Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia in Photographs
The entire town of Georgetown, located in the northeast corner of Penang, an island in the Strait of Malaka off the coast of mainland Malaysia is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the influences of British colonialism, Indians both Muslim and Hindu, Chinese, Arabs, Achehnese, Siamese, Burmese and Malays have coexisted for 200 years.
The architecture reflects this diversity of cultural development. Additionally, the food is diverse and superb with many dishes uniquely developed in Penang. These are best cheaply and amply sampled from the many street carts and stalls found here.
Coming for a visa run, I spent three nights and two full days in this vibrant city, staying in the heart of the historical district. My home, the Red Inn Heritage House, as its name suggests, is one of the hundreds of heritage buildings here. Many have been restored. More are in the process, while many in disrepair await the loving touch of their owners present or future. All is protected by UNESCO status.
My first day was spent walking to over 25 places of interest. It was a very hot day with humidity hovering close to 100%. I started early and spent about eight hours. Along the way, I stopped periodically to sample some of the cities fine food. Here are some of the highlights.
It has been really hard deciding which photos to include in this essay. You can see these and several more here. For my second day in Penang, I walked a little, mostly back and forth between the Red Inn and the food stalls. Here’s one last photo detail of incredible carving in one of the Chinese Clan Houses.