George Town Travel Guide

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George Town Things to Do

  • Temples of George Town

    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,...

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  • Fort Cornwallis

    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...

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  • House of Happiness

    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...

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  • Penang's Heritage in Postboxes

    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...

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  • OHL Gallery - The Art of Innovative...

    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...

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  • Old and New Georgetown

    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...

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  • Old Treasures..or junk?

    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….:-))

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  • Oldest Market in Georgetown

    Campbell Street Market is one the oldest market in Georgetown, built in 1900s. This market was built on an old Malay cemetery known as Hutan Mayat (Forest of the dead), scary eh?

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  • Ting...Ting..Ting...R O T I ...

    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...

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  • Colourful Wall Paintings

    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...

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  • Shiva Temple.

    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...

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  • The Kek Lok Si Temple.

    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...

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  • Tropical Spice Garden.

    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...

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  • Komtar shopping komplex.

    Komtar is an abbreviation for KOMpleks Tun Abdul Razak. It is a 65-storey building which contains departments, offices, shops, restaurants, theatres and, on the 55th floor, a viewing platform.Underneath the complex there is a bus station.

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  • The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist...

    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.

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George Town Hotels

  • Hotel Mingood

    We came for a short stay but extended due to the more than adequate accommodations, convenient...

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  • Hotel Hong Ping

    I'm not sure what the real Waldorf would think of its Georgetown namesake but I haven't heard...

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  • Merchant

    My arrival in Georgetown coincided with the Hindu Deepavali festival. Not only that but Penang was...

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George Town Restaurants

  • The Devil's Muachi

    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....

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  • Decent and varied food in a pleasant...

    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...

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  • Nice foodcourt with good variety.

    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...

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George Town Nightlife

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    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 25, 2003

    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.

    Bollywood movie house

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George Town Transportation

  • Flights to/from Penang.

    There is an airport on the southeastern tip of Penang, Penang International Airport, at the distance of 16 km from Georgetown.I post the link to the airport here, and here I post the link to Wikipedia which has good information on the airport.

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  • Train journeys to/from Penang.

    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.

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  • Bus station.

    You find bus station underneath the KOMTAR complex.

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George Town Shopping

  • Postman Cake

    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...

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  • Tailors

    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...

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George Town Warnings and Dangers

  • Open Drains

    As in many parts of SE Asia, open drains are used in Penang. It's obvious to say so, but don't fall down one. As you're walking along, watch where you are stepping.

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  • Poverty

    Coming to Malaysia from Singapore especially it can be a bit of a shock to suddenly be confronted with a lot of poverty on the streets.

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  • A warning for the girls ...

    There are lots of handsome, eligible men in George Town. Watch that you don't get carried away and lose your heart to one of them.

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George Town Off The Beaten Path

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    by deeper_blue Written Jun 15, 2012

    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.

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George Town Favorites

  • George Town on the Heritage List.

    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...

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Penang

    George Town is located off the Malaysian penisular on the island of Penang to the west. It's connected to the mainland by bridge and there is also a ferry service connecting it to Butterworth. The island itself is easy to get around and worth exploring.

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Wat Chaiyamangalaram and the Reclining Buddha.
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The Yap Temple / Yap Kongsi.
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Khoo Kongsi.
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The Guan Yin Temple.
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The Old Protestant Cemetery.
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion
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Driving across Penang bridge.
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Chinese temples
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The Clock Tower
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Sea watching At Esplanade
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Penang World Heritage Site - Penang City Hall
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Beautiful Old Protestant Cemetery
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Komtar tower
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Night train to KL
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Ferry from mainland
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Little India
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The Beautiful Angsana Trees in Penang
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Cenotaph at the Esplanade
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St George Church
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Chew Jetty
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Masjid Kapitan Keling
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Goddess of Mercy Temple
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Probaply the best place in Asia for food.
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The World Heritage Man.
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The fort Cornwallis lighthouse.
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Fort Cornwallis.
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The city hall.
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The victorian clocktower.
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Good tourist information.
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The komtar tower.
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Very good indian food at low cost.
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Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house in Georgetown
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Fort Cornwallis
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George Town - Leith Street
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George Town - King Street
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Traditional One-Stop Convenience Outlets
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George Town - Dato' Kramat Road
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George Town - Chulia Street
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George Town - Air Itam Road
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George Town - Penang Road
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