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George Town

George Town

George Town

George town is a bustling, colourful and largely Chinese city, full of tumbledown shophouses, impressive colonial architecture and countless trishaws ferrying tourists and locals alike around the maze of broad streets and narrow lanes. Ancient trades such as rattan weaving, joss-stick making, woodcarving and fortune-telling still go on, in scenes which probably haven’t changed in [...]

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History of Penang

History of Penang

The history of Penang began in 1786, when Captain Francis Light struck a deal with the Sultan of Kedah. He acquired Pulau Pinang (Penang lsland) from the Sultan on behalf of the East lndia Company, which in retum promised Kedah protection against the powerful neighbours. By 1800, Light had also managed to negotiate for a [...]

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About Penang

About Penang

About Penang

Penang (Pulau Pinang), affectionately known as the Pearl of the Orient, is one of the bestknown and most-visited corners of Malaysia, and is the only one of the country’s 13 states to have a Chinese majority population, giving the island a very distinct character all of its own. Its main centre, Georgetown, attracts the most [...]

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Squatty’ good porridge

Squatty’ good porridge

By JEREMY TAN Photos by GARY CHEN It’s back-to-basics for those who want to savour a bowl of piping hot porridge in old George Town. PATRONS of fine dining will be horrified at the idea of squatting to eat but for more adventurous foodies visiting Penang island, it is definitely an experience to boast about [...]

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The mission of festivities

The mission of festivities

My Sinchew/Asia News Network PENANG: Why do we have to hold festival events? This is fundamentally a philosophy question. “Festivals are able to lure tourists and we can make money from them,” capitalists would say. From a certain perspective , the “make money” theory indeed is right, but to Wong Han Wei, head of the [...]

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Penang's living Muslim heritage

Penang’s living Muslim heritage

Regina William The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) is coming up with a new heritage trail which will focus on the early settlements of Muslims in George Town. The trail, which is expected to be launched soon, will take tourists through 14 important landmarks in the Muslim living heritage enclave in the inner city established by [...]

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Preserving Malaysia's architectural jewel

Preserving Malaysia’s architectural jewel

By Dan Rivers, CNN STORY HIGHLIGHTS George Town is the capital of Malaysian state of Penang Cheong Fatt Tze merchant house was restored in early 1990s Led to mass restoration of George Town’s old buildings The town now has UNESCO World Heritage status George Town, Malaysia (CNN) — There is a sublime beauty about Penang’s [...]

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The beautification of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

The beautification of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

By Phuah Ken Lin GEORGE TOWN: The majestic Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple within the heritage enclave here is set to see further structural upgrades. Temple committee member Lim Hooi Hoo, 51, said the temple had received an allocation of RM400,000 from the Federal Government to spruce up the rooftop structure of an annexed building. [...]

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