One of the most interesting and colorful cities in Malaysia- George Town is the haven of long and illustrious history and serves to be the magnificent metropolis of Penang, that is frequently travelled by all those visitors who take cheap flights to Penang. Walking down through its magical maze of streets, it feels as if you are walking through the amazing history. The place was named after the King George III, and now it has well-preserved cultural and historical heritage.
Due to its antiquated and significant importance, the place was declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. There is plenty to see in George Town and the list is very long, but some of the most stunning and recommended sites are discussed as below.
As soon as you step in to this land you get into the world of history, nature and traditions, that are weaved into a rich cultural tapestry. With the best tastes, smells, sounds and attractions, it wouldn’t be too much to say that Georgetown is easily Penang in a nutshell. It has a multitude of attractions to appease the curious visitor- from nature parks to heritage buildings. The most alluring and appealing site of the area is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, that is basically a boutique hotel building and is known to be the best fascinating site of the city. it is an ornate edifice that was constructed in the traditional Hakka Teochew style.
The indigo-blue mansion blends elements of western and eastern styles and stands distinguished from any other architecture of this town. It is an excellent representation of marvelous architecture that is highly praised by wealthy Straits Chinese of present era.
Another must-see attraction is Fort Cornwallis that is declared to be the largest standing fort of Malaysia. It is situated very adjacent to the Esplanade, towards the north-eastern shore of the city and is designed in the form of a stare. This citadel offers you the most surreal experience and it will take almost 10 minutes to stroll through the complete structure. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is another fascination of the area that is situated in Pitt Street and is known to be the first ever mosque built in the 19th century. It is crowned with Moghul-style copper domes and is structure surrounded by low walls- the monument is truly enchanting and mesmerizing. Don’t miss the chance to hit the spectacular site of Kek Lok Si temple that is known to be the biggest Buddhist temple of the country and is perched on hilltop at Air Itam.
The temple grounds comprise the hill entrance, drinks, food, souvenir stalls where as the complex is divided into three zones. The mid section includes the four heavenly king’s pavilion, the pagoda, gardens and small temples. Apart from these few, there are many other charming places in the area like Kuan Yin Temple, Penang Botanic Gardens, Penang Hill, Penang Islamic Museum, Penang Khoo Kongsi, Penang Peranakan Mansion, Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, Sri Mariamman Temple, St George’s Church, The Clan Jetties, The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and many others.