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  • Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
View from Penang Hill down to Georgetown and the mainland (Butterworth)
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also known as:
Pulau Penang, Georgetown
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Location Type: Destination
Penang is an island with a rich multicultural history of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. It is also known as Malaysia's food paradise. Georgetown was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.


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Weather / Climate Chart, Penang
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average humidity: 80 %
annual rainfall: 2400 mm

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Wikipedia - Penang

Armenian Street (Lebuh Armenian), Penang, Malaysia
Armenian Street (Lebuh Armenian)

Penang is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. Penang's historic architecture is centred mainly in George Town. Its rows of 100 year-old shophouses and colonial villas give George Town its distinctive atmosphere. The best way to capture Penang’s mixed heritage is to stroll around town. The aged buildings are noted for their faded colours and crumbling walls. Old houses have columns or multi-coloured Peranakan tiles. The Aceh Mosque is the oldest house of worship in the city. The smell of incense drifts in the air amidst gold settings of Burmese, Thai and Chinese temples. The Khoo Kongsi is a traditional form of Chinese art with its delicately carved wooden panels. Other long-time occupants include elderly Chinese shopkeepers, colourful Indian food stalls and trishaws with their drivers.

Penang was the venue for several historical movies, such as Anna and the King and the French film Indochine

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Wikitravel - Penang

Roof of the Khoo Kongsi clan house, Georgetown, Penang
Roof of the Khoo Kongsi clan house, Georgetown

Penang (Malay: Pulau Pinang) is an island off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is also the name of the Malaysian state which is made up of Penang Island and the facing strip of territory on the mainland called Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley).
Penang's beaches are nice, though a little lackluster when compared to those in some other Malaysian states, but this is more than compensated for by the island's rich multicultural history which is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences. Penang is also well known for being the "food paradise" of Malaysia.

Georgetown a favorite spot for tourists as it has many attractive pre-Second World War houses and shophouses, as well as 19th century churches, temples, mosques, and colonial buildings. George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site (it was inscribed as one of the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca together with the city of Melaka).

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