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20 Best Places to Visit in George Town, Malaysia

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Penang Island of George Town, Malaysia is considered both as an island and as a province. This place stretches along the Northwestern side of Malaysia. Many tourists visit the place because of its beautiful beach side view, rich history and abundant species of floras and faunas.

Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

The Historical Places and Tourist Attractions in Penang Island of George Town, Malaysia

1. Auto City Juru
The Auto Citi Juru is a famous place where people can find entertainment establishments, restaurants and shops. The place adopts an eco-tourism concept.

2. Campbell Street
The Campbell Street is well known for its traditional Chinese medicinal shops, Indian boutiques and fresh food markets. The famous market place was built in 1900.

3. Citi Hall of Penang
The Citi Hall served as headquarter of Penang Island City Council, which was built in 1903. A monument was built in the place, in honor of the World War I fallen soldiers.

4. Clan Jetties
The Clan Jetties is hometown of dock workers, fishermen and traders of the area. This traditional houses were built along the Weld Quay during 19th century.

5. Escape
The Escape is an outdoor playground brought to Malaysia by a famous international theme park designer, Penangite. It opens from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

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6. Fort Cornwallis
The Fort Cornwallis is an ancient structure built upon the arrival of Captain Francis Light. It was built to protect the cape of Georgetown. Fort Cornwallis became the largest preserved fort in Malaysia.

7. George Town’s Northam Road Protestant Cemetery
The Northam Road Protestant cemetery was founded by British East India Company in 1786.

8. Han Chiang’s Chinese Heritage Centre
The Han Chiang’s Chinese Heritage Centre in Penang, which exhibits the historical paths of the Chinese community in the area. The centre opens from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekdays and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on weekends.

9. Little India
The Little India is a small area of Indian immigrants in town of Penang. One of the best place to visit where tourists can enjoy Indian cuisine, goods, music, spices and other stuffs.

10. Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh
The construction of Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh was headed by Tengku Syed Hussain bin Abdul Rahman Aideed in 1808. The descendants of Hadhrami Arab settlers are currently living in bungalow houses within the area.

Street of Penang Island, George Town

Street of Penang Island, George Town

11. Penang Bridge
The Penang Bridge was opened in 1985. It served as a link between Penang Island and Mainland Malaysia. It also became the site of the annual Penang Bridge International Marathon.

12. Penang Hill
The Penang Hill offers a panoramic view of the city of Penang. On top of the hill, visitors may enjoy a bird part, a flower garden and an owl museum. There are bungalow houses, guest houses and Bellevue hotel within the area. The train going to the hill operates from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays and from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm on weekdays.

13. P. Ramlee’s House
The P. Ramlee’s House is a landmark that commemorates P. Ramlee. He was an actor, comedian, composer, film director and singer. The house opens from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm during Tuesday to Sunday.

14. Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower
The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is a 60 feet tall clock tower standing in the heart of Penang, Georgetown. It was built in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Victoria. The clock tower was commissioned by Cheah Chen Eok, a wealthy businessman in town.

15. State Assembly Buildings in Penang
The State Assembly Building is a 19th century structure served as a Police Court, but currently turned into a State Assemblies’ venue.

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Tuktuk in George Town

Tuktuk in George Town

16. Suffolk House
The Suffolk House was built in 1780 by Captain Francis Light. Its Anglo Indian architecture mansion features was then recognized by UNESCO. Today, it was already been converted into an upscale restaurant. The house opens for guided tours from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

17. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Centre
The Sun Yat Sen Memorial center is housed within Penang Philomatic Union Building. The memorial was established to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a revolutionary leader and the Father of the Republican China in Penang. The center opens from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, except Sunday.

18. The Top
The Top is a one stop tourist destination, which features Jurassic Research Center, Rainbow Skywalk and Observation deck. Also offers a fascinating 360 degree view of the island.

19. Town Hall of Penang
The Town Hall served as a social venue of Penang’s elite society way back in 1880s. The building has the most elegant view of classic colonial. Another attraction within the area is the beautiful fountain presented in 1883 by Koh Seang Tat. The film Anna and the King took some shots in this location.

20. Upper Penang Road
The Upper Penang road is the busiest road in Penang consists of bistros, cafes, clubs, pubs, restaurants, cultural stores, clothing shops, hotels and a lot more.

Insights about Penang Island

Penang island is a very simplest city of Malaysia. Despite of it, the place is very rich in history and culture. Visitors can easily see all of these by just seeing the buildings and the other structures of the island. It is highly guaranteed that all attractions as mentioned above are wonderful places to visit!

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on June 15, 2018:


It's really a must visit place! You'll definitely enjoy the place because its so simple, but lots of things to see and to do. What I enjoyed the most was eating there! Lol Indeed, so many varieties you can choose from.

Rex on June 15, 2018:

Good stuff. We have a family friend in Malaysia and kick around the idea of going there now and then...finances and all that silly stuff get in the way. This is definitely the most thorough George Town description I've read.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on June 15, 2018:

Oh, is it? Thank you for calling my attention! I'll make the necessary adjusment. By the way, it is a wonderful place to visit. What I really like most about the place is you can almost see something to buy anywhere you go. Plus too many food choicea as well. Thanks for dropping by!

Eurofile on June 15, 2018:

Thanks for the introduction to an area I've never been to. You might want to adjust your map a little. I had the same problem with one of my articles, where the map defaulted to the USA.

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