Hi and ‘lu ho boh’- that is ‘how are you?’ in Hokkien, the principal Chinese dialect in Penang.

The historic metropolis of George Town is a UNESCO Earth Heritage Web-site. Prior to we start off, permit me explain to you a little about Penang, or in some cases known as the Pearl of the Orient.

Penang utilised to be component of Malay Sultanate of Kedah, across the sea in the mainland. But in 1786, Captain Francis Mild managed to get Penang from the Sultan of Kedah for the British East India Firm, together with Singapore and Malacca. He then created what is regarded nowadays as George City.

Penang will get its identify from the Malay phrase Pinang which signifies ‘betel nut’, and Pulau Pinang pretty much indicates ‘betel nut island’. It was later on named Prince of Wales Island, commemorating King George IV. Georgetown was named immediately after King George III. These days Penang is the 3rd premier economic system in the place, just after Selangor and Johor.

In the Globe Heritage Committee Session in July 2008, Georgetown, alongside with Malacca had been stated as UNESCO Entire world Heritage Web page.

Georgetown was voted two times as 1 of the most effective metropolitan areas in Asia. It is also ranked as 10th between the major destinations in Asia where Europeans prefer to do the job and stay in, dependent on its weather, air high quality, infrastructure, wellness companies, housing, stability and politics.


Georgetown has some of the most effective vacationer destinations in Malaysia. Let’s get to know a number of of them.

Fort Cornwallis

On top rated of our itinerary is unquestionably Fort Cornwallis. The biggest standing fort in Malaysia, Fort Cornwallis is a star-shaped fort named immediately after the late 18th century Governor- Normal of Bengal in India, Charles Cornwallis. It was developed by Sir Francis Mild right after it took possession of Penang from the Sultan of Kedah in 1786. The unique fort was crafted with nibong, or palm trunk. A couple several years afterwards, the new fort was rebuilt with manpower of Indian convicts, and at last accomplished in 1810.

The fort is intended to protect the island towards the pirates and the French since of the Napoleonic Wars. There used to be a deep and extensive moat bordering the fort, but it is now loaded thanks to a malaria outbreak.

Even although the fort was built for defence, it was applied more for administrative needs. In fact, the funny thing is that the fort has by no means engaged in any battle.

There you will see numerous previous cannons. The premier one, referred to as the Seri Rambai cannon, was a reward from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor. Later on, the Potuguese took possession of the cannon where by it stayed in Java right until it was seized by the British and put here in Fort Cornwallis.

This fort was gazetted in 1977 as an Historic Monument and Historic web site and right now is 1 of Penang’s most famed tourist attractions.

Convent Light Steet

The following exciting attraction is the Convent Mild Street, or Convent of the Holy Toddler Jesus. It was launched back in 1852 by 3 French nuns who took more than the prior authorities house to start off their convent. It initially homes inside of its walls the Francis Light-weight bungalow, which was construct in 1790. It was sooner or later leased out to the East India Corporation as a authorities dwelling, ahead of at last settling as a studying institution.

The building was expanded, and ultimately housed a chapel, cloisters for the Sisters, an orphanage, a boarding dwelling for college students and school rooms for the faculty. The Convent proceeds to provide as a school and has been painstakingly and constantly restored in latest years with money raised from the general public.

St. George’s Church

Following is the St. George’s Anglican Church along Farquhar Avenue. Launched by Reverend Robert Sparke Hutchings, it is the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia, which goes back all the way to 1818. It is made in the Georgian Palladian model, a mixture of the Georgian design and style, which is attribute to King George I and King George IV, and the Palladian design, which is attributed to the Grecian architecture by a Roman called Palladius.

Glance at the long Roman columns and pillars and the white washed walls. The primary roof was flat, but there was a small issue. The temperature, or additional precisely, the tropical rains made it unsuitable to have a flat roof and it was later made into the present form. Look out also for the tall steeple that forms the apex of the roof.

There is a pavilion that sits opposite the church that residences a memorial to Francis Gentle. There is an inscription that reads: “In Memory of Francis Light-weight, Esquire, who 1st established this island as an English Settlement and was several yrs Governor. Born in the county of Suffolk in England and died October 21st 1794. In his capacity as governor, the settlers and natives ended up significantly attached to him, and by his death had to deplore the reduction of 1 who viewed over their fascination and cares as a father.”

The church is declared just one of the 50 Nationwide Treasures of Malaysia.

The Cathedral of the Assumption

Next is The Cathedral of the Assumption on Faquhar Avenue. It bought its name from the Feast of the Assumption, which took place to be the day when the 1st group of Catholics arrived in Penang in 1786. It was in 1955 that the church turned a cathedral according to a decree by the Vatican.

This majestic greyish white coloured setting up with horizontal bands is an illustration of fantastic colonial architecture.

Eastern and Oriental Lodge

Future is the world renowned Eastern and Oriental Resort. When recognized as the “Leading Lodge East of Suez,” it is frequently termed the E&O Lodge or Japanese & Oriental Hotel.

