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George Town Sights and Landmarks Guide, Malaysia


George Town has many historical and cultural sights. Many of Georgetown’s streets evoke the past and there always seems to be something to surprise you round the next corner. The best way to explore the city is on foot. If you find it too exhausting, you can always hail the ubiquitous trishaw to give you a grand tour.

Some of the popular sites are:

Victoria Memorial Clock Tower—this tower is sixty feet high and was built in the memory of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. This tower symbolizes the sixty years of her reign up to 1897.

Fort Cornwallis is the original fort constructed by Captain Francis Light soon after landing on Penang in 1786. The fort is still believed to be an impressive sight today.

The oldest temple in Penang is the Goddess of Mercy temple, located on Georgetown’s Jalan Masjid kapitan Kling and established by the first Chinese settlers on the island.

Further Thai architecture can be seen at Wat Chayamangkalaram, a colorful Buddhist temple just off jalan kelawei on the northern outskirts of Georgetown, which houses a massive gold-plated reclining Buddha.

Captain Francis Light was buried in the Protestant Cemetery on Georgetown’s Lebuh Farquhar. This Cemetery reveals the graves of many of Penang’s earliest settlers.

The Lebuh Penang-Lebuh queen area of Georgetown is known as “Little India”, as this is where the early Indians immigrant settled.

The other popular places in Georgetown area is the Khoo and Clan Houses, The huge impressive mansion of Cheong Fatt Tze..

Some other places are

Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. The entrance highlights the pair of elephants as a security and it has a pond of which it is believed that it fulfills people wishes.

 Kapitan Keling Mosque was built in the early 19th century and is considered to be the historical mosque of Penang.

St. George's Church, built by convict labor in 1818, it is the oldest Anglican Church in South-East Asia.

Penang free school, now known as Penang state museum is situated close to Fort Cornwallis. The construction of this building was done in 2 stages, 1986 and 1906. KOMTAR, sixty-five storey’s high, is the tallest building in Georgetown. There are also shops around the tower. Chew Thean Yeang is the name of a live fish shop, which is the largest in South East Asia.  


The City Hall, now known as Municipal council of Penang is one of the historical buildings. 

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