The capital city of Penang is definitely a place to venture if you are eager to explore a city full of cultural wonders in Malaysia; exhibiting a vibrant mixture of modern lifestyle, foods, shop lots and photography spots.
There are at least 12, 000 buildings in Georgetown recognised by UNESCO including the colourful Chinese shop houses, jetties, churches, mosques, temples, and even British colonial buildings.
Two of the world-known artists, Ernest Zacharevic and Julia Volchkova displayed their arts in between the small roads of Georgetown, painted on the walls of classic buildings. The history of Georgetown and its residents is also depicted on murals and arts all around the city, including more than 50 iron caricatures – or more known as the street arts.
Tourists are advised to use the street art maps for a more streamlined experience of exploring the unique Georgetown – the map will direct you to the entire mural paintings on the streets. The pedestrian-friendly town is also famous for both old and new coffee shops. You can choose to visit the classic kopitiam or head to one of those quirky cafes that offer assorted coffees and delicacies, some of the cafes even portray a theme of artsy vibes.
If you are eager to see more of Georgetown’s finest arts, head over to Hin Bus Depot; a community art space where emerging new artists showcase their talents. There are exhibitions, pop up markets, art performances, souvenir shops, and cafes located inside the depot. For a more colourful experience, you can head over to Georgetown’s Little India, a vibrant area filled with colourful saree shops, spices grocery stores, temples, and Indian eateries.
For book lovers, you should pay a visit to Chow Rasta, a two-storey building selling local snacks, clothes, and souvenirs, as well as rows of bookstores selling both new and second hand books.
Visit Chew Jetty for a wide choice of souvenirs to bring home, and spend time to appreciate the beautiful nature at the jetty during sunset; promising a breathtaking scenery of Georgetown’s skyline.
Make sure to try the delicacies of Georgetown, ranging from Penang signature’s Char Kway Teow that comes with prawns, cockles and chicken, Pasembur, Popiah, Nasi Kandar, Cendol, Assam Laksa and more.
There are more attractions to discover in Penang such as The Top; located at Komtar, 3D Trick Art Museum, Colonial Penang Museum, and Clan Jetties – all are just within the area.
Wait no more, experience the vibrant and colourful Georgetown!
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