Today is the first time I go to the place because my children have their school sport at the Penang Stadium. Nothing impress me but I am sure visitors to the island will be amazed with the quirky things on sale there.
Firstly, one has to brave the crowd, as can be seen from the rows of bikes here. Note that this is not a safe place to go as I believe pickpockets are plenty.
However, a visit there can be a humbling experience to many of us. Tattered toys, broken electrical equipment, soiled clothes, torn shoes, things that most of us would have thrown into the rubbish dump without any second thoughts end up in Lorong Kulit.
I do not know if the traders are really sitting there in the hot sun with hope to sell those stuffs or they are just merely passing time with something to do. It would pain me if indeed there are buyers for these things. When you look at the faces of the traders who are very, very old, feeble men, you have the compulsion to just hand them some money just so that they would have a proper meal and take a rest. But I suppose they may have their brotherhood of traders who hang around passing time.
There is another section selling fresh fruits and local delicacies. Medicine men are also busy putting on stunt shows to sell their traditional herbs and medicines. Especially, those than can ‘enhance the malehood’. It is a pretty interesting place to go if you do not mind getting squashed.
Go along Jalan Dato’ Kramat (from Georgetown towards Air Itam) until you see the Penang Prison on your right. Watch out for Tenaga Nasional office and turn into Lorong Kulit, which is on your left.
Does anyone know if the old traders there are serious in earning a living? I certainly would not mind giving away my stuffs f.o.c. for them to sell if they really rely on selling those things to buy their meals.