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The capital city of the island of Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-preserved colonial buildings and other historical sights. It is one of the most interesting cities in Malaysia, with a unique mixture of cultures, various religious sites and modern architecture. Georgetown is a relaxed city that attracts visitors from all over the world.
There is quite a lot to see in Georgetown and you can easily spend a few days wandering around and taking it all in.
For the historical side of Georgetown visit: Cheong FattTze Mansion, Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Queen Victoria Clock Tower. Visitors should also stroll along the streets of Little India and walk along Armenian Street to see numerous colonial shop houses For those wanting to explore the religious side of Georgetown, visit: the Thai-style Wat Chaiyamangalaram, the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Saint George's Church and the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple.
Travellers who are into adventure or the outdoors can stroll along the shorelines of the city andhave a look at the boats at the Clan Jetties, walk up Penang Hill to enjoy great views of the city and beyond or spend a day at the Escape Adventure play theme park.
Good Areas for Food in Georgetown
Georgetown is a haven for food lovers as there is a mixture of cuisines to match the mixture of cultures in the city. Everything from cheap street stall food to up-market restaurants can be found here, in addition to Chinese coffeehouses. Visitors enjoy the experience of eating Indian food from a banana leaf in Little India, enjoying Chinese street food from a vendor along Kimberly Street, dining on Malay and Peranakan food at the New Lane Hawker Centre or go for a meal in a chic restaurant housed in a converted colonial shop house.
Nightlife in Georgetown is just as eclectic, with everything from hole-in-the-wall bars to trendy nightclubs. Upper Penang Road is the liveliest part of Georgetown, especially for the younger crowd.
Shopping in Georgetown
There are a number of street markets in Georgetown, like the early morning Lorong Kulit Flea Market and the Little Penang Street Market that takes place on the last Sunday of every month. Chinatown is great for traditional herbs, natural products and wholesale clothing, and Little India for saris, Indian handicrafts, spices and trinkets. Those who prefer to shop indoors for known label brands should go to Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue Shopping Mall, or take a bus or taxi to nearby Gurney Plaza.