Penang Journals

The pearl of the East.

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A travel journal to Penang by garymarsh6

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Georgetown Photo, Penang, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: A beautiful tropical island full of olde world charm and UNESCO heritage sites in Georgetown the capital city.

Clan Jetties

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Attraction | "A unique way of living over the water."

Clan Jetties Photo, George Town, Malaysia
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The clan Jetties of Georgetown.What are the clan jetties?Clan jetties are a group of piers that housed Chinese immigrants from Xin Lin She Village in Fujian province China who emigrated to Penang during the 1800’s and were too poor to buy land or housing ashore. They are basically wooden piers that stretch out into the Straits of Malacca with wooden shack type houses built on stilts and concrete pylons either side of the pier over the water. Originally they had thatched roofs but now have zinc corrugated roofs.There are 8 clan jetties with different clans of Chinese immigrants living on them according to their clan name and ancestry. They are named as fo...Read More

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Clan Jetties
Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay)
Georgetown, Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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Attraction | "The blue Mansion."

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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This mansion is known as the Blue mansion due to the indigo paint that covers the house. It was built in 1880 by a rich Chinese entrepreneur whose origins were of a much humbler background.Cheong Fatt Tze was born in 1840 in Taipu, Guangdong province, China. He was born into a family of teachers and farmers and when he was 16 emigrated first to Java where he started working as a water carrier fetching and selling water to people.He eventually saved up enough money to move on to Penang where he started buying and selling spices and then moved onto selling opium. He gained his fortune through shrewd investments in banks and other businesses and by diversifying he became richer an...Read More

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

Fort Cornwallis

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Attraction | "The first British settlement in Georgetown. Penang."

Fort Cornwallis Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown. Penang.Fort Cornwallis is the original site where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786. He initially built a wooden structure to act as a fortress but it was later rebuilt in stone using convict labor from India in the early 1800's. The surrounding area was quite inhospitable with very thick jungle and undergrowth and there is a story that said that in order for soldiers and locals to tame some of the jungle Light had a cannon filled with Spanish gold coins which was then fired into the jungle. The men used their machetes to cut down the fauna to reach the gold coins thereby clearing the jungle.The fort was built in the shape of a star right on the...Read More

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

Kek Lok Si Temple

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Attraction | "A temple complex in the mountains."

Kek Lok Si Temple Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Kek Lok si Temple Complex.Air Itam.Georgetown.Kek Lok Si temple also known as the temple of supreme bliss is built in the suburbs of Georgetown in the surrounding mountains at Air Itam and can easily be reached by bus or taxi from the town centre. At the entrance of the temple there are a parade of shops selling Buddhist items such as small figurines, incense and other religious paraphernalia. The architecture is unique in that it consists of Chinese, Thai and Burmese influences throughout the temple complex.Construction of the temple.Work began on the temple in 1891 and it took 14 years in total to build the initial temple. Since then various temples and prayer hal...Read More

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

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Georgetown

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Hotel | "A touch of nostalgia of a bygone age."

Eastern & Oriental Hotel Georgetown Photo, Penang, Malaysia
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Eastern and oriental hotel. Georgetown Penang.The Eastern and Oriental Hotel Georgetown is an old colonial hotel found on the waterfront of Georgetown, Penang. It is an absolutely superb place and luxurious place to stay while in Georgetown living the life of a bygone age. It retains its old world charm maintaining an air of grace not found in many other hotels of its kind.History.The hotel was born through the entrepreneurialship of two brothers from Armenia called Martin and Tigrel Sarkie. The hotel was in fact two hotels initially one called the Eastern which opened in 1884 and the other the Oriental which opened in 1885 that were side by side taking up a sizeable part...Read More

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel Georgetown
10 Lebuh Farquhar
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia 10200
+(6) 04 222 2000