Penang Oldest Florist In Pitt Street George Town
Penang’s oldest florist (the 1800s) is heavy with the fragrance that perfumes Pitt Street when your walkabout.
Bright kaleidoscope colored posies jostle for breathing space with Indian flower garlands made from fragrant jasmine, champaka, roses, and the chrysanthemum with religiously significant leaves used for worship.
Oldest Florist in Penang
Penangites make a beeline for the Indian florists here for the freshest flowers for temple prayer or their home altars.
Flowers with a riot of unbelievable colors displayed in large blue and white pails.
These pails stand two to three tiers high with hanging garlands.
At the Pitt Street Indian Florists, you can see a row of kiosks along Jalan Kapitan Keling, George Town.
George Town Florist (1956) The Oldest Penang Florist
Ameer Sultan, 65, is the second-generation traditional florist who took over the business set up by his father, the late S.P. Abdul Razak of George Town Florist, in 1956.
Ameer was 6 and would help at their original stall was across the road where the Broadway Budget Hotel now stands.
They lived on Market Lane, just a few doors away from the old Tuak (Toddy) Shop.
Historically Little India was densely populated by Indians laborers who favored the cloudy sweetish toddy, also known as kallu (in South India).
They make this coconut palm wine from the sap of coconut flowers.
Today, after the Tuak Shop’s closure, Market Lane is overlooked by tourists of its cultural significance.
Traditional Flower Garlands
The Indian florists along Pitt Street make beautifully crafted traditional garlands for religious and ceremonial purposes.
They also care about the religious needs of devotees to the two oldest temples in Penang.
- Goddess of Mercy Temple Penang (1728)
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple (1833)
Memories of Old Penang
Ameer remembers fondly the Penang electric tram cruising along Pitt Street.
The tram would start from Weld Quay at the F.M.S Railway Station (Federated Malay States Railway, now known as Wisma Kastams).
Passengers would purchase their train tickets on the island. Later they will cross over by ferry to board the trains on the mainland!
He laments that business is slow these days and only pick up during temple festivals and deity feast days.
Penang Oldest Florist is a Modern Florist
Ameer takes orders for weddings, floral baskets, and wreaths.
You could even order a hand bouquet right at the stall.
The Indian florists specialize in.
- creating garlands for religious and ceremonial purposes
- flower arrangement class in Penang
S.P. Abdul Razak’s grandson, Basheer Ahmad 37, is set to continue as the third generation florist!
Flower Garlands – Poo Malai Flower Garland
Flower garlands have special significance. The group of youngsters is all are wearing Poo Malai Flower Garland.
This garland is a sign to welcome a respected guest.
SP Florist | No. 1 & 2, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang