Take an amazing tour around George Town to discover the unique painted walls mimicking life in the city and the wrought-iron caricatures with anecdotal descriptions of the streets that they adorn. Get a copy of the Penang Street Art Brochure here.


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George Town, named by the British after King George III, is Penang’s capital city. The government centre and its financial heart, George Town is an interesting and bustling city with modern high rise buildings, cathedrals, mosques, government offices, temples, bazaars, shops and cafes. A myriad of delights, George Town is very compact – the older part of the city is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and alleyways, which makes it a pleasure to walk and sight-see.

Indeed, walking is highly recommended – a leisurely stroll will enable one to slowly drink in the many details that would otherwise be lost in a hurried tour. If walking is considered tiring, try a ride on the old but exciting trishaw.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Lebuh Leith

Cheong Fatt Tze (1840-1917), a Hakka from Tai Pu in the Teochew district, migrated to Java in the 1850s where he prospered and moved his base to Penang in the early 1890s. A powerful Nanyang industrialist and a first-class Mandarin in the Manchu government, he was made Consul-General in Singapore and economic advisor to the Empress Dowager.

Cheong Fatt Tze had eight wives and owned many residences throughout his trading empire but made Penang his base, where he raised his six sons.

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was built over seven years from 1896 to 1904 by teams of master craftsmen from China. This mansion is only one of three of its kind left outside China. The mansion is the only stately Chinese-type dwelling representing the best of 18th and 19th century Chinese architecture in the State.

China Town

China Town on the island stretches from Weld Quay to Lebuh Stewart, lebuh Muntri, Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh King. China Town is so large and well-preserved that you will sense and feel the lifestyle of Chinese immigrant settlers who came here in the 1800s.
Visitors will be intrigued by the many clanhouses, shophouses and temples found along these streets, which reflect the heritage left behind. Stepping into these streets will certainly take you back in time.

Clock Tower, Pesiaran King Edward

The clock tower was presented to Penang by local millionaire Cheah Chen Eok in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

It towers 60 feet in high – one foot for each year of Her Majesty's reign. The Queen had died by the time the clock tower was finally completed in 1920.


Next to Fort Cornwallis is the Esplanade, a popular waterfront promenade which stretches from the hawker stalls at one end to the clock tower at the other. Central in the Esplanade is the Padang, a huge square of town green.

Standing proudly beside is the City Hall, a stately colonial building which is a fine example of British palladian architecture featuring magnificent Corinthian columns and huge windows. It was once the seat of local government.

Fort Cornwallis, Padang Kota Lama

Fort Cornwallis is situated at the spot where Captain Francis Light was supposed to have landed in 1786. Originally a wooden structure, the fort was rebuilt between 1808 and 1810 with convict labour. It was named after Charles Marquis Cornwallis, a distinguished Governor General of India, and designed to protect the harbour from possible French attacks.

Today, much of the old fort remains, but its precincts have been converted into a public park and an open air theater. It is still guarded by old cannons, which were retrieved by the British from pirates who had captured them from the Johore Sultanate. The most famous of the cannons is Seri Rambai, which dates back to 1613. Local beliefs have it that childless women can become fertile by placing flowers in the barrel of the cannon and offering special prayers.

Address: Padang Kota Lama, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Opens: 8:30am to 7:00pm daily
Admission: RM1.00 per person

Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR), Jalan Penang

KOMTAR, a prominent Penang landmark, houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants.The 65-storey complex also contains theaters, squash courts and a geodesic dome which serves as a multi-purpose hall, while the 55th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and on clear days, also of Gunung Jerai in Kedah.

Little India

This enclave boasts a rich living history that spans over two centuries. Popular with heritage enthusiasts, international conservationists, tourists and locals, Little India features a thriving and vibrant collection of historic attractions, places of worship, shops, restaurants, florists, barbers, astrologers, millers, money changers, fruit sellers and herb dealers.

Nagore Shrine, Lebuh King

Constructed in the early 1880's, the shrine is a memorial to the Caliph, Syed Shahul Hamid. Faithful devotees may be seen visiting the strine to seek favors on Thursdays.

Penang Islamic Museum, Lebuh Armenian

Syed Al-Attas Mansion once belonged to Syed Mohammad Al-Attas, a Muslim of Achehnese descent who aupported Acheh’s struggle against the Dutch in the 19th century. Built in 1860 after the Straits Eclectic style, the mansion now houses the Penang Islamic Museum.

The Penang Islamic Museum is open to the public
daily except on Tuesdays.
Visiting hours are from 9.30am to 6.00pm.
Entrance fee: RM3 for adults and RM1 for children below 12 years of age.
Address: 128, Armenian Street, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +6 04 262 0172
Fax: +6 04 264 4692

Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Lebuh Farquhar

Located at Lebuh Farquhar, the Penang Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia. The building which houses the museum was built in 1821 and was formerly the Penang Free School. It showcases old photographs, maps, charts, historical relics, paintings of early Penang, all of which provide an insight to Penang's history.

Opens: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily except Fridays
Admission: RM1 for adults 50 sen for children
Tel: +6 04 263 1942

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street

A very good example of adaptive reuse, the former home of Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee has been converted into a showcase of the opulent lifestyle of the Peranakans and their many customs and traditions, displaying over a thousand pieces of antiques and collectibles of this unique community.

Opens: Monday - Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed on Sundays and all public holidays Daily conducted tour at 11.30am and 3.30pm sharp

Admission: RM10.00 for adult (aged 12 and above) Free for children below 12 and RM5.00 for School Children in uniform. Address: 29, Church Street, 10200 Penang Tel: +6 04 264 2929

Residence of Ku Din Ku Meh, Jalan Penang

Located at No. 20 in upper Penang Road is another restored heritage home that once belonged to a Ku Din Ku Meh (1848-1932), whose real name was Tengku Baharuddin bin Tengku Meh. He was a Kedah Malay who was the Administrator of Setul (Satun), with his writings and administrative records preserved in the Thai National Archives in Bangkok. The residence today is a budget hotel. Tel: +6 04 262 8748

State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang

Located within the Dewan Sri Pinang, the Art Gallery features two exhibitions. A permanent collection featuring the cream of Malaysian artists situated on the third floor, and a contemporary collection on the ground floor. Opens: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, except Sundays Admission is free Tel: +6 04 261 3144

Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base

120 Armenian Street At a cursory glance, the indigo-blue terraced house on 120 Armenian Street looks rather unassuming, blending in effortlessly with the other houses on the same street. One wouldn't have guessed that it was here that the epoch-making Canton Uprising of the 1911 Chinese Revolution was strategised.

Their struggle sowed the seed of discord which signaled the end of 2000 years of imperial rule in China and gave birth to the Republic of China, with Dr. Sun Yat Sen (1866-1925) as the President.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum, Lorong Susu

The Sun Yat Sen Research Centre and museum is open to public. It serves as a nerve centre for planning and collecting information, records and artifacts of Dr. Sun Yat Sen's six years involvement in Penang.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum Foundation Research Centre, 26 Lorong Susu, 10400 Penang. Tel/Fax: 604-2296188 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Streets of George Town

George Town, although multicultural in composite, is predominantly Chinese and a big portion of it is Chinatown – a noisy, crowded, delightful conglomeration of people, goods, mobile stalls and old shophouses. For the best of George Town, walk along Love Lane, Pitt Street, King Street and Carnarvon Street.

Certain streets like Chulia Street and Campbell Street are best viewed in the evening, when they burst to life with hawker stalls and nighttime activities. Incidentally, some of the best hawker food are found on these two streets. See also the Southern end of Penang Street for a taste of “Little India.” Along this street are several banana leaf rice restaurants and a Hindu temple. For the best of colonial architecture, see Beach Street and Light Street, where financial institutions and chambers of the State Assembly are housed.

Tanjung City Marina, Pengkalan Weld

The RM44-mil Tanjung City Marina (TCM) in Penang, the first inner city marina in the country, was completed in October 2005 and is fully operational. The new marina is a stepping stone to turn the Penang into an international cruise centre by attracting sailing vessels from all over the world.

War Museum, Batu Maung

If you want to know what life was like in Penang during wartime, you'll find some of the answers at the Penang War Museum. Housed in what was once a British fort built during World War II, the museum is the only one of its kind in the country.

Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Merah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960 Penang Tel: +0 16 421 3606 or +6 04 391 0067 Fax: +6 04 644 8015 Opens: 9:00am to 7:00pm daily including public holidays Admission: RM10 for adults and RM5 for children