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About George Town

George Town is the capital of the island and state of Penang, off the west coast of peninsular Malaysia known for its mix of cultures and its delicious street hawker food. The city was established in 1786 by the British as one of the three Straits Settlements along with Malacca and Singapore. Today its ancient core of well-preserved buildings provides an authentic view at this vibrant city with traditions that run deep. A mix of settlers from China, India, and beyond have created a mix of ethnic groups that each stay true to their cultures and religions. But perhaps most beloved for its street food, tourists fly in to George Town from across Asia to taste the classic hawker dishes.

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Penang Street Arts
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Featured Neighborhood
In 2012, Penang’s municipal council hired London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic and charged him with breathing new life into some of the atmospheric Chinese shop-houses around the inner city. There you can rent a bicycle to ride along roads like Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street, explore the attractive works of Zacharevic and take photos.
Clan Jetties Of Penang
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The surname bridge does not refer to a separate bridge, but a general term for many bridges. When the Chinese went to Nanyang in the south, they went to Penang, engaged in trade and fishing, and made a living from the sea. Therefore, they set up bridges and built houses on them to form a unique small village. Because the same surname lives in a bridge, it is called the surname bridge. A hundred years later, these huts still exist, next to the port of Penang, watching the ships come and go, continue to write legends.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
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The Peranakans were a group of assimilated Chinese particular to Malaysia. At this house the home of a rich Baba of the 19th century is recreated, highlighting their luxurious lifestyle and their many customs and traditions.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
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Famous Residences
Built in the 1880s, this famous indigo-blue Chinese Courtyard House in Georgetown was the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese figure. It has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows, and is currently available for both room and event reservation.

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Posted: Dec 28, 2018
Sam Hu   
Chinese politicians also come here to taste the food. The famous multi-spring teahouse is located at the intersection of the Chinese name "New Street Plaza" in Penang, at the intersection of Campbell Street and Penang Street. Many spring teahouses have a good reputation. Although the tea room is actually a tea shed in the alley that is simply smashed with iron sheets, it is usually necessary to wait in line to eat. The signature food is Nasi Lemak, toast with peanut butter or KAYA sauce, and coffee is black. coffee is the name of the Ipoh Chinese people, black coffee plus sugar without milk. Black coffee is made with a special coffee powder, rich in coffee, but the entrance is smooth and not bitter. The owner is the second generation of the tea room. According to her, the reason why the coffee here is delicious is that it uses high quality Hainan coffee beans, which is the improvement of Hainan coffee, even the Chinese politicians in Penang. Let go of the body and taste the food here. The most attractive thing is the old iron barrel-like iron bucket stove, the upper layer of coffee, steamed toast, the lower layer of toast. The multi-spring tea room has been operating for more than 60 years. The store is very simple, only a few tables and chairs placed in the open air. In general, we eat toast is the bread baked by the machine. However, the toast of the spring tea room is baked out of the large iron drum. You can see the bottom of the iron bucket used to bake bread, the hot water in the middle is used to steam eggs, brew coffee, and the steam produced can also be used to heat the bread. In other words, there are two kinds of bread sold here, one is charcoal and the other is steamed bread, they really make good use of a large iron bucket. Usually come to eat a packet of Nasi Lemak or a loaf of bread, a raw boiled egg and a cup of coffee, this is the Malaysian favorite breakfast.
Posted: Jul 25, 2019


Do You Want to Come Across All Kinds of Old Special Buildings in The Streets and Alley Ways? Penang, Will Take You from The Luxurious Dwellings of The Overseas Chinese to Mosques and British Castles.
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George Town
Penang was the first British colony in the far east. There is still many historic British buildings here today. Many towns here were built by overseas Chinese, and because of this there are a lot of building in the old Qing architectural style. The cultural mix of characteristics in Penang are something that you wont regret exploring.
TripBlog   Nov 14, 2019
Where to Have The Real Penang Taste? Popular TOP13 Food
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George Town
Penang gathers cuisines from around the world. Malaysia has the largest population of Overseas Chinese, that’s why you will taste authentic Chinese food here. Other Asian cuisines such as Japanese, Indian, Thai and Malay are also available everywhere. You will not worry about starving, but will have too many choices.
TripBlog   Nov 14, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the absolute best restaurants in George Town: Nona Bali Restaurant, Beach Blanket Babylon, Coffee On The Table, Yellow Lips Cafe & Bar, Chok Dee Thai Restaurant.
Here are the best places to visit in George Town, including: Komtar, Lorong Love, Khoo Kongsi, Fort Cornwallis, Kapitan Keling Mosque.