etc.

Note: Do not touch any delicate displays there.
But you can take as many pictures as you want here, so long as the flash is turned off.

We join the free 30-minute guided experience tour for a deeper insight into the exhibitions and richer cultural experience. There are 3 sessions available daily at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm, no pre-booking is required. 

Meet the musical Instruments from the East Coast.

This is so cool! You can select a musical instrument on the screen and play the sound it produces.

"Jebak Puyuh" / Quail Trap, a form of trap used to catch wild quail during harvest or during bush flooding.

At the Batik and Songket section, we get to see the prime handicraft in the East Coast and its traditional machine. While batik is more commonly seen, we are impressed by the art of making Songket, involving the painstaking process of weaving gold and silver threads into a piece of shimmery fabric.

Today, one decent piece of songket can cost up to thousands of Ringgit! 

Programmes such as the wayang kulit, wau and video projection demonstrations are equally great for those who enjoy visual and performing arts.

If you do not already know, Wayang Kulit is a traditional theatre that uses light and shadow effects which result from the shadows of the puppets made from hides which embodies a variety of mythical and imaginary characters. 

"Wayang Kulit" / Shadow Play Demonstration

The "Wau", Kites and "Sepak Takraw" remind me of childhood!

If you are bringing your kids along, be sure to check out the interactive activities such as traditional games (Congkak, Batu Seremban and Hopscotch) at the experimental areas, and let them have a fun time learning about the culture.

If you are interested in any of the pieces, feel free to consult a staff member on-site
for more information.

Before leaving the gallery, we stop by the exclusive retail store to check out the classic souvenirs sold there, ranging from unique textiles to art and pewter.

Right next to it, there is a cozy corner where we are treated with the authentic flavours of East Coast Malaysia, such as the signature Nasi Kerabu, Keropok Lekor, Mee Siam, Sira Pisang, Bubur Chacha and assorted Kuih-Muih

Here is the ticketing price / package for your reference.
Good news for Genting Rewards members, you are entitled to special ticket rates.

Verdict:
Overall, SeniKome Péng Hēng is worth checking out as it offers a whole new, different experience during my visit to Genting Highlands. My advice is, simply spend an hour or two here and surround yourselves with the vibrant elements of Malaysian heritage.

For more information, please visit www.rwgenting.com/SeniKome.

SeniKome Péng Hēng
Level 3 (right across Food Factory)
First World Plaza,
69000 Genting Highlands,
Pahang.
Operating Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm daily

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