Tuesday 2 August 2016

Penang Attraction: A Walk Around The Heritage Zone Of George Town

A worthwhile way to spend one's time in Penang would be to walk around the Heritage Zone of George Town. Accorded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site on 7 July 2008, this part of the city which is both ethnically and culturally diverse boasts of a rich heritage that has been passed down for more than two centuries. The city is predominantly Chinese and this is greatly reflected in the architectural style of shops and buildings owned by these dwellers. In coexistence are the Indians, Indian Muslims and a smattering of Malays each living out its unique lifestyle. On top of that Penang which used to be a Straits Settlement has inherited blocks of British colonial style administrative buildings that still stand majestic along some parts of the site.
Taking a walk in this zone is relaxing as it is neither bustling nor congested. The rather slow pace of life here conforms to my ideals of a short city vacation.

Sharing some pictures I took.
Old shophouses at Gat Lebuh Armenian
Gat Lebuh Armenian
Cheah Kongsi Clan Temple built in 1828.

Colorful bicycles for rent
Colorful bicycles for rent

Indian Shops At Lebuh Bishop
An Indian Barble Shop
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple at the junction of Lebuh Queen and Lebuh Chulia
Nagore Durgha Sheriff, a shrine for a Muslim Saint built in early 1800s.
Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh founded in 1808
The nasi lemak bungkus, Malaysia's popular food
Lebuh Chulia

Old Chinese residence at Hutton Lane 
A Stall At Chowrasta Market, Penang Road

Lebuh Campbell

Street Market At Jalan Kuala Kangsar, George Town

Yeng Keng Hotel, a 19th century boutique hotel in Lebuh Chulia
Sri Kunj Bihari Temple, Penang Road built in 1835 is the first North Indian Temple in Penang.

Fire Station at Beach Street built in 1908.
Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower built in 1897
A contemporary Sphere Sculpture near The Clock Tower
Church Street Pier, built in 1897
Colonial Buildings at Beach Street
Colonial Buildings At Beach Street

Map of The Core Zone And Buffer Zone of George Town

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