Penang Island

 

 

 

This picturesque, romantic and tropical island in the Indian Ocean is a part of Malaysia. The British had established Penang as a Far Eastern trading post in the late 18th century. 

The colonizers filled their coffers through trade and left their legacies in many forms on the island, even naming their capital Georgetown because George III was then the King of England.

Georgetown

This visually appealing township’s fame and prosperity started with the emergence of British trading companies as major traders in the Malaysian peninsula. As the trade prospered so did Georgetown. Its colonial heritage buildings look more stunning in Penang’s exotic surroundings than they do in historical European cities like London or Rome. No wonder UNESCO has declared Penang a World Heritage Site.

 

Georgetown is a vibrant city with a curious mix of old and new. Modern skyscrapers are in close vicinity of old cathedrals, mosques and occasionally even temples. Walk down the winding narrow streets and lanes of the old town to enjoy it more.

The City Hall and the Old Town Hall are lavish specimens of colonial architecture. Traders are traditionally known to be frugal with their expenses. But these wealthy British merchants spent huge sums of money in adorning their colonies with impressive buildings to remind the natives that they were different.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Penang was also amply influenced by Chinese architectural tradition as is seen in this mansion built over a hundred years ago for a rich Chinese industrialist who had made Penang his home. It is a beautiful house in traditional Chinese style with an impressive façade with lavishly furnished interiors.

Fort Cornwallis

The competition between colonial powers of Europe helped their colonies prosper and develop. The British built this magnificent, massive and impregnable fort in early 19th century with convict – and hence free – labor to protect it from the French. The French, however, never attacked Penang, but the fort has continued to enchant those who came to visit it.

Tourist attractions

Penang beaches aren’t as great as its built attractions. Its multi-cultural history, colonial heritage and overwhelming Chinese influence are reflected in Penang’s hybrid architecture. You will enjoy the city’s various attractions more if you explore it either on foot or by three-wheeler auto-rickshaws.

Shopping

There are several shopping malls. The most famous is the 65-story KOMTAR. But night markets and antique shops are more fascinating. You get a wide variety of local products that you won’t find elsewhere. Buying without bargaining is unusual here.

Hotels

There are many good hotels. Many of them offer attractive discounts. Surf a few websites and select one after settling the tariff. Pay only on departure.

Penang cuisine

Go to a roadside food-stall if you want to savor the unique taste of Malaysian food. Being the confluence of different cultures, you get specialties from various countries. They surely differ in taste but they are all spicy, aromatic and delicious. zsh themes - all about z shell and oh-my-zsh themes

Nightlife

The people of Penang work hard during the day and party harder in the evening. The nightlife here is very lively and full of excitement. Which ever pub, bar or nightclub you go, you will enjoy your beer or any other conventional drink, or –  if you prefer – a  local brew. Pick up a conversation with the person sitting or standing next to you for sharing your travel experience. You will never have a dull evening in Penang.

Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, welcomes you.

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