Riches of the Past: Exploring Historic Georgetown

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Georgetown has a rich and varied history that's well worth diving into for a day, starting with its captivating old town. With so much to see, here are a few of my picks!

Start by dipping into Penang's history at the UNESCO World Heritage Zone in downtown Georgetown. It's a delightful mix of colonial architecture from the 1800s and a great place to spend a day wandering the maze of alleys and lanes. Check out the evening flea market at the corner of Armenian Street and Lebuh Acheh for second-hand finds.

Within Georgetown's historic heart at Cannon Square, you'll find the impressive Khoo Kongsi Clan Temple, a remnant of Penang's Chinese history and one of the city's major attractions. It contains a beautiful courtyard, a traditional theatre, elaborate murals and carvings and an ornate facade.

Also amidst the narrow, winding lanes of the city's old town is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Built in the 1890s, it's a mix of Chinese carving, English tiling and Scottish iron works, and home to more than 1,000 antiques. For an equally impressive building with a different cultural flavour, stop by the Kapitan Keling Mosque on the corner of Buckingham Street and Pitt Street.

Churches, mosques and historical sites abound on Penang! Simply ask my team what you'd like to see and they’ll happily direct you there.