The new Penang Bridge, the site of the Penang International Bridge Marathon
Nobody and (I really mean nobody) should visit Penang without exploring its historic capital, Georgetown, which is situated on the northeastern corner of Penang Island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old Chinese shop houses, British colonial buildings and charming narrow streets populated by trishaws. The charm of Georgetown not only lies it its history or architecture, but also in its rich culture, vibrant street scene and of course, its much –celebrated culinary heritage.
Things to do while in Georgetown:
1. Walk Around
Walking around Georgetown is the quintessential must-do experience for any visitor to this Malaysian city. And during this leisurely walk, you will be sure to encounter a stall or a restaurant in every nook or corner offering delightful tasty treats. If you would prefer not to walk, try to hire a local trishaw to show you around as an unofficial tour guide.
The Colonial District as you can imagine has the greatest number of colonial buildings in the city. A prominent site in the area is Fort Cornwallis, so tourists start their foot exploration of the district there. If you do not know which sites to check out, let the Heritage Trail guide you. The trail is broken down into multiple walking routes that highlight prominent buildings, temples and mosques and eventually leads you to the Chinatown. You can get a Heritage Trail route pamphlet from the tourist office. The Penang Heritage Trust also offers it too.
Nearby Fort Cornwallis you will stumble upon two prominent buildings in the city, which are the Town Hall and City Hall. In front of these two sites there is an open playing field called a “padang.” In the vicinity, you will easily find other notable landmarks like the Supreme Court, State Assembly Building and St. George’s Church.