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.


This art installation is intended to create awareness among pet owners, to spend time with their pets.
Address: Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Established in 1998, Talentime Music offers practical and theory music courses for both children and adults. Their list of music courses include piano, organ, violin, guitar, er hu and vocal classes.
Address: 10, Lorong Helang 2, Desa Permai Indah, Gelugor, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
Eng Chuan Tong is the clan temple of the Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi which is the oldest of the Tan clan associations in Penang. It is located at Seh Tan Court which is linked to Beach Street in the inner city of George Town.
Address: Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tanjung City Marina, also known as the Church Street Pier is open to the public and is a favorite hangout place for Penangites.
Address: Lebuh Church Pier, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ghee Hiang began as a humble pastry shop in Penang more than 150 years ago. Tourists flock to this Penang flagship store to buy its famous Tau Sar Piah freshly baked from the oven.
Address: 95, Beach Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ghee Hiang began as a humble pastry shop in Penang more than 150 years ago. Tourists flock to this Penang flagship store to buy its famous Tau Sar Piah freshly baked from the oven.
Address: 144-1 Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ghee Hiang began as a humble pastry shop in Penang more than 150 years ago. Tourists flock to this Penang flagship store to buy its famous Tau Sar Piah freshly baked from the oven.
Address: 216, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10400, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Teh Bunga Mansion at 138 Hutton Lane is a stately double-storey historic building in George Town.
Address: 138 Hutton Lane, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
During the first and fifteenth day of every lunar month the goddess of Mercy Temple is a packed with devotees seekin divine guidance.
Address: Lorong Muda (Off Jalan Stewart), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Nine Emperor Temple will be decorated every 9th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar for the annual Nine Emperor Gods festival. The temple was constructed in 2000 to replace an older temple that was built next to it in 1971.
Address: Lot 894 & 896, Mukim 14, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, 12300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Art E Space is all about providing an accessible artistic experience for individuals of all ages and abilities.
Address: 3C-1-C, Straits Quay, Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470, Penang, MALAYSIA
Following her first mural of a 'Little Boy' on Prangin Canal, George Town, 'The Boatman' is the second mural painted by Russian artist Julia Volchkova during her brief trip in Penang.
Address: Lebuh Klang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Opened in August 2013, The Camera Museum exhibits a collection of cameras from the eighteenth century till present day, from antique to lomo cameras. Keep a look out for unique rooms such as the Pinhole Room that allows you to imagine yourself being inside a large camera and understand how a camera works from the ancient time until today.
Address: 49, Lebuh Muntri, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Cat Studio is a music, dance and performance school with a featured recording studio. Apart from offering music and dance courses, The Cat Studio also offers audio recording, editing and voice overs. There's also an online music store to check out on their website.
Address: 24, Pinhorn Road, Jelutong, 11600, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Garage is a restored building at Upper Penang Road. The Garage began as a garage and motorcar showroom for British Leyland vehicles including the Morris, Austin and the Jaguar. For many years, it functioned as a car service centre.
Address: 2, Penang Road, Kampung Sungai Keluang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Great Wall is the name of the hill retreat which is built in 20th century Penang tycoon and Municipal Commissioner , Khoo Sian Ewe. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco Style.
Address: Penang Hill, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Ayer Itam, 11500, Penang, MALAYSIA
The House of Yeap Chor Ee was the first home of Yeap Chor Ee, a young immigrant who came to Penang in 1885 and worked as a barber before becoming a captain of industry at the turn of the 20th century. The building was converted into a social history gallery in 2008. Through the journey of Yeap Chor Ee, the gallery gives an insight into his remarkable life and the lives of immigrants who arrived on the island from China more than 100 years ago.
Address: 4 Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10000, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located in Lebuh Penang, The Leaf Bicycle Rental offers rentals for classical bicycles, folding bikes, mountain bikes, parent-child bikes and tandem bicycle.
Address: 5, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Chulia Street was one of the main streets laid out by Captain Francis Light. Today is known as "Backpackers" main street.
Address: Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
A Malaysia Book of Records award winner - The Owl Museum on Penang Hill offers a fascinating collection of over 3,000 rare and exotic, owl-inspired arts and crafts. Be inspired by the enigmatic birds of prey and the magic they have sparked in human cultured and imaginations since thebeginning of time. The museum sets to mesmerize with owl crafts sourced internationally from 30 countries all around the world. Expect to be enthralled during your visit as the museum re-introduce and pay tribute to these mystical creatures in different forms, shapes, colours and sizes. Withthe new addition in year 2014, the 3D interactive owl sculptures will get you and your camera busy for plenty of photo opportunities.
Address: Penang Hill, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Whiteways Arcade building was constructed in the early 1900's. The block got its name from its original occupant, the Whiteways & Laidlaw General Store at the Bishop Street end of the building, while the Netherlands-Indian Bank occupied the Church Street end of the building. During the British administration, Whiteways Building housed upmarket shops and offices.
Address: Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Hokkiens called this street Par Thang Ah Kay or Coopersmiths Street, a reference to the early Malay orazlery making brass and copper wares.
