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Penang City Hall

This fine example of Victorian architecture forms an opulent backdrop to the Georgetown Esplanade.

It would be hard not to notice the elegant City Hall with its magnificent Corinthian columns and grand windows, reminiscent of British colonial times, as you are walking along Georgetown's expansive Esplanade.

Known in the Malay language as Dewan Bandaraya, the ivory mansion was constructed in 1903 and opened in 1906 as the seat of the Penang Government. Today, it houses the municipal council of the island. It holds the record for being the first building in Penang to be fitted with electric lighting by the Huttenbach Brothers, a German firm which also lit up many of the island's other buildings.

As you walk around the vicinity, look out for the large cenotaph located on the Esplanade seafront nearby, erected in 1922 by the British to commemorate their soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Palm-fringed with a backdrop of the ocean, it provides another focal point on the Esplanade, though there is very little story behind it, as Penang was not a hot bed of action during World War I.

A large carpet of grass known as Kota Lama stretches out in front of the City Hall, cleared by the British back in the day for the purpose of playing cricket and other field games, as well as military parades. Today, Kota Lama is a popular venue for concerts and ceremonies throughout the year. Soak up the history with a front row seat on the grass, while listening to the waves beating against the seawall behind you.

Located on the Esplanade, the Georgetown City Hall makes a great photo memory of Penang's colonial past.


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JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La RM220
JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La

JEN Penang Georgetown by Shangri-La

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly George Town hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of KOMTAR, 1st Avenue Mall and Prangin Mall.

    Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang RM108
    Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

    Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly George Town hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Penang State Museum and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Eastern And Oriental Hotel RM552
      Eastern And Oriental Hotel

      Eastern And Oriental Hotel

         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly George Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Loop On Leith George Town Penang Hotel by Compass Hospitality RM90
        Loop On Leith George Town Penang Hotel by Compass Hospitality

        Loop On Leith George Town Penang Hotel by Compass Hospitality

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, KOMTAR and Penang City Hall. Gurney Drive and Penang Times Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          The Prestige Hotel Penang RM299
          The Prestige Hotel Penang

          The Prestige Hotel Penang

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            The Chambers RM145
            The Chambers

            The Chambers

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is steps away from House of Yeap Chor Ee and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Merlin Hotel RM98
              Merlin Hotel

              Merlin Hotel

                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of House of Yeap Chor Ee and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Friendship Motel RM62
                Friendship Motel

                Friendship Motel

                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of House of Yeap Chor Ee and Penang City Hall. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).