colourful history as a meeting point bridging the East and West as well as
Asia’s major civilisations is apparent in the island’s unique architecture that
showcases a wide array of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan and European
Fort Cornwallis is a reminder of George Town’s
colonial past and was built on the site where Captain Francis Light of the East India Company set up SE
Asia’s first British settlement. The star-shaped fort is open to the public and
offers pleasant views of the island.
Across from the Fort are two well-preserved examples of colonial architecture in City Hall and Town Hall.
beautiful Kapitan Keling Mosque with its distinctive Moorish features
is situated in the heart of George Town’s Muslim Enclave and is also within
walking distance of the historic Lebuh Acheh Mosque (Acheen
Street Mosque). The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang
and features an intricately decorated tower featuring Hindu deities.
are plenty of traditional Chinese clan houses or Kongsis to be found in George
Town including the famous Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi and Cheah Kongsi,
which are both masterpieces of southern Chinese architecture and craftsmanship. The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt
Tze Mansion) belonged
to Cheong Fatt Tze, who was regarded as the Rockefeller of the East. Today,
this stunning mansion is open for guided tours and is also a boutique hotel.
leafy suburb of Pulau Tikus is home to two Buddhist temples situated along the
same street (Lorong Burma) - one Burmese (Dharmikarama
Burmese Temple), the other Thai (Wat
representing the neighbourhood’s unique mix and also showcasing two completely
different architectural styles.