Five Things To See And Do While In Penang

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Penang, located in the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, has been hailed as a fascinating fusion of the East and West. Parts of the state boast well-preserved architecture, and because of that, it is one of the areas in Southeast Asia where a visitor can get a glimpse into life in the Straits in pre-war days. Here are some the things you can see and do in Penang.

George Town
This lovely town was recently listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and it’s easy to understand why. Colonial buildings and Peranakan architecture give the town a certain old world charm. (see picture above.)

Batu Ferringhi Beach
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With its sandy shores and vast open sea, Batu Ferringhi is a great place to relax. Spend your days soaking in the water, parasailing, water skiing, or basking under the sun. When the sun sets, you can try out the hawker fare in the area, or do some shopping at the night market.

China Town
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Step back in time and see how the Chinese immigrants lived when they came to the Strait in the 1800s. China Town on the island stretches from Weld Quay to Lebuh Stewart, lebuh Muntri, Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh King. Many clanhouses, shophouses and temples found along these streets are weel-preserved.

Nyonya Cuisine
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IMAGE SOURCE: http://nyonyafood.rasamalaysia.com
The Nyonya community’s cooking skills are legendary. This Peranakan style of cooking has a strong multicultural influence and is deliciously infused with herbs and spices. Coconut meal and laksa leaves are staples in the Peranakan kitchen, along with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, curry powder, belachan, and a host of other spices. When you’re done with your meal, don’t forget to try the desserts!

Penang Museum and Art Gallery
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Located at Lebuh Farquhar in George Town, the Penang Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia. The museum provides an insight into Penang’s history, with its showcase of old photographs, maps, charts, historical relics, and paintings of early Penang. The collection includes Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewellery and costumes as well as eight oil paintings by Captain Robert Smith.

 

Further reading:
http://www.tourismpenang.net.my
http://www.penang.ws/areas/batu-feringgi.htm
http://nyonyafood.rasamalaysia.com
http://www.penangmuseum.gov.my

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