Must see attractions in George Town

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    St George's Church

    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…

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    Han Jiang Ancestral Temple

    This beautifully decorated and maintained Clanhouse, belonging to the Penang Teochew Association, dates back to 1870. It features informative displays on…

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    Church of the Assumption

    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.

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    Lee Jetty

    Perhaps the most appealing clan jetty, with a new row of wooden homes and businesses owned by members of one extended family.

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    Teochew Puppet & Opera House

    A family collection of puppets, costumes and traditional instruments form the basis of this charming specialist museum.

  • Sri Mariamman Temple

    Built in 1883, Sri Mariamman is George Town’s oldest Hindu house of worship. For local South Indians, the temple fulfils the purpose of a Chinese…

  • Penang Museum

    Penang's state-run museum includes exhibits on the history, customs and traditions of the island’s various ethnic groups, with photos, videos, documents,…

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    P Ramlee House

    This museum compound is dedicated to the 1950s and '60s movie star P Ramlee, who was born here. Ramlee was particularly known for his singing; he also…

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    High Court

    This impressive 1903 building, with rows of columns holding up balconies and shaded exterior corridors, is Malaysia's oldest high court. Outside is a…

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    Suffolk House

    This impressive Georgian-style mansion is built on the site of the original residence of Francis Light, founder of the colony and native of Suffolk,…

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    A typical feature of Malaysian colonial cities is the padang, which is an open playing field surrounded by public buildings. George Town’s padang…

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    Wat Buppharam

    This Thai temple, dating from 1942, is home to the 'Lifting Buddha', a renowned, 100-year-old, gold-leaf-encrusted Buddha statue about the size of a well…

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    Top at KOMTAR

    There are all kinds of attractions – most targeted at families – in this major revamp of part of George Town's iconic KOMTAR tower. The biggest draw is…

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    Penang Jewish Cemetery

    Believed to be the oldest single Jewish burial ground in Southeast Asia, here you'll find some 107 graves, the earliest of which dates back to 1835. The…

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    Witness Collection

    Since this splendid collection of modern and contemporary art works, mainly from Vietnam and Cambodia, is displayed in the home of their owner, Adrian…

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    Sun Yat Sen Museum

    Dr Sun Yat Sen was the leader of the 1911 Chinese revolution, which established China as the first republic in Asia. He lived in George Town with his…

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    E&O Gallery

    Originally built in 1884, the E&O was the archetypal 19th-century colonial grand hotel. It was established by two of the Armenian Sarkies brothers, Tigram…

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    Yap Kongsi

    The main structure here, built in a curious art deco-meets-Straits-Chinese' style in 1924, is painted a distinctive shade of light green. It is not always…

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    The Star Pitt St

    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…

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    Kids on a Bicycle Mural

    This 2012 work by Ernest Zacharevic is the most famous of George Town's street-art pieces. It features a real bicycle attached to a wall, on which the two…