Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

The most photographed building in George Town is this magnificent 38-room, 220-window mansion, built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. Its distinctive blue-hued exterior (once common in George Town) i…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Cheah Kongsi

Looking splendid after a major restoration that ended in December 2015, Cheah Kongsi is home to the oldest Straits Chinese clan association in Penang. The ornate front of the clanhouse can be seen clearly across a g…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Khoo Kongsi

This spectacular clanhouse is one of the most impressive in George Town. Gorgeous ceramic sculptures of immortals, carp, dragons, and carp becoming dragons dance across the roof ridges. The interior is dominated by …
Top Choice Museum in George Town

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

This ostentatious, mint-green structure is among the most stunning restored residences in George Town. Every door, wall and archway is carved and often painted in gold leaf, and the grand rooms are furnished with ma…
Gallery in George Town

Hin Bus Depot Art Centre

The elegant remains of this former bus station have become a vibrant hub for George Town's burgeoning contemporary-art scene. Half a dozen artist studios and a gallery host exhibitions (ranging from sculpture to pho…
Cemetery in George Town

Protestant Cemetery

Under a canopy of magnolia trees you’ll find the graves of Captain Francis Light and many others, including governors, merchants, sailors and Chinese Christians who fled the Boxer Rebellion in China (a movement oppo…
Landmark in George Town

Lebuh Armenian

Although this street is named for Penang's Armenian population (such as the famous Sarkies who established the Eastern & Oriental Hotel), there's no evidence that any Armenians actually ever lived here. In the e…
Area in George Town

Chew Jetty

The largest and most intact of the clan jetties, Chew Jetty consists of 75 elevated houses, several Chinese temples, a community hall and lots of tourist facilities, all linked by elevated wooden walkways. It’s a fu…
Viewpoint in George Town

The Top at KOMTAR

There are all kinds of attractions promised in this major revamp of part of George Town's iconic KOMTAR tower, which was well under way during our latest research visit. Likely to have the widest appeal is the Rainb…
Taoist Temple in George Town

Kuan Yin Teng

This temple dedicated to Kuan Yin – the goddess of mercy, good fortune, peace and fertility – is a captivating place to observe Taoist ritual. Rebuilt in the early 19th century by the first Hokkien and Cantonese set…