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George Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Georgetown was jointly listed with Melaka in UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 07-July-2008 under the title 'Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca'.

The Historic City of George Town covers a core zone of 109.38 Ha and a buffer zone of 150.04 Ha.

A few places of interest are Fort Cornwallis area, Streets of Harmony, Ferry/Jetty area and the clan houses area.

Heritage Sites in George Town
Places of worship
Malaysia practices freedom of religion. Penang's Streets of Harmony is a starting place where people can see four main religions being practiced in Malaysia. This area is also a multiracial area where in the olden days, people from all over the the world came here to trade and settle down.

Apart from the UNESCO core zone in George Town, Penang has many other popular places of worship especially temples and churches.

A few worship places are Kek Lok Si, Snake Temple, Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Temple. Popular Hindu temples are Nattukkottai Chettiars' Temple and Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani near Penang Botanical Garden.

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  1. About Malaysia
  2. Temples, Mosques, Churches,
  3. Heritage Sites & Buildings,
  4. Hill Resorts, Beach Resorts, National Parks,
  5. Hiking, Diving / Snorkelling, Water Rafting, Caving
  6. Dining, Shopping, Education, Health & Beauty,

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Places of Interest List (only buddhist / chinese temples available)
  1. Kek Lok Si
  2. Snake Temple
  3. Wat Chaiyamangkalaram
  4. Dhammikarama Temple
  5. Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani
  6. Penang Hill
  7. MPPP / Youth Park
  8. Penang Botanic Gardens
  9. Penang National Park
  10. Forest Park / Taman Rimba
  11. Gurney Drive
  12. Homestay Places
UNESCO Listed Buildings
Apart from the UNESCO core and buffer zones, Penang has a few UNESCO listed buildings.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was given an Award of Most Excellent Project in 2000 by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

Han Jiang Ancestral Temple was given an Award of Merit in 2006 by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

Suffolk House was given an Award of Distinction in 2008 by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

UNESCO Listed Buildings
Nature Sites
Penang has beautiful and special nature sites. It is an island where at least 50% of its land area is high land. Therefore, it has sea / channel surrounding it and hills.

One of its special nature site is the Penang National Park. This park covers a land area of 12 km2 and sea area of 14 km2 . Other popular nature sites are Penang Botanical Garden, Youth Park, Penang Hill and beaches from Tanjung Bunga to Batu Ferringhi to Teluk Bahang.

Good hiking places would be to Penang Hill from a few starting places such as Moon Gate near Botanical Garden, Youth Park and Taman Rimba in Teluk Bahang. Other places to hike are Bukit Jambul and Cendana Hill.

As for jungle trekking, a good place to would be the Penang National Park and Taman Rimba.

Nature Sites
Dining-Eating Areas / Restaurants
Penang has a few food courts which are not located inside malls. These food courts sell popular hawkers' food which cater for Malaysians of most races.

A few of these food courts are New World Park and the Hawkers' Centre in Gurney Drive which is just next to Gurney Plaza. Hawkers' Food usually cost between RM3.00 to about RM7.00 per plate / bowl.

There are many restaurants some of which are specialised in certain kind of cuisine. For example, Indian food, Japanese food, Thai food, Italian food, Western food, Korean food and some middle-east type of food. There are many restaurants selling cuisine using chinese style of cooking, or should I say, Penang-chinese style.

I will give more about food and eating places in the future.

Eating Places
Shopping
Penang has a few big shopping malls such as Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas and Gurney Plaza in Gurney Drive. Branded goods are mostly found in these shopping malls.

Other shopping malls are Prangin Mall, KOMTAR, Gama Supermarket and Penang Time Square in Georgetown, Island Plaza in Tanjung Tokong and Sunshine Square and Bukit Jambul Complex in Bayan Lepas.

There are many hypermarkets such as Sunshine Farlim near Air Itam, Tesco Hypermarket in Gelugor and Giant Supermarket in Penang Plaza. These cater mainly the locals.



Shopping

About Penang
Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia, latitute coordinates 5o8'N - 5o35'N and longtitude coordinates 100o8'E - 100o32'E. It consist of an island called Penang Island and a piece of land on the Peninsula Malaysia called Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley) which are separated by a channel.

The Island and Mainland is connected by a bridge called "Penang Bridge" which is located near Batu Uban, Gelugor Coastal Highway. People can also commute between these two places by Ferry. In 2013, Penang Island and Province Wellesley got a second bridge connecting them called Penang Second Bridge.

Penang Island has a land area of about 293 km2 and Seberang Perai has a land area of about 738 km2. Therefore, Penang has a total land area of about 1031 km2 and growing due to land reclamation. Penang Island is about 60% highland. Therefore, the build-up area in Penang Island is small.

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History of Penang
Penang, also known as 'Pearl of the Orient' or 'Pulau Mutiara' in Malay Language was actually part of Kedah state but was given by the Sultan of Kedah to British East India Company in 1786 in exchange for protection against Siamese. Some of Penang old names were Pulau Ka Satu called by the Malays and PingLang Yu by Cheng Ho.

Captain Francis Light of the British navy was given the honour as the 'founder' of Penang when he landed on Penang on 11 August 1786. He renamed it to 'Prince of Wales Island' as the date was the birth date of the British Prince. During his time in Penang, Fort Cornwallis, a fort which is very well conserved and still standing at its original place, was built.

In 1826, Penang became part of the Straits Settlements which were territories of the United Kingdom with its administration in Goa, India. Later in 1867, it became a British Crown Colony with its administration direct from London.

In 1942 to 1946, Penang was under the Japanese occupation which the people of Penang did not like. Penang joined the Malayan Union in 1946 and in 1948 became a state in the Federation of Malaya until 1963 when the Federation of Malaya became Malaysia with the inclusion of Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore.

For more detail, click History of Penang






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