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.

These shops stock a range of high quality textiles imported from Japan and Korea as well as imported sarongs from India and Indonesia, and locally-produced batik sarongs. Some retailers have diversified and also sell religious paraphernalia for Hajj pilgrims such as special luggage labels, bags, outfits and prayer mats.
Address: Fazal Mohammed Bros., 111, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
This art installation was created to discourage people from disposing of unwanted pets, but instead, sterilize their pet to prevent unwanted litters. It was created by ASA (Artists for Stray Animals) for the 101 Lost Kittens project.
Address: Gat Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The floating mosque is built on the bay but is not actually floating. It is standing on pilings and stilts and also has a towering minaret which the height is equivalent to a seven storey-building.
Address: Jalan Tanjung Bunga, Tanjung Bunga, 11200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Traditional garland making is a skill that was brought to Penang by Indian immigrants as an intrinsic part of Hinduism, where garlands and fresh flowers are offered at temple shrines and households altars. Commonly used flowers include, jasmine, marigolds, dahlias and roses, chosen for their fragrance and colour and sourced from flower farms on Penang Hill and as far afield as the Cameron Highlands.
Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple), George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Folklore by the Sea is where live theatrical shows take place daily. Thoughtfully curated live dramas as well as interesting storytelling shows are performed to take the audience back in time to the old days of the dwellers’ simple lives at the jetties where the sea was their main source of sustenance.
Address: 59A, Chew Jetty, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Penang
The Foo Tye Sin Mansion is one of the first non-European mansions to be erected along Light Street. Until the time it was built, around the mid 19th Century, Light Street was the preserve of the European elite.
Address: 1, Light Street, 10200 George Town, Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Fort Cornwallis is named after the Governor-General in Bengal in the late 1700s, Charles Cornwallis. It is one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown. It is located close to the Esplanade, next to the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower.
Address: Padang Kota Lama, 10200 George Town, Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Protestant Cemetery, a resting place of Penang’s European pioneers, is a site of great significance within the world Heritage Site of George Town. Duration: 45 minutes
Address: Penang, MALAYSIA.
Freedom Leisure Cycle Supply provides bicycle rental services in Victoria Street, George Town. Part of its collection of bicycle rentals include Japan classic city bikes, folding bike, tandem bike, Japan postman bicycle, tricycle, children bike and family bicycle.
Address: 155, Victoria Street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
A specialist in stained glass and fused glass, owner Wong Keng Fuan runs the art gallery on Armenian Street. Today, his range of exhibited artworks include small bowls, standing sculptures and installations.
Address: 88, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA