George Town, Malaysia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
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George Town is Penang's capital city. It was founded by Sir Francis Light on 11 August 1786 and named after British King George III. Chinese, Malaysian and Indian people, practicing Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, form a mix of cultures now. George Town is characterized by Chinese influenced British colonial 18th century architecture. It is made up of the inner city and the metropolitan area, George Town Conurbation. The inner city features in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list from 2008, owing to its historical and cultural heritage. Of the total 2.5 million population, about 550,000 inhabitants reside there. The inner city's rich cultural history is captured in Lebuh Acheh Malay Mosque, Goddess of Mercy Temple, St. George Church, Sri Mariamman Temple, the museum and court buildings and Chinese shop-houses among others. Visit these sites with day trip by foot, trishaw or taxi, or rent a motorbike or scooter.
George Town has other attractions in the form of shopping and food from street vendors as also malls and bakeries. Small shops in Little India and Little Penang market offer unlimited options for trinkets, sarees, silverware, Chinese medicines, local arts and crafts, clogs and more. Distinct multicultural cuisines offer an attractive array of food choices. Exotic seafood and fruits are a big draw with open air hawkers providing quality and quantity. Spicy Indian food like roti canai and thosai are available too.
You can reach Penang by air or bus, and travel the last mile to George Town on a car ferry. There are accommodation options to suit all pockets like lodges, guest houses, motels and hotels. Consistent temperatures, with a high of 31 and low of 24 degrees Celsius, make George Town a year-round travel destination. A relaxed pace, heritage sites, amazing food and shopping ensures that George Town is in the bucket list of inveterate travelers.