George Town World Heritage Incorporated
A good starting point would be the George Town World Heritage Inc. centre, responsible for the management of heritage conservation for all of George Town, Penang. It also serves as a resource centre that regularly conducts skills development workshops, talks and other activities. It’s a great start and place to pick up a Georgetown Penang Map, an essential tool to help you find your way around the rest of the city. With map in hand, you’re all set to see the various Georgetown attractions that are a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. -
A walk or a trishaw ride through the streets of Georgetown is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Be prepared for a little fun and perspiration as you leisurely explore Armenian Street, most notable for its quirky and funny 3D Murals and street art by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic. The project began as an effort to spawn awareness of the city’s rich history and his impressive artwork became the much-talked about object of attraction among the locals. It’s now also a huge success with visitors as Penang grows as a thriving tourist destination.
Initially built in the late 18th century by the British East India Company to protect Penang from invaders, Fort Cornwallis is an important part of Penang’s history and culture featuring an impressive steel lighthouse, a 10-foot surrounding wall and old cannons. Today its architecture has become a highlight of any Penang heritage tour.
The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze house)
Built by Cheong Fatt Tze for his 7th wife, this beautifully restored home serves to tell the rags to riches story of its founder. It was constructed with the principles of Chinese feng shui weaved into the layout of the home, including a collection of water in the centre of the mansion’s open courtyard (symbolic of wealth). Beautifully well preserved, the Blue Mansion is definitely worth a visit.
China House is arguably one of the most famous places to visit in Georgetown with an interesting concept that’s worth a special detour. Located in a compound of three heritage buildings, China House is a multi-concept venue spanning across 16,000 square feet. The site features fourteen unique spaces comprising shops, cafes and restaurants with art galleries and a space for live music performances, all connected by an outdoor courtyard. China House challenges the notion of a typical cafe, with its different concepts coexisting in harmony where you’ll find many photographic opportunities and experiences waiting for you to discover. One simply cannot leave without trying their cakes. There are so many scrumptious cakes to choose from, with the hot favourite being the Tiramisu and the Moroccan Orange Almond cake. China House is open daily from 9am until late so easy to squeeze into any itinerary.
Penang 3D Trick Art and Upside Down Museum
The Penang 3D Trick Art and Upside Down Museum in Georgetown are great places to spend a fun-filled afternoon. The ultimate place for wacky selfies, these museums contain carefully constructed optical illusions that let you pose in a range of exciting 3D environments. A must-visit if you’re on a family holiday in Penang.
These Georgetown points of interest are only the tip of the iceberg for what Penang has to offer when you explore this culturally diverse city, with a remarkable architectural heritage kept alive by its people. There are simply too many quaint antique shops and other great places to discover in your days or even weeks here, so get planning early to ensure you see all you can.
Don’t forget to use lots of sunscreen and wear proper walking shoes, sunglasses, a hat or an umbrella while exploring, to comfortably appreciate the old world charm and charisma of the town and its architectural legacy. For more places of interest in Georgetown, speak to our friendly team/ concierge for more insider tips on where to visit.