Before talking about Top 10 things to do in Penang George Town, Malaysia
George Town is not only the biggest city in Penang but a UNESCO world cultural heritage city. George Town shows a good mixture of Chinese Malay, Indian, and Malay culture. Its street art, food, buildings, the way people dress… made George Town more interesting than any other cities in Malaysia.
It has too many things to offer and you might be puzzled what to do first! I know exactly how you feel! I will help your time in Penang easier and enjoyable! Here are top 10 things to do in Penang!
Top 10 things to do in Penang – Georgetown
1. Find different kinds of old buildings
As soon as you get to George Town (Penang), you will be impressed by seeing different styles of architecture such as colonial architecture, religious buildings, and old trade buildings.
I remember all those old beautiful buildings with a long history that captured my eyes, I spent the first couple of days just taking pictures of buildings on the street everywhere I went. All you need to do to find these buildings is walk around the city! Enjoy!
2.Interact with various Street Art
One of the most popular and typical things to do in Penang (Georgetown) is to enjoy the Street Art! There are beautiful mural paintings such as the little children on a bicycle, Kung Fu Girl, and funny wrought iron caricatures throughout George Town and some parts of Penang.
Why don’t you take selfies in front of your favorite mural paintings or funny wrought iron caricatures? Are you too embarrassed to take selfies? It’s okay. Then you can simply take pictures of street art to make your eyes happy! 😉
- Click here to see more photos of Penang Street Art and detailed information.
3. Check out Chinese temples
When you stroll around George Town, you can easily find Chinese temples built by early Chinese settlers of Hokkien, Cantonese, and Hainanese communities. It will be interesting to see the differences such as colors and decoration styles between Chinese Temples and Thai temples, even though they are rooted in the same religion, Buddism.
Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng)
Kuan Yin Teng is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang. There are pilgrims all year around. This temple gets busier, especially around Chinese New Year’s Day. The red lights are lit, people light joss sticks and candles and pray for their family’s health, and other personal wishes to achieve in the coming year.
Why don’t you make a wish by lighting the free joss sticks? Who knows? Maybe your wish can be granted! But be careful what you wish for! 😉
Thean Hou Temple (Penang Hainan Temple)
If you are sick and tired of busy temples, or if you want a little bit of peace and quiet, Thean Hou Temple will treat you nicely.
4. Visit Koo Kong Si
Koo Kong Si is another typical thing to do in Penang among visitors. It is a Clan house whose family name is Koo. Koo Kong Si is a place for people whose surname is Koo worship their ancestors. Also, you can see its interesting carvings and pretty lamp shades with colorful Chinese characters.
- Entrance fee: RM 10
- Opening hour: 9am – 5pm
- Address: 18, Cannon Square, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Location: To see the location on the map, click here.
5. Visit the Clan Jetties
Clan Jetties are wooden villages near the Penang Pier where Chinese immigrants in 19th century settled down. In other words, they are Chinese floating villages. There are six clans, but Chew Clan is the most famous and active clan. Each clan has its own temple to worship their own gods and goddesses.
- Address: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Location: To see on the map, click here.
- Best time to visit: I advise you to visit the Clan Jetties early in the morning (you can get away from all the crowds and watch the locals do their own morning rituals) or around sunset time (Clan Jetties are located near the sea. It’s nice to watch the sunset on the floating village).
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