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Penang Revisited

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A May 2005 trip to Penang by Composthp

Fort Cornwallis Photo, Penang, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: My original title was to be "Penang-chiak-gao-peng" (eat until you drop), for that was what we did in the 3 days that we were there. Our Penangite host/friend took great pleasure in filling our stomachs with cheap and yummy food and showing us the rich culture and history of Penang.

Penang Revisited

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Penang's heritage Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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While neighbouring countries are busy modernising their cities, Penang took great pains to preserve its heritage. Situated at the northern end of the Straits of Malacca, it was a British port of call in the early 19th century. The result is a city of diverse culture and heritage which has been kept alive to this day. We spent a leisurely, yet hectic 3 days taking in the sights and trying out the different kinds of food Penang has to offer. Our days began and ended with "what shall we eat next", and any sightseeing in between was purely coincidental to digest off the calories and to make room for more food-tasting sessions. Hence, we found ourselves stumbling from site to site at our whim and fa...Read More

Sarkis Corner

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Restaurant

Sarkis Corner Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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We had one hour to kill before the tour begins at the Blue Mansion and decided to find a place for a cuppa to kill time. Attracted by its Islamic-European influenced façade, we decided to stop at the Eastern & Oriental hotel just a street behind. The E&O hotel was established in 1885 and hosted distinguished guests the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Entering through the hotel via its revolving door was like walking into a bygone era when the British were the masters of Malaya. This hotel has pres...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2005

Sarkis Corner
10, Lebuh Farquhar
Penang, Malaysia
+60 4-2222-000

Fort Cornwallis

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Attraction

Fort Cornwallis Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Fort Cornwallis was built in the late 18th century by Penang’s founder, Sir Francis Light, and named after the Governor-General in Bengal-Charles Cornwallis. The star-shaped fort was the first military and administrative base of the East India Company and consisted of offices, barracks, and gunpowder magazines. It was also where the first chapel in Penang was sited. The buildings are now restored and converted into galleries for exhibits explaining the history of Penang, café and a small shopping arcade. The pristine white harbour light house and flagstaff situated atop the fort at the far left corner from the entra...Read More

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Fort Cornwallis
Padang Kota Lama
Penang, Malaysia 10200
+60 4 261 6663 (Pena

Penang War Museum

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Attraction | "The Lost Military Fortress: Penang War Museum"

Penang War Museum Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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We stumbled across this fortress purely by chance. We were exploring the southern part of Penang and were looking for the highway that would bring us back to Georgetown from Batu Maung when we came across posters hung on street-lamps advertising the museum. "Is there a road to turn in?" my friend asked, I answered positively, and before we knew it, she made a U-turn and drove us straight to the museum, with only the posters hanging from the street lamps as guidance. This military fortress was built by the British in the early 1930s and spans over 20 acres. Dug into the hill of Bukit Batu Maung, the British created underground tunnels that housed intelligence and logistic centers, halls, ventila...Read More

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Penang War Museum
No. Lot 1350, Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya
Penang, Malaysia

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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Attraction | "Fengshui 101 at the Blue Mansion"

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The Blue Mansion, aka Cheong Fatt Tze mansion, is one of Penang’s foremost restoration project that has won the National Architecture award for conservation in 1995 and the UNESCO conservation award in 2000. This boutique hotel cum museum once belonged to a self-made Mandarin called Cheong Fatt Tze who arrived in Nanyang with little more than the clothes on his back at the age of 16 but rose swiftly to become one of China’s richest and most powerful men, dubbed by the West as the "Rockefeller of the East". The Blue Mansion was his favourite mansion and is located at 14 Leith street, or lotus flower street, as the local...Read More

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
14 Leith Street
Penang, Malaysia 10200
+60 4 262 5289

Tropical Spice Garden

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Attraction | "On the Spice Trail"

Tropical Spice Garden Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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We came across this Tropical Spice Garden on our ocean-view ride to the beach resorts at Teluk Bahang and decided to check it out. This privately funded 8 acre valley is home to more than 500 varieties of flora, tropical herbs and spices. Endorsed by the state government, it aims to promote understanding and appreciation of local flora and fauna. There are three main walking trails: the jungle, the ornamental and the spice trail, each takes approximately 25 to 45 mins to complete at varying degrees of difficulty. Visitors are advised briefly on the different trails and have the option to purchase an informative map (RM$5) that point out interesting features along each trail. We were sprayed dow...Read More

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Tropical Spice Garden
Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jln Teluak Bahang
Penang, Malaysia

Khoo Kongsi

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Attraction | "Anna and the King: Khoo Kongsi"

Khoo Kongsi Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The topic of films and film locations came up in one of our conversations, and this triggered my host’s memory. She regaled us of her attempts to see the cast and crew of Anna and the King when they were filming there in 1999. Although we couldn't recall which scenes were filmed in Penang, we decided to visit one of the locations, Khoo Kongsi. The ancestors of the Khoos hailed from the Sin Kang clan village in the Hokkien province of China. They were wealthy traders and in 1906, they built the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi (Dragon Mountain hall) clan temple in Cannon road. Restoration works were undertaken in 2000 at the co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Khoo Kongsi
18 Cannon Square
Pulau, Penang, Malaysia 10200
+60 4 261 4609

Gurney Drive Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Gurney Drive is the "food mecca" of Penang. Well-known to locals and tourists for inexpensive and delicious food, it comes alive after sundown every day, without fail, and stays open till the wee hours of the morning. Here, you can try every imaginable delight that Penang has to offer, from assam laksa (sour and spicy rice noodles with a hint of tamarind juice) to rojak (fruit salad with prawn paste dressing), from lok lok (all manner of seafood, meat, and vegetables strung together like kebabs and dipped into assorted sauces) to silken-smooth beancurd with brown-sugar syrup. Food is sold from makeshift stalls and converted vans, ...Read More

Batu Ferringhi Post-Tsunami

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The long and winding road Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Batu Ferringhi is a popular resort area in Penang where tourists and locals go for some serious R&R. Unfortunately, together with Miami Beach and Pantai Pasir Panjang, this area seemed almost deserted since the Boxing Day tsunami last year. Damage was minimal, as Malaysia was sheltered by Sumatra. Cleaning up was completed within days of impact, and businesses were resumed quickly thereafter. However, few tourists were spotted and most shops were quiet despite aggressive efforts by the local authorities to promote Penang as a tourist destination. We took a leisurely drive along the coastal road of Batu Ferringhi. This...Read More