The E & O Resort was a person of the number of inns in the region that was managed by the Sarkies Brothers. The Sarkies also operated the Raffles in Singapore, the Strand in Rangoon and the Crag Resort on Penang Hill. In reality, they are even now in existence nowadays and are regarded major-notch lodges, besides for the 1 on Penang Hill, which is not performing any longer.

In 1884, the E & O began its functions and by the Roaring 20s had acquired much intercontinental recognition for getting an opulent institution through the generosity of Arshak Sarkies, the most flamboyant of the brothers. He would waive off friends’ bills and allow some planters to keep for cost-free, which led to men and women calling the E & O ‘Eat and Owe’. Sarkies ran the hotel out of enjoyment much more than for revenue and it inevitably showed, when the lodge came close to individual bankruptcy. However, currently the company has been revitalized and the E&O carries on to retain its attraction.

The E & O has experienced many well known patrons, and they include things like Sir Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Hermann Hesse, Sunshine Yat Sen and Charlie Chaplin. Despite having absent by durations of uncertainty and sometimes teetering on the brink of obscurity, the E & O continue to runs and capabilities as one particular of the most effective accommodations in Penang. Weddings, dinners and special events are however celebrated right here.

If you simply cannot manage to remain there, you can still go to the bar or cafe and unwind like Charlie Chaplin and Rudyard Kipling did!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Future is the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. Cheong Fatt Tze was a rag to riches story. Coming to Malaya in 1856 to operate in the tin mines at 16, he worked his way and produced a fortune trading tea, pepper, espresso and tobacco with the British Empire.

Cheong Fatt Tze experienced a name of a clever businessman and sooner or later became Seek the advice of General for China, and experienced the posture of ‘Mandarin of the Maximum Order’. He also grew to become the director of China’s railway and 1st present day financial institution and was nicknamed the “Rockefeller of the East” by the New York Instances, who also dubbed him as “China’s last Mandarin and very first capitalist.”

Irrespective of getting homes all in excess of Asia, and in distinct Indonesia and China due to his organization and individual passions, Cheong Fatt Tze nevertheless favoured this mansion in Penang the most, and consulted feng shui masters in creating it. When Cheong Fatt Tze eventually handed away in 1916, the Dutch and the British honoured this extraordinary man by flying flags at half-mast.

The mansion is open everyday from 11.00am and 3.00pm with tours done at these periods. The tour is well value your time and you can marvel at the art of feng shui that went into Cheong Fatt Tze’s mansion. Moreover the architecture, the mansion is also dedicated to the memory of the male himself.

Aside from the architecture, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion also has a lot of antiques and aged photos that will give you a glimpse of the lives of genteel Chinese businessmen then. An fascinating reality is that Cheong Fatt Tze’s seventh wife was awarded the privilege of dwelling in the mansion with him. The mansion has also been utilised for filming as very well, just one of the a lot more renowned motion pictures filmed below was ‘Indochine’ starring Catherine Deneuve.

The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion applied to also consist of the row of terrace homes across the avenue, which you can see when you stop by. This individual row was where the kitchen, storage rooms and servants’ quarters utilized to reside. Maids carrying their normal white shirts and black trousers would hurriedly put together foodstuff for their mistress and grasp.

Christian Cemetery

Following is the Protestant Cemetery. Though it may possibly appear a little bit sombre and morbid, going for walks by means of the old Protestant Cemetery is a good notion although you are in Georgetown. It supplies you with a sense of the hardships that had been faced by individuals who experienced decided on to make their residence below. Some of the tombstones have been restored by the heritage have confidence in, while several inscriptions can no extended be browse. Studying the epitaphs on the stones brings a melancholic, passionate truly feel particularly when examining about the life of the early settlers. Several died from tropical conditions these as malaria and one stone even mentions that the deceased died from jungle fever.

Most of these men and women have been laid to rest below mainly because it was much too significantly to get their bodies again, and carrying out that would consider several months, further more deteriorating the bodies. So the Christian Cemetery is the last resting put of quite a few pioneers together with Sir Francis Light, Sir Stamford Raffles’ brother-in-law and a youthful officer named Thomas Leonowens. You might be acquainted with the tale of his spouse, Anna Leonowens, who moved to Singapore immediately after Thomas died of apoplexy. Below, she obtained an invitation to teach English to the children of the Siamese King. A romanticised account of her daily life in Siam motivated the film referred to as ‘Anna and the King’ starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, and the musical ‘The King And I’. The remake of this movie in 1999 starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt, and component of it was shot in correct right here in Georgetown.

Suffolk Residence

Subsequent is the Suffolk Property, or what was once Sir Francis Light’s Residency. Francis Light crafted his household, wherever he landscaped and made the inside to resemble that of a region household of his birthplace of Suffolk, England.

