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George Town residents struggle to redefine Malaysian heritage

George Town residents struggle to redefine Malaysian heritage

By Rachel Harvey BBC Southeast Asia Correspondent George Town Heritage Runtime4:36 Three years after being granted Unesco World Heritage status, George Town finds itself at the heart of a debate over the very meaning of heritage itself. Strategically placed between Asia and Europe, Penang Island was once dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Its main [...]

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Batu Ferringhi is more serene, but not boring

Batu Ferringhi is more serene, but not boring

I WAS taken aback when someone who is actively involved in Penang’s hospitality industry recently passed a remark that these days, the beach resorts and hotels in Batu Ferringhi looked more like hospitals or old folks homes. He must surely be joking, I thought. But no, the person who said it was dead serious although [...]

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

A land of legendary heroes, giant footprints and even bigger templesText: Bob Rickard / Images: Signs and Wonders We were on our way to Penang – the most Chinese of Malaysia’s states – when word reached us that Ion Will, a founding member of the Gang of Fort, had died (see Necrolog, FT274:24–25). My wife [...]

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Turn back the clocks

Turn back the clocks

Sheriden Rhodes explores the streetscapes of George Town, an old-Asia blend of Malay-Chinese-Indian architecture. Business is booming in George Town, a wonderful glimpse of old Asia protected by a UNESCO World Heritage listing. But tell that to Leong. I’m standing inside the young Chinese man’s bric-a-brac shop in Penang’s capital city, crammed to the rafters [...]

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Malaysian sensation

Malaysian sensation

From MasterChef to Malaysia, Ray McVinnie finds plenty of flavours to savour in Penang’s Georgetown. The Malaysian island of Penang, or Pulau Pinang, which translates as betel nut island, (there is a betel nut palm on the Penang State flag) is situated at the start of the Strait of Malacca off the west coast of [...]

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Georgetown has cosmopolitan appeal

Georgetown has cosmopolitan appeal

MARK IRVING, The West Australian April 15, 2011, 7:49 pm It’s a tiny parcel of land but its streets are packed with history and its 200,000 or so residents originate from just about every ethnic group in South-East Asia you could nominate. Georgetown, capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, is one of the most [...]

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Travel: George Town, Malaysia

Travel: George Town, Malaysia

By Robyn Eckhardt   Behind the Goddess of Mercy Temple in George Town, the capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, a rebirth is under way. For as long as anyone can remember, the eastern end of Stewart Lane, which runs behind the temple, has been marred by the blackened shells of seven terraced houses. [...]

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Penang has plenty for the kids

Penang has plenty for the kids

The National staff Q: We’re going on a short family trip to Penang in April. While I’m looking forward to the heritage walks around George Town and my wife is planning a culinary journey around the city, can you suggest any places to see and things to do that the children would really enjoy? A: [...]

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