Culture & Heritage

Here are Penang’s must-try food, quirky cafes, popular attractions and exciting parks all in a convenient list format to keep handy while travelling.

Dataran Pemuda Merdeka, Seberang Perai or originally known as British Recreation Club (BRC) is close to the locals' heart. The place recorded various historical and nostalgic events. Here is where struggle for the independence started in Seberang Perai. Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah's father, late Dato Haji Ahmad Badawi among those who fought for the independence here.
Address: Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, 12300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Dato Koyah Shrine, or Keramat Dato Koyah, is a shrine to a Muslim saint along Transfer Road in George Town. He arrived in Penang from the Malabar coast in southern India (in present-day Karnataka and Kerala), where he was a mendicant, wandering from place to place, teaching, healing the sick, until one day, an incident happened that forced him to flee. Dato Koyah arrived in Penang some time in the early 19th century.
Address: Jalan Dato Kayoh, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple in Burmah Lane, Pulau Tikus, George Town, is the only Burmese Buddhist temple to be built in Penang. Originally known as the Nandy Molah Burmese Temple, the Dhammikarama Temple was built in 1803.
Address: 24, Lorong Burma, George Town, 10250, Penang, MALAYSIA
Up until 1909 the police doubled as George Town's firefighters.
Address: Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is located at Macalister Road, George Town. It is housed within the Penang Philomatic Union building. The Penang branch of the Philomatic Union was established through the efforts of Goh Say Eng, who also founded the Penang branch of Tung Meng Hooi. It was originally housed at the Li Teik Seah Building at 152 Carnarvon Street.
Address: 20, Lorong Susu, George Town, 10400, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Sun Yat Sen Museum is a privately managed museum at 120 Armenian Street, in George Town. It occupies the shophouse where Dr Sun Yat Sen had his base while in Penang. From the outside, the Sun Yat Sen Museum may appear stark when compared to the ornate architecture of the clan temples down the street.
Address: 120 Armenian Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Also known as "Chicken Alley". This lane was once used by poulterers.
Address: Lorong Che An (Near Lebuh Pantai), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA