Lots of original buildings and still fairly unspoilt
all the hustles & bustles of a mad & modern city: rat race
A place to recommend - A place to which one should return.
To the number of places of worship can be seen that in Penang different religions are practiced. The Kapitan Kling Mosque, in the street with the same name, was built in the early 19th century by Muslims from southern India. On the same road is the temple of the goddess of mercy, built in 1800. Not much further is the Sri Mariamman Indian temple,...more
The fort, which was built on the spot where Francis Light first set foot on Penang (1786), still exists, complete with his guns. Originally it was made of wood, but in 1804-1805 it was replaced by a stone building, which was erected. By forced labor The courtyard of the fort is now a park where concerts and other performances are...more
It is good to see this unique boat shaped restaurant back to business again, after it was vacated in 1996. This restaurant Loke Thye Kee is one of the oldest restaurant in Penang. Why it was named House of Happiness, yeah, i read in the newspaper it was a good venue for matchmaking, where couple of arranged marriages came here for discreet viewing...more
Another heritage of Penang - POST BOXES!! These post boxes are some of the British colonial post boxes still used so well till today. You may be surprised to know some of the post boxes dated during the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) and some ages between 60 - 92 years. I found this post box in Penang Hill during a trip with my cousin, the cipher...more
While eating at New World Park, be sure to visit OHL (Ong Hock Lye) Gallery, who has achieved so many awards on water color & batik paintings, ice sculptures, too many awards to be named here. You can see masterpiece creations on wood cravings and a big statue of Sir Francis Light, standing at 2metres high and more collections of the olden days...more
Just imagine after seeing Picture 1, Georgetown in 1700s and 1800s, fulls of coconuts trees, betel nuts trees, almost swampy area, few small churchs around the area. Its not a surprise to see many road in Georgetown have english names, they are the names of old colonial administrators. I do not have old pictures of Georgetown to put here but a...more
There so many interesting things to find along the roads in Georgetown, and I found this Antique shop along Lebuh Carnavon. If you are an antique lovers, then you should pay a visit to this shop, selling so much antique clocks, lamps, telephone, old record, silver and bronze wares, old watches , hmmm…so much to see….:-))more
What make Georgetown unique? I would vote the Roti Man. You can still find Roti Man (or Bread Seller in English) around Georgetown area, in the morning and during tea time. Why the Ting..Ting...Ting...? If you are Georgetown, its very common to hear this sound that the Roti Man is coming, shout as loud as you want ...ROTI..ROTI..Hmm..the Roti Man...more
When you are in Penang, its a must to see the beautiful wall paintings by Ernest Zacharic. Will write more later.Picture 1 : The Awaiting trishaw Paddler Mural at Penang Road, GeorgetownPicture 2 : Boy on bike at Ah Quee Street, GeorgetownPicture 3 : Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur Mural at Ah Quee Street, GeorgetownPicture 4 : Little Children on a...more
The Nagarathar Sivan Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It's a temple of South-Indian style. It is regarded as a male temple and as such, it is customary to have a separate entrance for the goddess. In this case she is Shakti, the consort of Shiva.The gopuram (we should perhaps call it tower) in this temple comprises five tiers of...more
Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. It sits high on the hillside, above the little city Ayer Itam (= Black Water). The construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Guan Yin Temple in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. The construction works lasted for almost 20 years.In 1930, the seven storey...more
One of Penang's and Georgetown's most popular attractions is the Tropical Spice Garden, which is located in Teluk Bahang, a few minute's drive from Batu Feringgi. You will find landscaped trails and natural pathways, waterfalls and stream crossings while walking around exploring and learning about all the spices you have used yourself or just heard...more
The Dhammikarama is the oldest Buddhist temple on the Penang Island. The stupa, which is the oldest part, was inaugurated in 1805. Since 1838 it is now enshrined within an outer stupa.This is the only Burmese Buddhist Temple outside of Burma.Opening hours 9.00 to 17.30 everyday, entrance free.more
We came for a short stay but extended due to the more than adequate accommodations, convenient...more
I'm not sure what the real Waldorf would think of its Georgetown namesake but I haven't heard...more
My arrival in Georgetown coincided with the Hindu Deepavali festival. Not only that but Penang was...more
Hmm...why the crowds, hanging around under the big umbrella, its not a hot day in Ayer Itam. Make way, make way for Mimi...Oh I see and Oh mine, my favourite MuaChi, not only me, for the rest of the crowds too. It's a very sweet snack that you don't want to get diabetes, its sticky rice dough, covered with freshly roasted ground peanuts and sugar....more
Mews cafe is a very pleasant little cafe in Muntri street that serves real nice food.their menu nis quite varied with both western, indian, malaysian food and a few other things.The cafe has a really pleasant and relaxed vibe where you can sit both inside and outside.When i was there, the girls serving the food were very friendly and helpful and i...more
The red garden is a foodcourt where you have several street vendors selling their food at little stalls and then you have tables in the middle and then you can sit there surrounded by good food and go and chose from the different stalls.It´s a popular place for the locals to go during weekends and you often have live music that might not always be...more
There are a lot of Indians here so the Bollywood cinema is a popular place. Personally, these films drive me nuts. Beautiful location somewhere, pretty young girl (normally very fair-skinned) with high-pitched voice, dodgy looking male lead with customary moustache or beard and bad haircut, laughable choreography, amateur acting, lots of funny faces being pulled - influenced from the Jackie Chan school of comedy, music reminiscent of that played in a cheap UK Indian restaurant, girl pushes dodgy bloke away, he persists, everything ends happily ever after with true love, The End.
Dress Code: A Sari and a pair of sandals.
If you want to go by train to Penang, then you will have to search the trains for Butterworth and from there take the ferry to Georgetown. Remember to put "Sentral Kuala Lumpur" as origin, or destination if you are going to KL. Sentral is the main railway station.You can also look at this pdf for times.more
If you are been Penang, don't forget to buy some Tambun / Tau Sar Piah. There are lot of shop selling Tau Sar Piah but I find this shop have a best piah (biscuits) I ever tasted. It may be a long way up to Ayer Itam but I don't mind. Buy them as present from Penang. Tau Sar Piah, Pong Piah and Postman cake (the name got stuck as Postman cake from...more
There are quite a few places in town to get measured up for a suit and Malaysia's prices are not unreasonable. I personally prefer doing business with the Chinese rather than the Indian tailors, although you need to be prepared to bargain well, once a price is agreed you can trust the work is done well and you'll be more than satisfied with your...more
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An easy day trip from Georgetown is Penang hill by bus (known as Bukit Bendera). You can ride the cable car to the peak and get a view of the area, it takes 30 minutes. Word of warning: allow yourself plenty of time to ride it or check the times as there can be long gaps between services.
George Town was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7th July, 2008. The "reason" for this was explained: the built and living environment of this historic city reflect the unique mosaic of multi-cultural elements from the Malay Archipelago, India, China and Europe to create an architectural and cultural townscape unparalleled in the...more