Sights Of Georgetown

As mentioned on the site, the city of George town is a landmark, a UNESCO world heritage site for its architectural features and a rich historical inheritance. The architecture of the city connects sometimes contrasting styles: the English colonial, Asian, and contemporary. Here, ancient temples and old mansions coexist with modern skyscrapers and skyscrapers. The city is crammed with attractions, and even if they are not large and significant, such as the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, but each of them has its own history.

Even if you stay not in Georgetown, and one of the beach resorts on the island, you should definitely devote a day or two of study. Ideally, you should live in the city for a few days, and plunging into its atmosphere, slowly explore it. The city is really interesting, and he has his own rhythm and beats your heart.

Residents of Penang are so proud of their city, even decided to launch a free tourist bus MPPP CAT route, covering most of the sights. The buses operating on the so-called system of Hop-on-hop-off, but unlike other tourist cities, you will not take payment for the use of this transport. All such bus route runs three pieces, and they make stops at 20 stations. Armed with a list of stops near them sites and a map of the routes, you can safely go to explore the city:

  1. Stop Pengkalan Weld
    • Swettenham Pier
    • Church Street Pier
  2. Stop Feri
    • Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda
    • Wisma Yeap Chor Ee
    • Wisma Kastam
  3. Little India
    • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
    • Chung Keng Kwee Ancestral Temple
    • Penang Heritage Trust
    • San Wooi Wooi Koon
    • Old OCBC Building
    • 1886 Building
    • Kongsoon House
    • Ghee Hiang
  4. Imigresen
    • Immigration Building
    • Standard Chartered Building
    • HSBC Building
    • Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly ABN Amro Bank)
    • Logan's Building
    • Whiteways Building
  5. Bank Negara
  6. Muzium
  7. Lebuh Muntri
  8. Lebuh Campbell
    • Benggali Mosque
    • Chowrasta Market
    • Penang Bazaar
  9. Komtar Pusat
    • Komtar
    • Prangin Mall
    • Pacific Komtar
  10. Komtar Utara
    • Ong Kongsi
    • Komtar
    • Masjid Jamek Simpang Enam
    • Gama
    • Church of Our Lady of Sorrows
  11. Jalan Kedah
    • Masjid Titi Papan
    • Dato Koyah Shrine
    • Saw Khaw Lean Heah Kongsi
  12. Chowrasta
    • Chowrasta Market
    • Penang Bazaar
    • Penang Road Cendol
  13. Komtar Timur
    • Prangin Mall
    • Masjid Pintal Tali
    • Ghee Hin Hall of Heroes
    • Prangin Canal
    • Sia Boey
  14. Lebuh Carnarvon
    • Li Teik Seah Building
    • Penang Tourism Information Centre
    • Penang Islamic Museum
    • Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
    • Campbell Street Market
  15. Kampung Kolam
  16. Mahkamah
  17. Dewan Sri Pinang
    • Dewan Sri Pinang
    • Town Hall
    • City Hall
    • Supreme Court
    • Logan Memorial
    • Cenotaph
  18. Kota Cornwallis
  19. Lebuh Downing
    • General Post Office
    • Islamic Council Building
    • HSBC Building
    • Standard Chartered Building

Below you can see an overview of the most important sights of the city with indication of their location on the map and how to reach them, the mode and cost of attendance. So you can plan your route around the city even while at home not to waste precious time on the island.

With an overview of attractions in Penang island outside of Georgetown you can see by clicking on the link.

Cornwallis Fort (Fort Cornwallis)

Пушка в форте Корнвэлис

This fortress was built in 1786 in place of the first landing of the English captain Francis light the island. Originally the fortress was built of wood, and in 1793 was rebuilt to its present appearance.

The fortress still have a few old guns, one of which is called "Seri Rambai", as I believe in local, has magical powers of fertility and is very popular among women on the island who wish to obtain offspring. According to legend it is necessary to RUB on the gun, and what place, guess yourself. Next to the cannon even put a sign asking not to climb on the exhibit.

There is also a small Museum, which contains exhibits telling about the history of the Fort and Penang island. Near the Fort is a Park where there are gift shops and numerous cafes.

Entrance fee: the entrance fee to the Fort Cornwalis RM3 for adults and RM1 for children.

Hours: the Fort is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00

How to get there: bus stop MPPP CAP 18, 103, 204, 502, 10

House Khoo kongsi (Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi)

Дом Кху Конгси

This clan house belonged to the members of the Chinese Khoo clan, who immigrated to Penang from southern China in the eighth century. It was at that time in Penang began to form the Chinese community and the appointment of clan houses was a gathering of elders to discuss important matters in a circle of a big family, celebrated religious and secular holidays.

Wealthy clans competed with each other in the construction of clan houses, and therefore knowledge amazed by its splendor and sophistication, and it could compete in opulence with the Royal palaces. One of the most luxurious houses, Khoo kongsi, built in the 1850's, now converted into a Museum and here you can admire the magnificent architecture and history of the clan.

By the way, Penang still continue to exist and operate modern Chinese clan house of Commons, but the entry of tourists is prohibited.

This place is definitely interesting and worth visiting, but the price is unreasonably high. Recently the price of admission was raised from 5 to 10 ringgit. Is it worth the 20 minute inspection of the house (more than there is nothing to do), you decide.

Hours: to visit the house of the Khoo kongsi is possible on weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00.

Entrance fee: Per visit you will have to pay RM10. When you pay the entrance you will also receive a few postcards with images of the temple.

How to get there: the House Museum Khoo kongsi is located at 18 Cannon St, Georgetown. You can get on a free callbase, coming to a stop No. 15 (Kampung Kolam), also bus No. 301, 302, 303, 401

Chinatown (Chinese district, Chinatown)


Chinatown Penang was originally founded by Chinese immigrants along China street in George town. Subsequently, the district has increased significantly, and now covers an area bounded by the streets of Lebuh King, Lebuh Stewart, Lebuh Muntri, and Lebuh Campbell.

