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Unesco designation keeps Penang teeming with culture

Unesco designation keeps Penang teeming with culture

John Brunton George Town’s culturally diverse buildings, protected by Unesco, make the perfect backdrop for a feast. Malaysia’s tropical island of Penang became the first outpost of the British Empire in South East Asia when Captain Francis Light landed here in 1786 and declared possession in the name of the British king. Strategically placed in [...]

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Old-world charm of Penang

Old-world charm of Penang

By Emily Jade B. Valero IT’S 10 o’clock in the morning and a throng of tourists has already gathered outside the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in George Town, capital of Penang, Malaysia. There’s a melee of cruise ship tourists who are docked for one night in George Town, a couple of honeymooners, families and a [...]

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Discovering Penang on three wheels

Discovering Penang on three wheels

The fresh sea air, a waft of something delicious and the incoherent shouting of local hawkers made for the perfect South-East Asian setting to undertake a historical tour of the city of Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia. I’d been privileged to encounter trishaw’s in Vietnam some years ago and was pleased to learn that these sturdy [...]

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36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia

36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia

By ROBYN ECKHARDT PENANG is on a roll. Thanks to an influx of private and public investment and creative energy — precipitated in part by Unesco’s 2008 listing of Penang’s capital city, George Town, as a World Heritage site — the Malaysian island is padding out its list of attractions. To the region’s best street [...]

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Penang’s past is a boon to its future

Penang’s past is a boon to its future

By Ted Macauley, eTN Ambassador Getting off a plane at Penang’s newly renovated international airport, one cannot help noticing the welcome sign saying, “Welcome to the pearl of the orient.” Since the early days of the British Empire, Penang has been part of the chain stretching from England to Hong Kong and beyond. A military [...]

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Babies and biscuits

Babies and biscuits

By Alan Teh Leam Seng A trip to Penang is not complete without a visit to Ghee Hiang. Alan Teh Leam Seng wonders what babies have to do with the pastry shop I had just settled down in my hotel room after a tiring three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur when I received an SMS from [...]

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The whole Penang

The whole Penang

Sholto Byrnes With its colonial grandeur, cultural vibrancy and luxury beach resorts, Sholto Byrnes finds his Shangri-la in the Pearl of the Orient… In 1786 Captain Sir Francis Light landed on the northeastern coast of Penang and took possession of the island on behalf of the East India Company. He had promised military protection to [...]

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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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