Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SeniKome Peng Heng - Traditional Art and Culture Exhibition At Resorts World Genting, Malaysia


Resorts World Genting (RWG) also promoted a very interesting exhibition - "SeniKome Peng Heng"' is actually one of the latest attraction in the First World Plaza, Resorts World Genting. This exhibition which introduces the history of art and local culture of the Malaysian East Coast, comes from three states; Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan only. In the addition to showcasing arts and cullture, SeniKome fosters a creative environment where tradiitional artistry can flourish through immersive programmes. If you enjoy the visual and performing arts, programmes such as the wayang kulit, batik, wau and video projection demonstration will unleash your imagination!


"SeniKome Peng Heng" literally means ‘Our Art’. The word ‘Kome’ was inspired from the original dialect used by the locals in Pahang and some other states in Malaysia. Lastly, the word of ‘Peng Heng’is Chinese name recorded in historical documents of the Ming Dynasty during the 1520s, which refers to the east coast of the Tanah Melayu/Malay Peninsula. Interesting?


First time, I inspired by the "SeniKome Peng Heng" art exhibition, which also featured the thematic displays of art and culture from these states are the focus of the The East Coast Arts & Cultural Centre on SeniKome's exhibited the traditional cultural of the east coast's local music, arts, food and music. How to get there? Go to the Level 3 via the lift at the Lobby Entrance, and you can buy the family package priced at RM25 - This package allows entrance to two adults and two children only.

SeniKome's exhibition also open to the locals and international tourists who interested in the history of Malaysia, from July to September. Don't worry, there will be the tour guider who guide you all in a group to meet the understanding of various traditional art forms, specifically visual and performing arts from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. You can read the information display on every area, which feature the traditional art, music, crafts, and games there.


Wau is one of Malaysia's national symbols as I know the Wau Bulan is very popular, and mostly used by Malays, because it is bigger than other traditional Malaysian kites. So, we can see the different type of Wau come out from the rural areas, especially for the states in the North West of Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan only. I admired that they used the size of Wau is very bigger size than normal kite, which we are played before because the Malays know about the secret of making "Wau" only.



First, Joget Gamelan, a classical dance that originated in the courts of Riau and Lingga in the 17th century. It became popular specifically in Pahang and Terengganu, and today 33 Gamelan dances are still in practice including Timan Burung, Ayak-ayak and Togok Rompin.



Silk screen painting, also known as serigraphy or silkscreening that attracted me so very much. According to the history of silk screen painting, it believed to have taken root some 1,000 years ago in China, it is considered among the most versatile of all printing processes.



Traditional art enthusiasts may want to pay a visit to the centre the two months when different art forms are showcased every weekend. Starting the ball rolling is a demo on Batik Canting on the weekend of 29 and 30 July. Visitors will get to witness the beauty of batik-making, a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent.

Following that, silk screen painting will be in the limelight at the centre on 26 and 27 August, while a watercolour painting demo will be held on 31 August and 1 September. Joget Gamelan is the main highlight on 2 and 3 September, a demo on sketching on 9 and 10 September, pottery on 16 and 17 September, and a weaving demo from 22 to 24 September.

There is also an experiential area for various traditional games; this is where visitors can participate in Congkak and Batu Seremban.



When I used to be kid, I enjoyed to watch the wayang kulit, but I easy to understand their story of wayang kulit without the sound, due my disability. I felt that this beautiful art making of wayang kulit are Malaysia's uniqueness!



I interested in the Jebuk Puyuh's history because this is my first time to see this! This Jebuk Puyuk used to keep the pet birds are the favourite past time of Kelantanese! There are the collection of bird traps show how in the old days, carving and decoration of passion to making a special Jenuk Puyuh!

There are the showcase of authentic artifacts and paintings of Orang Asli exhibition, make me gain knowledge about the Orang Asli have different tribe of names! As you know, the culture of Malaysia draws on the different of cultures of the different people...but, we still remember that the first people to live in the tribes that still remain are Orang Asli. They were followed by the Malay, Chinese and Indian people in the ancient times. That is why we have our own unique of cultural identities of making the traditional of heritages together.


After the exhibition, you can also enjoy the tradition food and drinks at the East Coast Art or buy the gifts at their souvenir shop, like fine textiles and pewter ware items. The visitors can enjoy traditional dishes like the signature Nasi Kerabu or Keropok Lekor. Refreshing drinks are also served, the menu offering choices like pandan leaves, mint leaves, lemongrass, lime, honey and assam boi.





Don't miss the authentic flavour of East Coast Malaysia food, such as the signature Nasi Kerabu, Keropok Lekor, Mee Siam, Sira Pisang, Bubur Chacha and assorted Kuih-Muih. My family and I also love the Keropok Lekor so much! Delicious! Yummy. 


"SeniKome Peng Heng" exhibition always keep the beauty of our proud culture will be held longer and will be led up higher into the sky for many years to come for the benefit and knowledge of our future generation!


With the vision to preserve and promote art and culture from the East Coast, "SeniKome Peng Heng" is one-stop attraction that brings a vibrant element of Malaysia heritage to life! We also encourage the young generation to expand their greater understanding about the traditional Malay of art and cultural, including make an interest of protecting and preserving Malaysia’s rich arts and cultural heritage nationally.

SeniKome Péng Héng
Level 3, First World Plaza, Resorts World Genting.
For more info, check out at https://www.rwgenting.com/SeniKome/
Operating Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm 


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