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


The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) was established in 1986 as a charitable NGO, dedicated to promoting Penang's cultural and built heritage. Its objectives are to promote the conservation of Penang's heritage, to facilitate cultural educational programmes, to organize public awareness programmes and to cooperate with other like-minded organizations in Malaysia and abroad.
Address: 26, Church Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ascend Penang Hill, 720-metre above sea level by means of funicular train. Enjoy the bird's eye view (usually clearer in the afternoon) of George Town and feel the cool and refreshing air at the summit. Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia'a largest Buddhist temple. Marvel at the 30-metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the 7-tier 'Thousand-Buddha Pagoda' and the 'Pond of Longevity'. Duration of tour: 3.5 hours
Address: Penang, MALAYSIA
Led by Peranakan food maestro Pearly Kee, learn to prepare Nyonya homecooking dishes such as Nyonya stir fried pork, nasi sambal fried rice, pineapple sweet curry and more.
Address: 85 Taman Berjaya, Pulau Tikus, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
Immerse yourself in the forgotten musical heritage of Penang with exhibits and interactive features, with a spotlight on the traditional music of Penang's diverse communities; the defining period of the 1930s to the 1970s; as well as musical icons that have shaped the music of Penang and Malaysia.
Address: L4-02, Level 4, ICT Digital Mall, KOMTAR, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
Penang Islamic Museum is known as the Syed Alatas Mansion. It displays the history of Islam in Malaysia through a number of 19th-century antiques.
Address: 128, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, 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. Description by Penang State Art Gallery
Address: 57, Macalister Road, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang State Mosque was constructed in the 1970s with Western Modernist and Malay influences in its design. The mosque itself accommodates 5,000 worshippers.
Address: Jalan Air Itam, Ayer Itam, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
In 1962, action was taken by the State Government to secure a suitable place to house the state museum and art gallery. The acquisition of the present building, which once housed the Penang Free School (1821 – 1927) and then the Hutchings School (1928 – 1960) was inspired by the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia's Prime Minister) who wished to preserve this dignified old building where he and many leading citizens had been pupils. On 10 July 1963, the State Government formed the first Committee comprising officers and representatives of various interests under the chairmanship of the State Secretary, Encik Abu Hassan Abdullah, to discuss the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery. The outcome was the formation of a Working Committee under Miss Nicol-Smith, Senior Lecturer in English at Malayan Teachers’ college and who have had some experience as a Museum Curator before. After three meetings, this Working Committee presented on 29 Oct 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24 Feb 1964, the setting up of a Museum and Art Gallery proper. - Text from Penang State Museum official website
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sun Yat Sen Museum is a historical museum that revolves Asian nationalist figure of the early 20th century, Dr Sun Yat Sen.
Address: 65, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Supreme Court Building was built in 1809 and designed in the Palladian style.
Address: Farquhar street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
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