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Trishaws are as much a part of George Town’s heritage as hawker food, even if their numbers have diminished radically.

Trishaws were once the main mode of transportation in George Town, found in quiet streets and on the busiest roads. Known locally as beca (or beychia in Hokkien), they used to play a major role in the lives of Penangites – from sending children to school, to ferrying entire families to dinner.

Now that cars and motorcycles are plentiful, residents in George Town rarely depend on the trishaw anymore. Today, the trusty trishaw largely exists as a tourism icon.

A History of the Trishaw

Before the trishaw, the jinrickshaw was a common sight on the streets of George Town.

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