George Town in Penang, Malaysia is not just popular for it’s scenic street arts and variety of food choices. If you actually roam around, you will find different historical and cultural buildings that made this town distinctively a world heritage site. In 2008, George Town was officially bestowed by UNESCO World Heritage Committee the title of World Heritage Site under Cultural Heritage category.
The Hainan Temple along Lebuh Muntri, founded in 1866 is dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers, the goddess Mar Chor.
The Yap Kongsi Temple along Armenian Street.
Yeoh Kongsi at the corner of Gat Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Victoria was built in 1841
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion but commonly known as “Blue Mansion” along Lebuh Leith, several movies and television series was filmed here. The have guided tours daily at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Centre, along Jalan Macalister, is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily except Sundays.
Central Fire Station along Lebuh Armenina, built in 1909 is a well preserved building that you will surely not miss.
Ng Fook Tong along Lebuh Chulia, was founded in 1850s and the building was constructed in 1898
If you continue to walk along, you will find lots of old structures around this area that will make you feel like you just went into another era.
George Town is also popular for different Clan Jetties, built on stilts over the sea, this traditional Chinese waterfront settlement was home to city’s early stevedores and fisherfolk. From Gat Lebuh Malayu, the street of Pengkalan Weld up untl Gat Lebu Chulia, you will find the different clan jetties still alive and well “preserved”.
Built by the clansmen of olden days, the clan jetties were segregated into distinct communities of Chinese people that arrived in George Town in search of better future.
Denoted by the clan surnames such as Chew, Tan and Lee among others, the jetties are traditionally occupied by people of that surname.
Perhaps one of the most well photographed part of all the jetties here.
This ends my 3-part report trip for my 2014 Penag trip. This year 2015, I will be going back again and hopefully get to check more places and try more local food 🙂