Culture & Heritage
DIRECTORY

Here are Penang’s must-try food, quirky cafes, popular attractions and exciting parks all in a convenient list format to keep handy while travelling.


Here your find traditional Cantonese restaurants serving Dim Sum.
Address: Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
These shops stock a range of high quality textiles imported from Japan and Korea as well as imported sarongs from India and Indonesia, and locally-produced batik sarongs. Some retailers have diversified and also sell religious paraphernalia for Hajj pilgrims such as special luggage labels, bags, outfits and prayer mats.
Address: Syarikat Medina Store 109, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Saw Seng Kew Building at 23 Beach Street is a double-storey office building that was erected in the early 20th century.
Address: 23, Beach Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Segara Ninda or Ku Din Ku Meh House is a double story bungalow where Tengku Baharudin Tengku Meh, also known by the nickname, Tunku Kudin used it as his trading base for his trading such as birds' nest, timber and coconut.
Address: 20, Penang Road, George Town, 10000, Penang, MALAYSIA
Seri Mutiara is the official residence of the Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri, or governor, of Penang and was completed in 1890.
Address: Jalan Utama, George Town, 10500, Penang, MALAYSIA
Shade me if you love me depicts an umbrella over eight cat prints. The intention is to create awareness for people to adopt and shelter stray animals, particularly cats.
Address: Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Shao Lin Athletic Association of Penang was established in 1956 by Patriach Sik Koh Sum in order to teach Sao Lim Hood Khar Pai.
Address: Lebuh Muntri (Moved to Lintang Angsana Bandar Baru Air Itam), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sheikh Al-Hadi's Residence is a bungalow owned by Muslim novelist and journalist, Syed Sheikh bin Syed Ahmad Al-Hadi. He moved to Penang to enhance his background in literature and journalism as well as to advance in the field of Islamic study.
Address: Jalan Jelutong, George Town, 11600, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tan Kok Oo custom-makes Nyonya beaded shoes and slippers which are traditionally worn with the Nyonya kebaya and sarong. His clients can choose their motifs from his catalogues or bring in their own print outs for him to refer to. Creating a pair of beaded shoes is an incredibly time-consuming process as the plastic beads are so tiny. It can take up to three months to complete the beading for a single pair of shoes.
Address: Handmade Nyonya Beaded Shoes, 4, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Barbers used to operate here. Shorn hair was simply swept into the Prangin canal.
Address: Jalan Sungai Ujong (Near Jalan Penang), George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Many traditional Chinese businesses and homes in George Town still proudly display wooden signboards over their front doors - the former announce company names or auspicious couplets, while the latter depicts family surnames.
Address: Sung Dynasty Wood Carving, 77 Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Address: 37, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10020, Penang, MALAYSIA
"Skippy" or a giant cat mural bless the walls of George Town in conjunction with George Town Festival 2013.
Address: Gat Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Snake Temple was built in 1850, dedicated to Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist priest and healer.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas, 10500, Penang, MALAYSIA
A songkok is traditional Malay headgear worn by men during important religious and festive occasions such as Hari Raya, weddings and the weekly visit to the mosque.
Address: 157, Lebuh King, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Soo Beng Dispensary is a heritage building built in the Art Deco style with Shanghai plaster which was established by Dr Lim Chwee Leong.
Address: 104 Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Soon Tuck Wooi Kwon was established in 1838 for people from Soon Tuck, Kwangdong.
Address: Love Lane, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
George Town's spice merchants which operate from shops along Lebuh Pasar in the Little India enclave are an enduring legacy of Penang's spice trade. These traders play an integral part in Penang's food industry and culinary heritage. The shops are packed to the brim with spices from all over the world, which are then distributed to wholesalers, small grocery stores, restaurants, grinding mills and housewives.
Address: Syarikat Abdul Ghaffar Trading, 29 & 29A Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
In the early 20th century the slightly trisque reputation of this area was further enhance by the presence of Japanese camera shops which were suspected of covert spying activities.
Address: Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Built in 1833, the Arulmigu Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, Malaysia, and features sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and facade.
