Remember the days when there were no street lights and George Town was basically pitch black at night? Not many of us do but ask our parents, and they will start telling us ‘those were the days’ stories!
Indeed, most of us may not even realise that New World Park, fondly known by locals as ‘Sin Sei Kai’ carries with it over 80 years of history.
Established in December 1939, New World Park was one of the few places that glowed at night. It was the go-to-place for families, couples, friends; there’s something for everyone.
The 1950s era was the heyday of amusement parks, New World Park was the most happening venue in town. From Chinese operas to Western cowboy movies, it was entertainment central before the time of television and smart technology.
New World Park was also a place for thrills and excitements, where you dare yourself to ride the ghost train; take a peep at Rose Chan wrestling with a giant python or mischievously cut queues to dance with your favourite Ronggeng girl.
For some, it was a place of opportunity, where you try to make your name in a talent competition, secure a deal at the annual trade fair or if you’re lucky enough, even meet your future spouse at a match-making session.
New World Park was simply a place to just enjoy oneself. That fact remains till today as the place continues to be a hotspot for families and friends to gather over good food, great fun and absolute leisure.