Colonial old houses, Penang

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    Suffolk House

    by gravity6 Written Mar 8, 2011

    Known as the first "Great House" and is a colonial Mansion that was build on William Light's land. It has been recently restored in a partnership between the Malaysioan Govt, Corporate investment and donations. To say that it was restored from a shell is an overstatement, it has been lovingly restored and furnished with itmes that fit with the period of the house. Spend the extra money (about $2 AUD) and get the guided tour, it is worth the extra information.

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    Chinese shophouses

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 16, 2010
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    Chinese immigrants brought with them architecture from their ancestral land as can be seen in the many Chinese temples and clan houses. A great many of the shophouses and residences found in George Town were built in the style of Straits-Chinese architecture with their very recognisable red terracotta roofs.

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    Architecture of Penang

    by cochinjew Written Apr 19, 2008
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    Penang has managed to preserve and rehabilitate the architecture which was typical of this part of the world. shopfronts and houses one after another usually inhabitated by the chinese. it is a distinct pleasure to look at them, now painted in various colours.

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    Architecture of Penang

    by cochinjew Written Apr 19, 2008
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    Penang has managed to preserve and rehabilitate the architecture which was typical of this part of the world. shopfronts and houses one after another usually inhabitated by the chinese. it is a distinct pleasure to look at them, now painted in various colours.

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    Penang, one of the 7 wonders of the urban world

    by bpacker Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    "This port on the Straits of Malacca shows that booming cities can compete in the world economy without sacrificing their soul. Penang feels far more relaxed than most Asian cities and looks much the way it did decades ago, with bustling marketplaces and winding streets lined by traditional "shophouses".

    (The Utne Reader)

    Now, if you're an American, chances are, you would have come across this delightful magazine that offers alternative and insightful views of the world in general. Well, this worthy mag recently proclaimed Penang to be one of the seven urban wonders of the world! Quite a feat if you consider that there are thousands of beautiful cities all over, vying for that honour ( Singapore included ) . But really, once you're there, you'll understand that statement well. How many places on earth can you find tradition so well preserved in the midst of modernity? Even in Singapore, preservation sometimes take a sterile turn. If you can, take the time to go to the cramped and narrow thoroughfares of Chinatown. Look at the lettered colonnades, colourful awnings and the colourful russet roofs. And that's just the architecture. Consider the ancient trade that still goes on behind those walls. Visit an old restaurant if you can, or an ancient craftsman shop where time-trusted tools are still used.

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    Old houses

    by yuet29 Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Colonial old houses are one of the unique attraction in Penang. These houses contribute to the heritage of Georgetown.

    Previously, for those house owners that didnt stay in the town, their houses are rented out with a very low price (may be never adjusted for several years). An act was approced a few years ago where the house owners now have right to increase the rent to a reasonable price- which actually cannot afford by the residence. So, many people who stayed there are forced to move out. The houses are blank.

    Nowadays, some of the houses became the drug addictor palace.

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    Colonial Buildings

    by cheekychic Written Sep 17, 2004

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    A nimble amble through the historical sights in George Town: the first four streets mapped out by city fathers in George Town, namely Beach Street, Light Street, Pitt Street (now Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling) and Chulia Street are still very much relevant and bustle with traffic everyday.

    Beach Street is now known as the financial hub in Penang, the old colonial buildings have been occupied mostly by financial institutions.

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    Old brick houses

    by kenyneo Written Apr 1, 2004

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    old  brick houses - Penang

    These old house in Penang are made of bricks only , instead of the normal half-wood and half brick houses.

    Its usually used as an association house or club for pensioners.

    It seems that these houses has been painted with new life. And be seen near King Street and Church Street .

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    Old Building

    by Imbi Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    This building is one of those few buildings in Penang city which recalls the memories of old colonial days. It used to be a residential place but due to its age it is no more in that state to be occupied for accommodation.

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    China Town

    by Imbi Written Feb 2, 2004

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    It truly reflects the factual Chinese culture. All the buildings, shops and residential places replicate the actual Chinese culture of China. Moving around into these areas will unquestionably take you back in time.

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    Architecture

    by Stepwalk Written Apr 23, 2010
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    It is interesting walking the streets of Georgetown and looking at the older architecture influenced by the Chinese. You get a real sense that in some ways nothing has changed in over 100 years.

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