Places of Worship in Penang
Once known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, Penang Island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Malaysia’s most exciting destinations. A melting pot of traditional and modern Asian cultures, the island’s capital city Georgetown boasts historic buildings, monuments, and museums showcasing the breadth and depth of its unique heritage.
Established as a port for the British Empire back in 1786 by Captain Francis Light, Penang attracted seafaring immigrants from the Middle East, India, and China who made the hilly island their permanent home. Bringing their religious beliefs with them, these new residents built iconic places of worship—many of which are still in use today.
Some over a century old, Penang’s religious sites offer visitors a fascinating insight into how Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Protestantism established their roots in the land.
Walk with us as we journey through Penang’s best-loved temples, mosques, and churches.