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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.


Chong San Wooi Koon is a Cantonese district association located at the junction of Lebuh King (King Street) and Lebuh Gereja (Church Street) in George Town. It is the association of Cantonese clansmen from Heong San district in present-day Guangdong Province in southern China. The association is housed in a heritage building built in the 19th century. The building was already in its place during a 1870s document.
Address: Junction of Lebuh King and Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
This old Acehnese godown was originally a jail building already extant in 1805 - hence the thick walls and small windows.
Address: Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Esplanade is a popular venue for events. It is famous for the Chap Goh Meh celebration. Since the 19th century, eligible young Nyonyas would gather on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, known fondly among locals as Chap Goh Meh or Chinese Valentine’s Day, at the Esplanade to throw Mandarin oranges into the sea in the hopes of finding a good suitor – a tradition still practiced today.
Address: Lebuh Light, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located in Air Itam, Excel Music Studio provides quality music education to both children and adults. They offer traditional classical music courses to the more current pop and rock music courses. Excel Music also provides Christian music courses specially designed for aspiring church musicians.
Address: 43B, Lintang Angsana, Bandar Baru, Air Itam, 11500, 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: Fazal Mohammed Bros., 111, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
This art installation was created to discourage people from disposing of unwanted pets, but instead, sterilize their pet to prevent unwanted litters. It was created by ASA (Artists for Stray Animals) for the 101 Lost Kittens project.
Address: Gat Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The floating mosque is built on the bay but is not actually floating. It is standing on pilings and stilts and also has a towering minaret which the height is equivalent to a seven storey-building.
Address: Jalan Tanjung Bunga, Tanjung Bunga, 11200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Traditional garland making is a skill that was brought to Penang by Indian immigrants as an intrinsic part of Hinduism, where garlands and fresh flowers are offered at temple shrines and households altars. Commonly used flowers include, jasmine, marigolds, dahlias and roses, chosen for their fragrance and colour and sourced from flower farms on Penang Hill and as far afield as the Cameron Highlands.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Foo Tye Sin Mansion is one of the first non-European mansions to be erected along Light Street. Until the time it was built, around the mid 19th Century, Light Street was the preserve of the European elite.
Address: 1, Light Street, 10200 George Town, Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Fort Cornwallis is named after the Governor-General in Bengal in the late 1700s, Charles Cornwallis. It is one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown. It is located close to the Esplanade, next to the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower.
Address: Padang Kota Lama, 10200 George Town, Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
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