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Penang ~ Old City

Sights & Visits Old City • Other Places • Shop & Dine  • Temples & Wats Penang Map

• City Hall Esplanade • Clock Tower • China Town • Penang Museum and Art Gallery •
• Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion • Tua Pek Kong Temple • St. George’s Church •
• The Esplanade • Fort Cornwallis • Kapitan Keling Mosque •

City Hall Esplanade
Once the seat of local government, it was built in the 1880’s. This stately colonial building is a fine example of British Palladian architecture featuring magnificent Corinthian columns and huge windows.
Location: Jalan Padang Kota

Clock Tower
Towering 60 feet high, local millionaire Cheah Chen Eok presented the clock tower to Penang in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

China Town
China Town is largely well preserved, that you will be intrigued by the many client houses, shop houses and temples used by the Chinese immigrant
settlers that came here in the 1800’s.  
Location: Weld Quay to Lebuh Stewart, Lebuh Muntri, 
Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh King.

Penang Museum and Art Gallery
Built in 1806, with a statue of Captain Francis Light in the front courtyard, the Museum houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts, and other historical relics. There are also Malay daggers (Kris), Chinese furniture, embroidery and paintings of old Penang. The art gallery on the first floor displays the works of local artists and is the venue for special exhibitions.
Opening hours : 9.00am to 5.00pm - Saturday to Thursday. Closed on Friday.
Location: Lebuh Farquhar

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
This mansion of a 19th century rags-to-riches Chinese Mandarin is an architectural statement of the eclecticism of the times and of Straits Settlements design and detailing. Carefully restored after a century of neglect, "La Maison Bleu" has been the location for several films. Home-stay are offered for short and long-term residential stays in 16 uniquely themed bedroom apartments. These vary in size from the Scholar's Suite to the Straits Suite and others of equally exotic disposition.
Fully conducted tours are available at 11.00 am or 3.00 pm Monday to Friday
and 11.00 am every Saturday and Sunday.
Location: Lebuh Letih.

Tua Pek Kong Temple
Former HQ of the Straits Chinese triad ‘Tua Pek Kong’,
Dr. Sun Tae Sen’s Temporary Base
Location: No 120, Lebuh.

St. George’s Church
Built by the East India Company with convict labor in 1818, it is one of the oldest landmarks in the city and the oldest Anglican Church in the country. The entrance features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.
Location: Junction of Jalan Masjid India and Lebuh Farquhar

The Esplanade

Situated here is the Cenotaph, a memorial to the victims of World War I
Location: Jalan Tun Syed Sheikh Barakbah.

Fort Cornwallis
A historical site, built by Captain Francis Light in 1786. Originally a wooden fortress, it was rebuilt later in stone by convict labor in 1804-5 as the first military and administrative base for the East India Company. It is a rectangular concrete structure with several canons protruding from its ramparts. The most famous canon is ‘Sri Rambai’, sited on the NW corner. The Dutch presented the Canon to the Sultan of Johor but it was given to Acheh Indonesia, and installed in Kuala Selangor in 1871. The British seized it and installed it in Fort Cornwallis where it remains to this day.
According to old wives’ tale, barren women who put flowers in its barrel can become fertile. Within the compound of the fort are a craft shop, a replica of a kampung house, an open air auditorium and a bunker. Inside are bunkers, cells and a charming chapel, the first to be built in Penang. There is also a gallery with old documents and photographs outlining the history of Penang.
Opening hours: 8.30am to 7.00pm. Admission:RM1.00 per person.
Location: Lebuh Light

Kapitan Keling Mosque
Named after the Indian Muslim merchant, the "Kapitan Keling" (headman) Caudeer Mohudeen who built it in the early 19th century. It features an ocher yellow facade and dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. Permission to enter must be obtained from mosque officials.
Location: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.





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