We can say that Chinatown is the heart of Georgetown. Here is constantly full of life, brisk trade, there is a night market. During festivals and holidays is particularly noisy and fun. There are many Chinese and Hindu temples, mosques, countless shops and boutiques, several night markets. To feel the heartbeat of Georgetown, be sure to stroll through the streets of Chinatown and visit its night market.

How to get there: the Territory of Chinatown in George town is quite extensive. The approximate geographic center of Chinatown on the map.

Mosque Kalinga captain (Kapitan Keling Mosque)

Мечеть капитана Келинга

This is one of the most beautiful mosques of the city, the architecture is a little reminiscent of the Taj Mahal in India. This majestic building was built in the early XIX century by Muslim immigrants from India, and has no relation to any British or Portuguese captain. The term Kapitan here means the head of the Muslim community.

The mosque is accessible to tourists at any time when there are prayers.

How to get there: to Get to the Church on callbase, coming to a stop No. 15 (Kampung Kolam), as well as on buses №№ 301, 302, 303, 401.

The observation deck of the Komtar tower (Komtar Scenic View)

Башня Komtar

Komtar is the tallest building in Penang, which houses offices, including the administration of the state, and at the foot of the eponymous bus station. The area around the tower is a new tourist area. The tower is visible from almost anywhere in the city. On the 60th floor of Komtar is an observation deck with a 360 degrees. It opens up a breathtaking view of the city, especially if you visit it during sunset and capture the light and the dark.

Entrance fee: the Ascent to the observation deck costs RM6.

Hours: Playground is open to the public from 9:00 to 21:00.

How to get there: to get to the Komtar on free callbase, coming to a stop No. 9 (Komtar Pusat) or No. 10 (Komtar Utara). Information about the tower here.

The Sri Mariamman Temple (Sri Mahamariamman Temple)

Храм Шри Мариамман

Hindu temple, built in 1883, famous for its numerous statues of Indian deities, the most valuable of which is the statue of Lord Subramaniam, embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds.

The statue is one of the most important ritual elements of the annual celebration Taypusama when its on a silver chariot through the city streets to the temple at Jalan Waterfall. The temple is easily recognized by its elegant gopuram - the gate tower, decorated with statues, carvings and paintings.

Entrance fee: Entrance is free. Permission to enter should be obtained from the custodians of the temple.

Hours:the Sri Mariamman Temple is open from early morning to evening.

How to reach: to Reach the temple on callbase, coming to a stop No. 16 (Mahkamah), as well as buses 10, 11, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301, 302, 303, 306, 401, 502.

The Protestant cemetery (Protestant Cemetery)

Протестантское кладбище

In this cemetery are buried the captain Francis light, Thomas Leonowens m other. There are about 500 graves, most of which are 19th century. Of course, almost all graves in the cemetery of the Europeans, but Malaysians are carefully restored tombstones and establish order.

How to get there: the cemetery is located at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah near the intersection of Jalan Penang. Can be reached on foot from the stop MPPP CAT No. 7.

Entrance fee: Entrance is free.

Temple of Hainan (Hainan Temple)

Хайнаньский храм

A small but beautiful Chinese temple, built in 1866. In 1895 the temple was rebuilt.

How to get there:the temple is located on Jalan Muntri near the intersection with Jalan Penang. The closest stop MPPP CAT No. 7.

Entrance fee: Entrance is free.

Working time: from 8:00 to 20:00.

The goddess of mercy temple (Goddes of Mercy Temple, the Kuan Yin Teng)

Внутри храма богини милосердия

A very popular temple among the local population and almost always full of locals. This is one of the oldest Chinese temples on the island, built in 1801, the first immigrants from China. The temple is located almost in the heart of Chinatown. The square before the temple is used during traditional festivals to performing puppet shows and Chinese Opera.

Entrance fee: Entrance is free.

How to get there: the temple is located on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. The closest stop MPPP CAT No. 16.

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Artem 06 Dec 2016, 10:03
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admin 05 May 2015, 18:25
My IMHO, is by far. I really like Penang, though not impose, on taste and color, as they say. But to take an evening walk to George town in search of flat wire sculptures (don't know how they correctly are called), or to seek out the famous graffiti on the walls... Romance. In General, I really like it there, despite the fact that it is noisy, dusty city. But beyond the island, too, all abound. But from romance to business.
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Svet 05 May 2015, 17:44
Hello. Going to Langkawi for two weeks. As I understand it, on Langkawi are not really a lot of interesting places, I'm thinking rolled up for a couple of days in Penang and see the sights. Is it worth it? And how better to do this, is there a tour? ...

Judy 30 Apr 2015, 20:44
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admin 29 Apr 2015, 16:01
Hello! By Far Is Penang (Georgetown). In Kuala Lumpur for two weeks, "flipped out", pardon the expression . And Penang and the sea, the beach, and proximity to the sea. The prices I significant difference noticed between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, I think, will be about the same. ...

Judy 28 Apr 2015, 17:50
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Maria 25 Nov 2013, 13:52
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The plane.
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admin 09 Mar 2013, 15:38
Hello Tatiana. It seems that directly from airport Kuala Lupur could not be reached by land, except by taxi. If you are ready for replanting, you need to take the bus straight from the airport to Puduraya, where you can take the bus to Penang, there are plenty of them. But don't forget to go to Penang from KL for 5 hours, and if you go late, there is a chance to take a ride on the bridge already dark, it gets dark sooner, in 18 hours.
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Tatyana 09 Mar 2013, 14:42
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