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  • Fort Cornwallis
    4 stars

    Originally built of palm trunks in 1786, Fort Cornwallis was upgraded into the brick structure you see today in 1804. Once home to a barracks, gun powder magazine, chapel, harbour light, flagstaff, armoury, cell rooms, stores and many other administration buildings, in its day the Fort was a ... read more

  • Komtar Viewing Deck
    3 stars

    Enter the Komtar tower and a lift will whisk you up 60 floors in just under 30 seconds to the viewing deck. From there enjoy dazzling views of Penang. At 30 ringgit, this isn't a cheap diversion -- you may want to consider dinner at the Bayview Hotel's revolving restaurant instead as it costs 48 ... read more

  • Syed Alatas Mansion
    2.5 stars

    Originally belonging to Syed Mohamad Alatas, a spice trader and the leader of the Acheen Street Mosque community during the Penang riots of 1867, it's believed this house was used as a base for the Acehnese leaders during their war against the Dutch. It's speculated that Syed Mohamad Alatas ... read more

  • Dhammakarama Burmese Temple and Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Temple
    3.5 stars

    These two temples on Lorong Burma lie across the street from each other. The lane and Burmese temple date back to the early 19th century when there was a Burmese village in the area. Wat Chaiya Mangalaram is a Thai temple, constructed much later, with a 33-metre reclining Buddha inside, one of ... read more

  • Cathedral of the Assumption
    2.5 stars

    This place of worship is not quite as grand as its name might suggest and unless you pass by during a service time the building is locked up. It is double spired and although white still manages to look quite bleak. Originally built in 1786 the current structure is from 1861.

  • St George's Church
    2.5 stars

    Sitting almost next to the Cathedral of Assumption this church with its pointy spire and columned entrance is set in a wide grassed area. It's the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia, built in 1818 using convict labour. The church is currently closed until further notice for restoration.

  • Goddess of Mercy Temple
    4 stars

    The oldest Chinese temple on Penang, the Goddess of Mercy was founded in 1801 after Chinese settlers received the plot of land it stands on from the British. The street directly opposite is named Lebuh China -- an effort by the British to make clear as to who stayed where. Worshippers here ... read more

  • Han Jiang Teochew Ancestral Temple
    3.5 stars

    Originally known as Teochew Kongsi, the Han Jiang Teochew Ancestral Temple dates back to 1870 and has seen several restoration projects, one in 1936 then again in the 1980s. The most recent one, costing 1.5m ringgit, won a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation award. The immaculately restored ... read more

  • Penang State Museum
    4 stars

    This quiet museum is housed in a white building opposite another set of white buildings belonging to the Penang Magistrate's Court. It's a great escape from the heat and hustle and bustle of Penang and will give you an excellent overview of the sights, culture and rich history of the island. ... read more

  • Eastern & Oriental Hotel
    3.5 stars

    If you are close by, it's worth taking a few minutes to marvel at this restored bit of history. The hotel was owned and operated by the Sarkies brothers, who were also responsible for Raffles in Singapore. Originally built in 1884, the hotel attracted the rich and famous and you can see their ... read more

  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
    3.5 stars

    This Hindu temple is beautifully ornate and intricately decorated. The temple remains in use today, but is quiet. It is worth taking your shoes off to go and wander around the colourful walls and sculptures. There is no visitor information at all but the temple is South Indian style and was built ... read more

  • Khoo Kongsi
    4 stars

    This clan house is the pride of Penang. In 2000, 4.2 million ringgit was spent on a restoration project and today it sits resplendent with its gold leaf and tile shard work. The original building was truly opulent and took some eight years to build. It was made from wood and just three weeks after ... read more

  • Hock Tiek Cheng Sin Kongsi
    3.5 stars

    This beautiful clan temple was built in 1892 in honour of the god of prosperity and the devotees are nearly all seeking good or better business. This kongsi operates under the supervision of the Penang Chinese trader association and, while tiny compared to the Khoo clan temple, the atmosphere ... read more

  • Ciji Temple
    3 stars

    Located beside the Yap Kongsi and across the road from the Hock Tiek Cheng Sin Kongsi means you'll struggle for an excuse not to pop in here. Built in 1924, it's a Taoist temple and in good condition.

  • Cheah Si Hock Haw Kong Kongsi
    3.5 stars

    It's a mouthful of a name, but the Cheah Si Hock Haw Kong Kongsi (most refer to it as Cheah Kongsi) on Lebuh Armenian enjoys a very active clan association, which was originally formed in 1820. This makes it the oldest of the Straits Chinese clan associations. Once you pass its red painted ... read more

  • Peranakan Mansion
    3.5 stars

    Many cultures and traditions have shaped the development of Georgetown, but one of the most remarkable is that of the 19th and early 20th-century Peranakan Chinese, whose affluent and opulent lifestyles are celebrated at the Peranakan Mansion. Many cultures and traditions have shaped the ... read more

  • Hainanese Temple
    3 stars

    It's impossible to be unimpressed by this building on an aesthetic level but armed with some history, this temple is even more intriguing. Spend any amount of time in Penang, and you will discover that the island’s Chinese heritage is as diverse as it is fascinating. During the 19th century, ... read more

  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
    4 stars

    Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, otherwise known as the Blue Mansion, has retained every inch of its original glory, and you can still get a glimpse of what life must have been like for Georgetown’s mercantile millionaires at the turn of the 20th century. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, otherwise known as the ... read more

  • Townbikes
    4 stars

    Townbikes offers an array of great pedal-powered options for showing yourself around Georgetown. Part of the joy of visiting Penang’s Georgetown is wandering its streets and taking in the sights, sounds and smells of its fascinating UNESCO-protected heritage townscape. However, getting the most ... read more

  • Pinaon Time Tunnel
    3.5 stars

    The Time Tunnel is a great way to put into context the culture and architecture of Penang today and if you have enjoyed wandering around the old streets, this adds a new dimension to your experience of the island. For a settlement that has existed less than 250 years, Penang has had its fair share ... read more

  • The Clan Jetties
    4 stars

    Beginning in the 1880s, immigrants arrived in Georgetown from China to work as coolies and ship hands in the port at Pengkalan Weld. Originally built over tidal mud flats as moors for boats, a series of jetties became associated with immigrant clans. Because they could not afford housing on the ... read more

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