Discover Penang Island and experience the city pulse that combines vibrant life, rich culture and creative art. Abicycle ride or a stroll through the city streets and alleys of George Town is the best way to enjoy and explore the city. –
MAP OF ATTRACTIONS
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Walk into the compound of the Penang State Museum, and you will first be greeted by a regal bronze statue of Captain Francis Light, the founder of the Penang Straits Settlement, gazing down upon you. Once you set foot inside the museum building, you will see why the State Museum located along Jalan Farquhar in Georgetown is reputed to be one of the best state museums in the country. Divided into galleries dedicated to Penang's historical communities, as well as particular historical events that took place in Penang, the museum houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, historical documents, Chinese furniture, embroidery, costumes and other historical relics.
PENANG STREET ART
Making strolling through Georgetown's streets just a little bit more exciting, in 2012 Penang's municipal council hired London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic and charged him with breathing new life into some of the atmospheric Chinese shop-houses around the inner city. An effort to spawn awareness of the rich history of the streets, the project was a success with Zacharevic turning certain areas into thriving tourist destinations that also became the much-talked about object of attention among locals. His artwork is spread out across Penang's city centre, along roads like Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street and more.
NEW GURNEY DRIVE HAWKER CENTRE
Gaining popularity over the years, the New Gurney Drive Food Court has taken over the original Gurney Drive Food Court as the area's premier place for hawker food. Open from evening till late, this open-air food court plays host to a wide variety of hungry visitors on a daily basis. Populated by stalls selling all sorts of hawker delights, the food court is divided into two sections - a Halal section and a non-Halal section (the latter offering mainly Chinese cuisine). Best of all, the food available here are so cheap that you can afford to go to each stall and try everything that takes your fancy. Some of the delicacies offered include Penang curry mee, assam laksa (noodles in a fish-based sour broth), ais kacang (a shaved ice dessert), cendol (a coconut milk based shaved ice dessert), and rojak (a fruit and vegetable salad dish).
Komtar is one of the most prominent landmarks in Penang with a viewing deck on the 58th floor offering views of the island and across the straits to Penang's mainland. Located in central Georgetown, along the north-south Jalan Penang and east-west Jalan Magazine, the 65-storey cylindrical high-rise is the sixth-tallest building in Malaysia and Penang's tallest structure.
Adjacent to KOMTAR, Prangin Mall is Georgetown's largest shopping mall. Another bargain hunter's paradise, in similar vein to KOMTAR, it has quite a collection of local clothing boutiques. What's more, the five-storey complex also has as its anchor tenant, Singapore department store, Parkson, plus book store chain Popular. Food and drinks-wise, the mall does not disappoint with more than 25 restaurants, ranging from fast food chains like MacDonald's to local cafes selling Malay favorites like nasi lemak.
1ST AVENUE MALL
Set beside Prangin Mall and KOMTAR on Jalan Magazine, the seven-storey 1st Avenue Mall is one of the flashier additions to Penang's retail landscape. Opened in 2010, it is a bright and clean complex with a range of high-end international marques such as Coach and Victoria's Secret, as well as affordable mid-range labels like H&M, Cotton On and Sketchers. Its shopping venues are not the only reason to visit – there is also a bowling alley, movie theatre, karaoke lounge, snooker centre and internet cafe – plus, food-wise, visitors have a choice of over 20 restaurants and cafes.