5 reasons to visit Georgetown, Penang

Penang is a modern city in Malaysia, but its capital Georgetown retains its heritage charm. Take a weekend off to explore the vibrant and nostalgic UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Penang Street Art

They are located at every corner of Penang and not hard to find. For starters, try searching on the map for a boy with his pet tyrannosaurus on Ah Quee Street, and the old wooden clog painter on Armenian Street. More art are also located on Chulia Street and Love Lane!

Navigate with Time Out Penang Street Art Map on your own!

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia built in 1786. Take a stroll around the structure and see cannons up close. Inside the grounds, there are more structures, prison cells and barracks. This tourist hotspot is also popular with the locals for wedding photo shoot!

More information on Fort Cornwallis website.

Old Protestant Cemetery

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Despite its extremely rich history, the Old Protestant Cemetery in Georgetown isn’t widely publicised as a tourist must-see. We see it as a blessing though! The cemetery is pretty much dilapidated and now listed as a Class 1 Heritage Site. “The cemetery is the final resting place of many of early Penang’s most influential residents, including its founder,” as shared on Wikipedia. Be one of the first and few to check in at this heritage gem.

Peranakan Mansion

The Peranakan Mansion is built at the end of the 19th century. Have a visit to experience living in the typical home of a rich Baba a century ago. There are over 1,000 pieces of antiques of the era on display, offering a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions.

For groups of five and more, complimentary tour can be conducted with prior arrangement. Photography and videography are not allowed unless with permission from The Pinang Peranakan Mansion.

Batu Ferringhi’s Night Market

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Perfect for evening night strolls and snapping up good local bargains, the Batu Ferringhi’s Night Market is our preferred night market over Little Penang Night Market. From high quality knock-off bags and watches, fake DVDs, to trinkets and toys for the kids, you’ll find there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to bargain hard 😉 Psst, there’s no food here so eat your full before coming to shop.

Anna lives to explore. She loves digging toes into warm sand, diving, hugging trees, eating with locals, yoga and meditation. She enjoys stuffing her face with good food and prancing through back alleys of urban spaces. Some say Anna lives carelessly, she says "live wild, live carefree."