If you are wandering what to do in Penang Malaysia when you are visiting the region, join us to appreciate the Georgetown heritage, history and culture! Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, represents the British era from the end of the 19th century, therefore validating an outstanding cultural heritage.
With a long and illustrious history under its belt, the city was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO due to its many beautiful and well preserved original colonial (Chinese Style) shophouses and historical buildings.
While you are in Penang, the heritage site of Georgetown is a must visit place of interest. What a waste if you are visiting Penang without coming to the heritage site!
Here is a list that we put together for your convenience, mainly covering the Heritage & Attractions around the Georgetown area. You could also stay nearby at TIDO Hostel, which is located at Argylle Road.
Heritage & Attractions Around Georgetown Penang
Penang Khoo Khongsi
It is well-known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back to 650 years ago, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house.
Address: 18 Cannon Square, Georgetown
Opening Hours: Open daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kuan Yin Temple
Kuan Yin Temple is undoubtedly one of the oldest temples in Penang. Located at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (previously known as Pitt Street), it was built back in 1800 and was constructed by early immigrants from China. The temple was one of the most magnificent Chinese-style structures in northern Malaysia.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
Opening Hours: Daily from morning to late evening.
Fort Cornwallis, is one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown Penang.
The construction of Fort Cornwallis was completed in 1810 and the fort’s walls are roughly 10 feet high. It is laid out in a star-shaped formation and you can see some of the original structures such as chapel, prison cells, ammunitions storage area, harbour light and etc inside the buildings.
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 7pm
Sun Yat Sen Museum
It is a beautifully-preserved house museum in the multicultural George Town world heritage site. It was built around 1880 as a residential townhouse, the building is unusually long at over 40 metres and it retains many of the original features such as an intimate courtyard garden, a handsome timber staircase, geometric floor tiles and large beams spanning lime plaster walls.
Address: 120, Armenian Street, Georgetown
Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
It is an interactive museum that occupies two levels of a long shophouse that stretches from King Street to Penang Street. What makes the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum “stand out”, is that it uses both perspective murals as well as life-sized figures that protrude from the walls. Hence, it offers a very different and new experience.
Address: Penang Road, Georgetown
Burmese Temple – Dhammikarama
It is the only Burmese Buddhist temple located in Penang and it was built back in 1803. The main attraction of the temple is the historical Pagoda which is a 200 year old huge all-marble Buddha statue. The temple is rich with history and there are also paintings hanging around throughout the walk-way which explain the journey of Buddha.
Address: Burma Road, Georgetown
It is a seafront promenade that enclaves some of the attractions like Fort Cornwallis, Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, City Hall, Town Hall, State Legislative Building etc. At the centre of them all, is a beautiful landscape public park named ‘Esplanade’. The Esplanade is famous for the Chap Goh Meh celebration during which the locals throw Mandarin oranges into the sea in the hope of finding a good partner (a tradition still practiced today)
Clan Jetties is part of the Penang Heritage Trail. There used to be 7 jetties in the past until 1 was demolished by fire hence only 6 remain now. Clan Jetties is the traditional
settlement created by Chinese immigrants who shared common historical, geographical and lineage origin.
Address: Weld Quay, Georgetown
Kapitan Keling Mosque
The Kapitan Keling Mosque was built and designed by German architect Henry Alfred Neubronner. The mosque which was originally a humble single-storey brick structure, now stands as a regal landmark and is one of the country’s most beautiful and historically rich mosques.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town
Opening hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Saturday to Thursday) and 3:00pm to 5:00pm (Friday).
Colonial Penang Museum
This is a place that will bring you back to Penang’s colonial past. It allows you to experience the lifestyle of both British Administrators and the wealthy merchants of Penang. Visitors can find unique antiques such as personal handwritten documents by Captain Francis Light etc. The museum can also be used as an educational instrument for students to promote the understanding and significance of our rich heritage.
Address: Jalan D.S. Ramanathan, Waterfall Gardens
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (9.30am to 6.30pm)
Music & Night Life Around Georgetown Penang
Paris @ MC Club
Ready, Jet Set and Party! Paris @ MC Club is equipped with state-of-the-art staging, audio, visuals and decor. You can immerse yourself in a unique and classy Parisian environment. They are so committed to the theme that they have constructed the Eiffel Tower structure right smack in the middle of the club with a swanky elevated DJ console attached to it.
Address: Upper Penang Road
Inch is a strikingly attractive bar located at Lebuh Muntri. The interiors are decorated with fancy paints and you can see splashes of red on the facade that match the playground-friendly pastel hues inside. Inch offers tapas-sized Southeast Asian snacks complemented by eccentric (though limited) cocktails.
Address: Muntri Street, Georgetown
This music club comes with a futuristic circular stage and an ultra modern bar to match. Complete with laser lights and lush white sofas, Soju Room is steadily turning into a promising night spot and is becoming popular among the town’s trendsetters. Here’s where you can expect a series of DJs and music events to entertain the crowd till the wee hours of the morning.
Address: Penang Times Square, Jalan Dato Keramat, Georgetown
Located right in the middle of the row of night spots on Upper Penang Road, the bar is reminiscent of an old European ‘brown bar’ due to its interior of heavy, dark wood bar tables and chairs. It offers beers, stout, cocktails and even tuak, at competitive price points.
Address: 3E, Upper Penang Road, Jalan Penang, George Town