Address: Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Sri Teratai is the official residence of the Chief Minister of Penang.
Address: Macalister Road, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
The St. Anne Church is a famous Roman Catholic located at Bukit Mertajam. It was founded in 1846 and the main church for the annual celebrations for St. Anne feast.
Address: Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, 10400, Penang, MALAYSIA
St.Francis Xavier Church was built for the Tamil-speaking Catholics in Penang. The church was founded in 1852 by Father Francis Xavier Hob.
Address: 52K, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000, Penang, MALAYSIA
The St George's church is one of the oldest landmarks in Malaysia and it's the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia, built in 1818. It was restored as a National Treasure in 2010-2011. Today, it is still a place of worship for the Anglican Christian communities.
Address: 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Standard Chartered Bank Building is the first bank in Malaysia, which is built in a stout four-storey structure in British Palladian style.
Address: Beach Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang State Art Gallery is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The non-circulating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from year 1965 to the present. The Penang State Art Gallery presents artworks revolving around ideas of identity, urbanization, globalisation and the environment, these works raise pertinent issues on urban living in the modern cityscape and prompt us to consider how the artists have translated their visions about these issues into works of art.
Address: 57, Macalister Road, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
The State Assembly Building is a public building built in the Anglo-Indian classical style in the early 19th Century.
Address: Light Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The centre showcases a variety of high quality craft which can be purchased. These include hand woven scarfs, tie and dye bags in vibrant colours, home made soaps, candles etc. All products are made by members with special needs who have channeled their skills and abilities into a viable career. Stepping stone is a Support Centre for Community Living run by an NGO, Asia Community Service.
Address: 53,Jalan Bharu, Bukit Satu, MK 1 Pulau Betong, Balik Pulau, 11000, Penang, MALAYSIA
Butterworth railway station is located in the transportation hub which offer various transportation such as bus, taxi stations, ferry and train. Architecture of this station maintains the cultural heritage inherited from British colonial era. This station provide passage to other port of Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand such as Bangkok and Hat Yai.
Address: Jalan Pantai, Butterworth, 12100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Stroll along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling to experience the Street of Harmony that consists of four places of worships that coexist together in harmony. Along the street, you will find St George's Church, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, The Goddess of Mercy Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Managed by self-taught abstract photographer Howard Tan, Studio Howard features a wide range of photography subjects from historical buildings in Malaysia and Langkawi to landscapes and old quarters of Penang.
Address: 154 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10020, Penang, MALAYSIA
Suffolk Estate Bridge is located in front of Suffolk House and is a reconstruction of an 18th century bridge across the Ayer Itam River.
Address: 250, Jalan Ayer Itam, Ayer Itam, 10460, Penang, MALAYSIA
Suffolk House was originally owned by Captain Francis Light. Today Suffolk House has been converted into well-established restaurant.
Address: 250, Jalan Air Itam, Air Itam, 10460, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sun Wui Wui Koon, located at Lebuh Bishop has strong Chinese influences in its building style.
Address: 38 Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sunalini Yoga is a yoga centre located in George Town.
Address: 92 Love Lane, George Town, 10500, Penang, MALAYSIA.
The Penang Supreme Court Building, or Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang, is an elegant Palladian-style building along Lebuh Light in George Town. The courthouse was built to replace the original courthouse which was constructed on the same site in 1809.
Address: Light Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Swee Hock Chan Godown belonged to supporters of Dr Sun Yat Sen which was previously used to accommodate the Penang Philomatic Union.
Address: 25, Acheen Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Swettenham Pier is the seaport established in 1903. It was named after Frank Athelstane Swettenham, the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States.
Address: Level 2, Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, No 1A, King Edward Place Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
George Town's spice merchants which operate from shops along Lebuh Pasar in the Little India enclave are an enduring legacy of Penang's spice trade. These traders play an integral part in Penang's food industry and culinary heritage. The shops are packed to the brim with spices from all over the world, which are then distributed to wholesalers, small grocery stores, restaurants, grinding mills and housewives.
Address: Syarikat S.A.P. Abdul Salam, 25, Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA