Located at the north eastern tip of the island, George Town in Penang is the seat of administration and the commercial hub of the state. This bustling metropolis combines the best of East and West as seen in its fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colourful history. Much of its charm also lies in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas. Penang today is a resort island in full bloom - an idyllic playground for worshippers of the sun and sea. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festive celebrations for visitors to witness and enjoy.
George Town, the state capital of Penang, has an unparalleled collection of buildings from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. It is a living, breathing historic settlement where temples, mosques, churches, guild clan and houses, wet markets, bazaars, retail shops and old-fashioned hawkers have survived the transition into the 21st Century and provide a fascinating window into the past as the city sets its sights on becoming a World Heritage City. Penang teems with enchanting buildings that bear great significance to the history of the region.
George Town and Melaka have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in the East and Southeast Asia.
* Must Do....
Trishaw Ride to see the narrow streets of Geoge Town up close
Stop and drink the "Teh Tarik" - strong, sweets and milky tea
Enjoy the Chinese Opera performance during the religious festivals
Visit Batu Feringgi Beach to let the sea breeze blow away your stress.
Being a Penang hotel near George Town, guests of PARKROYAL Penang Resort can easily access this prime destination.
photo courtesy of Jeremy Tan