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Foreigners buying up Penang’s heritage properties

Foreigners buying up Penang’s heritage properties

Gerakan tells the state government to impose controls to protect the right of the locals. GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan has urged the Penang government to stop foreigners and non-Penangite Malaysians from buying heritage properties in the state. Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong suggested this as a first step towards a general control to protect the […]

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Travelogue

On preserving the old

On preserving the old

It’s a cool, slightly overcast day in George Town, Penang. I’m sitting outside my guesthouse on Love Lane, where droves of travellers walk past every day, some purposefully, some looking slightly bewildered, but all with camera in hand. The travellers who come here do so partly for the food, the history and Penang’s heritage buildings, […]

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Penang’s Soonstead Mansion saved from demolition

Penang’s Soonstead Mansion saved from demolition

An online petition and calls from the public to save Soonstead Mansion has stopped its owner from going ahead with plans to demolish parts of the grand building to build an 11-storey hotel. Local government and traffic management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) received a letter from the […]

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Hotel

10 of the best budget stays in Penang

10 of the best budget stays in Penang

John Brunton theguardian.com, Tuesday 5 August 2014 06.30 BST Hostels and B&Bs in Penang now offer travellers on a budget more style and amenities than ever. With the George Town festival in full swing, John Brunton checks out what’s on offer. 23 Love Lane This tasteful 200-year-old mansion is an oasis of calm right in […]

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Penang National Park

High marks for Penang park

High marks for Penang park

The Penang National Park has been listed among Agoda.com’s highest rated parks and green spaces in Asia. Tourism Malaysia Penang senior tourism officer Logi Dhasan descri­bed the listing by the online hotel booking site as positive news for the island. “The listing is also timely as Tourism Malaysia Penang is trying to focus more on […]

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Lonely Planet picks Penang as top food destination in 2004

Lonely Planet picks Penang as top food destination in 2004

The largest travel guide book publisher in the world, Lonely Planet, has listed Penang as the top culinary hotspot in the world for 2014. The island takes first place over other ‘foodie’ destinations such as Victoria in Australia, Lake District in United Kingdom, Puglia in Italy and Oaxaca in Mexico. Lonely Planet editor, Robin Barton […]

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Penang.TV

Video :: Penang last joss stick maker

Video :: Penang last joss stick maker

Master Lee, 83-year old is deemed to be last handmade joss stick maker in Penang. This documentary may serve as last record on this disappearing traditional trade.

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The Guardian UK picks top 40 holiday hotspots in 2014

The Guardian UK picks top 40 holiday hotspots in 2014

Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2014 Start planning your 2014 travels with the help of our top 40 destination round-up. Some are hosting major events, others are under-the-radar places only just starting to attract tourists, but all of them are inspiring or exciting right now 8. George Town, Malaysia Once George Town was named […]

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 Malaysia George Town cleared of swiflet farms ahead of Unesco review

Malaysia George Town cleared of swiflet farms ahead of Unesco review

BY LOOI SUE-CHERN The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has cleared George Town city of all swiflet breeding operations threatening pre-war building structures, ahead of a review by Unesco, which conferred the city a heritage status in 2008. State local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said swiftlet breeding was risking George Town’s Unesco heritage status, […]

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Travelogue

Blog about Penang :: A Penang New Year’s Eve

Blog about Penang :: A Penang New Year’s Eve

By Michelle Newman It was noodles for New Years in Penang, Malaysia. I celebrated, or should really say, I cried my way thru New Year’s Eve a few years ago. It didn’t have anything to do with Penang – it was all about me and my state of mind. After a recent breakup, I wanted […]

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