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Pulau Pinang - As Chinese as it Gets in Malaysia

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An October 2003 trip to Penang by Koentje3000

Mainland Penang Photo, Penang, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: The only Malaysian state with an ethnic Chinese majority offers historical buildings, nature, and a wonderful Buddhist complex. It should be high on the to-do list for any visitor of Malaysia.

Pulau Pinang - As Chinese as it Gets in Malaysia

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Overview

Mainland Penang Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Penang, or Pulau Pinang, is a Malaysian state on the northwest coast, with the highest population density in the country after Kuala Lumpur. It is the only state where people of Chinese descent form a majority. The western part of the state is an island called Pulau Pinang, inhabited by 600.000 people and encompassing the state capital, George Town. The mainland part of the state is called Sebarang Perai, with slightly more people, but 2.5 times bigger than the island. Main town on the mainland is Butterworth, an important regional transport hub. Pinang means "betel nut" in Malaysian, apparently referring to the shape of the island. It was settled by the British in the 18th century, after the island w...Read More

George Town

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Attraction | "George Town Part I"

George Town Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The capital of Pulau Pinang is an interesting historical city in the northwest corner of Malaysia. It is located in the east of Penang Island, opposite the mainland city of Butterworth. The city was settled by the British at the end of the 18th century as a trading post for the British East India Company and named after King George III. It became an important trading post in present-day Malaysia and population soon rose to its current 250,000 people living in the city proper. More than half of the population in George Town is of Chinese origin, the highest rate on the Malay peninsula after Singapore.The oldest building in town is Fort Cornwallis, at the eastern tip facing the Penang Straight...Read More

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George Town
Northeast corner of Penang Island
Penang

George Town

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Attraction | "George Town Part II"

George Town Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The eastern part of town, bordering Penang Straight, is George Town's Chinatown. This is the most interesting place in town, with beautiful Chinese shophouses, many of them restored. A free shuttle bus does a circle tour of Chinatown between the white KOMTAR tower and the Jeti (jetty) every 20 min. or so, passing the town's most interesting historical buildings. Near bus stop 7 is the impressive dark blue painted Cheong Fatt Tze mansion (Lebuh Leith) that can be visited on a guided tour twice a day (RM5). The reasonable Penang Museum (RM1) with pictures and art works of local artists is also in Lebuh Leith. A short walk away, in Jalan Kapitan Kling (Pitt Street) is the Chinese-style Goddess of Mercy (...Read More

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George Town
Northeast corner of Penang Island
Penang

Khoo Kongsi

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Khoo Kongsi Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Near the free shuttle bus stand no. 15, in Lebuh Cannon off Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Pitt Street) is one of the most beautiful buildings in Penang, Khoo Kongsi or the clanhouse of the Khoo family. The entry to the clanhouse is marked with a signpost in Lebuh Cannon, leading into a small unremarkable passage. At the end of the passage you'll pay the entrance fee of RM5 (1 €). You will come to a square (Cannon Square) surrounded by houses, administrative buildings, an opera stage and the clan temple of the family.The Khoo family began to emigrate from Hokkien province (China) in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th century they became one of t...Read More

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

Kapitan Keling Mosque Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The Kapitan Kling mosque (Masjid Kapitan Keling in Malaysian) is one of the largest and oldest on Penang island. The large square central prayer hall was built at the beginning of the 19th century, facing towards the Muslim Holy city of Mecca according to the islamic Kiblat rule. Only 100 years later the mosque reached its present shape with the addition of the minaret tower and the replacement of the then roof by a large onion-shaped copper dome. The ochre yellow domes were painted black during the 2003 restoration of the mosque.The mosque is located in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (also known as Pitt Street), near shuttle bus stop 15. The entrance to the mosque is free, but you should register...Read More

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Kapitan Keling Mosque
Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling
Penang, Malaysia 10200
+60 4 261 6663 (Pena

Kek Lok Si Temple

Attraction | "Kek Lok Si Temple (part I)"

Kek Lok Si Temple Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The Kek Lok Si temple complex is arguably the most impressive structure in Penang province. It is located right in the centre of the island on the slopes of Penang Hill near Ayer Hitam village (sometimes spelled Air Itam; called "Black Water" in English). Ayer Hitam village can be reached by bus 101 or 130 from the white KOMTAR building in Georgetown (RM1 or 25¢) or a taxi ride here from anywhere in Penang will cost you around RM15-25. Take the bus to its final stop in the village, where a short walk eastwards will bring you to a narrow stepped passageway leading up to the temple. The path is lined with stalls selling tourist stuff like T-shirts or more spiritual items like inscence sticks. The atmosp...Read More

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Kek Lok Si Temple
Air Itam
Penang, Malaysia 10450
+60 4 828 3317

Kek Lok Si Temple

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Attraction | "Kek Lok Si Temple (part II)"

Kek Lok Si Temple Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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The steps from the Garden Pavilion of Lord Buddha will bring you to the higher levels and newer additions of the temple complex, built after 1915 and enclosed by a concrete wall. The first building you see is the Amitabha Buddha pagoda, dedicated to a person who reached Buddhahood due to its merits. The temple roof is topped with a pagoda containing a yellow Buddha statue flanked with red and white painted greeting figurines. From the temple's terrace you will have excellent views on the whole complex and Penang island. Another notable temple is the Hall of Devas, with beautiful statues of the four heavenly kings or devas, Buddhist deities watching over each of the four cardinal directions. If you wal...Read More

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Kek Lok Si Temple
Air Itam
Penang, Malaysia 10450
+60 4 828 3317