He lived in Suffolk Dwelling as it was named, with his lifestyle long companion, Martina Rozells and his 5 kids. The Suffolk Household served as the governor’s residency for the initial 100 many years and was later on acquired over by a planter, and the property and land grew to become section of the Methodist Boys’ School, previous made use of as a canteen for the students.

The Suffolk Dwelling received the 2008 UNESCO Award of Distinction. It is just one of the two cultural heritage conservation jobs in Malaysia to acquire the UNESCO award in 2008 and this Award of Distinction is the 2nd best award provided by UNESCO Asia Pacific for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Kuan Yin Teng

Up coming is Kuan Yin Teng, just one of the oldest Chinese temples in Malaysia. It was developed in 1801 by early Chinese immigrants. The developing is embellished with intricately crafted dragons and two stone lions guard the doorway. This temple is committed to Kuan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. It is a person of the most visited tourist web pages in Penang.

The Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

The Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi is a clan association, 1 of the a lot of in Malaysia. Developed in 1850 by the forefathers of the Khoo relatives who emigrated from South China, it capabilities as a clan-property for anybody who has the surname Khoo. A temple was crafted but a fireplace razed the full wooden framework. The nearby Chinese thought that the gods had burned it down for the reason that the structure resembled the Heavenly Emperor’s palace. The model you see right now was concluded in 1906. All close to, you can see richly ornamented carvings of the roofs, walls and pillars that replicate the artwork and architecture of historical China. At the end of the tour, count on to have a rigid neck.

Queen Victoria Clock Tower

Next is the Queen Victoria Clock Tower. This 60-foot-significant clock tower was offered to Penang by local millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok, in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Wat Chaiyamangalaram

Following is the Wat Chaiyamangalaram temple, started in 1845. This Thai Buddhist Temple is famed for its 33 meter lengthy reclining Buddha, 1 of the world’s longest. The temple was built on a piece of land specified by Queen Victoria to 4 women of all ages trustees as a gesture of goodwill to increase trading relations with Thailand. Look out for the guardian dragons at the entrance.

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Up coming is the Kapitan Keling Mosque, was constructed in the early 19th century, by the Kapitan Keling Caudeer Mohudeen. It is the most distinguished historic mosque in Penang and capabilities a dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic affect. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is the location of worship of the Indian Muslim community who have lived and labored around the mosque for about two hundred a long time. As opposed to contemporary mosques that are generally frequented on Fridays, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is employed by worshippers 5 situations a working day, seven times a 7 days. If you’d like to take a look at, you have to be decently dressed and girls would have to wear a gown that you can get from the mosque employees.


Just about every Malaysian promises his or her hometown is the food items cash of Malaysia. The men and women of Penang would assert Penang foodstuff is the ideal in Malaysia, and it is not effortless to disagree.

Some of the will have to trys in Penang is the Penang Kuay Teow, or fried noodle dish with eggs, cockles and vegetables. Inquire for it to be cooked considerably less spicy if you are unable to consider spicy food.

Other Chinese dishes you will have to attempt are: beef noodle and ‘chee cheong fun’ or steamed flat noodle topped with shrimp and chilli sauce. You can also test the fried oyster, a preferred seafood dish. ‘Hokkien mee’ is a noodle dish in spicy prawn centered soup. You need to also try out Penang laksa, which is also a noodle dish but this time with fish based mostly soup.

For a little something sweet, some really encouraged avenue foods are the ‘tau sah pneah’ which is biscuit with green paste inside, ‘muah chee’ which are peanut coated glutinous rice balls and ‘bee koh moy’ which is a black glutinous rice porridge typically taken as an afternoon dessert.

For Indian Muslim foodstuff, the Penang nasi kandar is extremely famous in Malaysia. It is a rice food with numerous sorts of dishes built making use of numerous kinds of spices. Also, attempt the rojak pasembur which is a vegetable salad with sweet and spicy sauce.

Other one of a kind delicacies include ‘otak-otak’ or steamed fish cake wrapped in banana leaves and ‘Or Koay’ or steamed yam cakes topped with dried shrimp, fried shallots, spring onion and sliced crimson chilli.

I hope I failed to make your abdomen growl. Penang is really a food haven, and you need to test at minimum a couple of area delicacies in advance of leaving.


Having all around in Georgetown is easy. You can just take the bus or taxi. A single intriguing manner of transportation is the trishaw, a type of bicycle automobile, but the trishaw is receiving additional and far more exceptional. Trishaws have been genuine modes of transportation in the olden moments but currently- they cater to travellers and can go up to 30 Ringgit for every hour.

Well, this is the close of the information for Georgetown. I hope you will appreciate on your own traveling to the oldest standing fort in Malaysia, marvelling at some 17th century church buildings, unwinding in a planet famous hotel, touring some Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, and aged colonial properties and not forgetting, savouring food in Malaysia’s foodstuff money.

Until the up coming time, Selamat Tinggal and goodbye!