Address: Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Thin Seng Sauce Factory is a traditional soya sauce factory which is located at George Town.
Address: 18, Kampung Malabar (Moved to Jalan Gemas), George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Thio Thiaw Siat Building is located along Beach Street in George Town with an impressive structure. It was built in 1920 for the estate of the late Cheong Fatt Tze. The buildings have a combination of Eastern & Western elements reflective of the Starits Eclectic Sense of aesthetics.
Address: 37A, Beach Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
This mural caricature depicts three different girls in traditional costumes.
Address: Lorong Armenian, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Kimberely Street is famous for its hawker food. Some stalls have been here for over 3 generations.
Address: Lebuh Kimberly / Jalan Sungai Ujong, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
For over four decades, master craftsman Ng Chai Tiam has carved countless traditional Chinese stone seals which are used by businessmen, traders and caligraphy artists as a signature on official documents and works of art.
Address: 85, Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Seck Chuan Lane was a distribution centre for market produce. Many itinerant hawkers took advantage of the crowds by plying their foods here. One of the favourite foods sold is ting ting thong or rock candy, a hardened mixture of sugar, sesame seeds, and nuts loved by kids. It has to be 'Chiselled' and 'Hammered' to break it into smaller biteable pieces.
Address: Lorong Seck Chuan (Near Lebuh Chulia), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Toishan Ningyang Wui Kwon (36 & 38 King Street) is a clan temple to the Toi Shan community in Penang, who originated from a Canton locality. The temple has a membership of close to 5,000 people and is around 200 years old.
Address: 38 King Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
One big, one small! Tok tok mee is so called because hawkers would strike a ‘Tok Tok’ sound to signal their presence.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling / Lebuh China, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ayoyo, too spicy? Water! The famous Weld Quay was the birthplace of Kelinga Mee, a spicy Indian noodle dish created to whet the appetites of sailors and port workers.
Address: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The hand-pulled rickshaw was the most popular form of transportation in early Penang.
Address: Lorong Soo Hong (Near Lebuh Armenian), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Tamils refer to this street as upperlearan Teru on Salt Traders Street, a reference to the trading activities.
Address: Green Hall (Near Lebuh Light), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The foundation stone of the Town Hall was laid in 1879 and the main building completed in 1883. It consisted of an assembly hall, a grand ballroom, and a library. An annex was added in 1890 while the porch and top floor added in 1903. The left wing - when cement plaster was introduced - as added in 1930.
Address: Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Part of the unique feature of Townbikes is the four-seater bicycles that comes in striking shades of yellow and red. Make sure to reserve these bicycles quick before someone else get their hands on it.
Address: 5, Lorong Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located in Teluk Bahang, the Toy Museum Heritage Garden is a wax museum, toy museum, museum of bags and collectibles and heritage garden rolled into one. The museum has been listed twice in the Malaysia Book of Records as one of the largest toy museum in the country.
Address: 1370, MK2, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang, MALAYSIA
Teow Hin Chan is one of George Town's last purveyors of traditional Chinese kitchenware which is all imported from different regions of China according to the region's speciality. Most of the traditional kitchenware in the shop is made entirely or partially by hand. In addition to kitchenware, the shop also stocks a range of porcelain Chinese idols.
Address: Teow Hin Chan, 224, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The tour begins from George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) with a brief introduction of the fascinating traders. The walkabout includes sites like Campbell Street Market, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Queen Street, Market Street, Beach Street and Armenian Street. The heritage discovery walk is based on first come first served basis with prior registration. A minimum of 10 participants to a maximum of 20 participants is required for each tour.
Address: George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), No. 116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Trishaws used to be a popular mode of transport in the olden days in Penang. The location for this trishaw mural resembles the trishaw riders' waiting area near the Cititel Hotel.
Address: Jalan Penang, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Also known as Lang Chia Keng, this building is one of the few community houses that is still standing in George Town. It is located at Burmah Road and it is only a short distance from Ariffin Court.
Address: Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tseng Lung Fui Kon Soceity is located at 22 King Street which is next to Kar Yin Association. It is a district association of the Hakka people from the Tseng Lung district of Guangdong Province in Southern China.
Address: 22, King Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Art Gallery is an art gallery located in Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Address: Jalan Sungai Dua, Sungai Dua, 11800, Penang, MALAYSIA
Permatang Benuan Blacksmiths is one of the oldest cultural steel equipment manufacturer that active in business since 1841. They are the only manufacturers traditional Malay weapons, famous not only in Penang but throughout northern Peninsular Malaysia. Based on records, Sultan of Kedah placed these blacksmiths specifically to prepare weapons for his armed forces to strike against British. During those days, Seberang Perai was a province under Kedah's rule. These blacksmiths of Pekan Darat manufactured weaponry for Kedah's armforces such as cannonballs and steel weaponry during Siam - Kedah War from 1821 - 1842.
Address: Permatang Benuan, Jalan Pekan Darat, Butterworth, 13800, Penang, MALAYSIA