High Court

George Town

This impressive 1903 building, with rows of columns holding up balconies and shaded exterior corridors, is Malaysia's oldest high court. Outside is a statue of James Richardson Logan, a British lawyer who earned his reputation, and much popularity, for representing non-whites in the 19th century.

Logan’s work resulted in the official recognition of a number of Chinese secret societies and their festivals. He also pushed for the Transfer of 1867, which resulted in the Straits Settlements becoming their own colony, as opposed to a subset of British India.

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Nearby George Town attractions

1. St George's Church

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The oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, St George's was constructed in 1816, with backing from the East India Company. In the grounds is a memorial…

2. Penang State Art Gallery

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Housed in Dewan Sri Pinang, the island’s first multipurpose hall, this small and rather tired gallery includes a permanent collection of contemporary…

3. Town Hall

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The Town Hall, completed in 1880, has a beautiful restored ballroom that is a regular venue for temporary exhibitions and shows. The Town Hall’s Hokkien…

4. Church of the Assumption

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The Catholic Church of the Assumption was founded in 1786, not long after the foundation of Penang, but the present building was constructed in 1861.

5. The Star Pitt St

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The 1906 offices of The Star newspaper have been transformed into this arts, culture and heritage centre, used for various exhibitions as well as hosting…

6. City Hall

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Built in 1903, this Edwardian baroque building facing the Padang houses the Penang Island City Council.

7. House of Yeap Chor Ee

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Housed in an exquisitely restored three-storey shophouse mansion, this interesting museum is dedicated to a former resident, itinerant barber-turned…

8. Kuan Yin Teng

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Dedicated to Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy, this temple is the liveliest place of worship in George Town. The current temple was built in the early 19th…