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Penang’s UNESCO Heritage Zone Walking Tour

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Without doubt, a wander through the streets of Penang’s UNESCO heritage zone should be top of any visitors to-do list.





You’ll experience Georgetown’s mixture of cultures and faiths, customs and traditions, smells and sights, and along with the historical architecture, there’s galleries, boutiques, street art and if you get hungry, some excellent eateries along the way.

In a hurry? Here you go. Photo taken in or around Penang’s UNESCO Heritage Zone Walking Tour, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

In a hurry? Here you go. Photo: Sally Arnold

Somewhat confusingly streets may be marked with the official name, but often referred to by former labels (we’ve used the formal name you will see on the street signs). As you stroll, take note of the blue signage explaining a little of the history of the street and its appellation. This tour could easily fill a day and if you have the time, you may wish to split it over a couple of days, or if on a tight schedule, consider hiring a bicycle or rickshaw to zip around the highlights.

One of the most atmospheric and photogenic parts of Georgetown is the area centred around Lebuh Armenian where the narrow streets still conjure a sense of old Penang. We’ll start our walking tour here at the Cheah Kongsi. Penang’s Kongsi, or Chinese clan houses have played an integral role in shaping the story of city, established as a place to honour ancestral spirits for the members of a particular clan or people who simply share the same surname, as well, they provided support for newcomers and promoted shared business ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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