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.

Located at Sunny Point Complex, Galeri Art Point showcases a wide selection of paintings by local and international artists; art prints and postcards; art books and art catalogues; framing for artworks and art prints and more.
Address: Lot 8-G-4 Sunny Point Complex, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Gelugor, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
Owned by Mr Koay Soo Kay, Galeri Seni Mutiara is all about encouraging, developing and fostering interests in art. Apart from exhibiting local and international art, the gallery organises art activities, exhibitions, talks and forums.
Address: 118, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sibling to the Galerie Huit Arles, the art gallery showcases both local and international artists in a laidback, casual setting. The site where the art gallery is located was once a domain of wealthy Chinese spice merchants. A visit to the art gallery is by appointment only.
Address: Muntri Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
If you have a lawn or a garden that needs some sprucing up, head over to Garden Ku for locally made and imported plants and ceramic vases. They also offer pottery classes led by experience Japanese ceramists.
Address: Lot 2652, Jalan Kebun Bunga (opposite Waterfall Hotel), George Town, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
While its royal English name sound very grand, it's also locally known as "Gedung Rumput" or Grass Godonm with bullock carts being parked along this wide street.
Address: Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Gehrig Art Gallery occupies one of the five restored shophouses managed by Coffee Atelier. Owner Stefan Gehrig has a fascination for Malaysian and Southeast Asian art, evident to the numerous local and international art exhibitions that are regularly held here.
Address: 47-55 Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
George Town Dispensary is housed in a landmark three-storey corner building at the junction of Beach Street and China Street. The side facing the junction has a classical pediment to mark the main entrance. On the Beach Street side is a five-foot way with the dispensary behind it. On this side of the building is the signage George Town Dispensary.
Address: Gat Lebuh China, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The George Town Walkabout Tour starts off from the Tourist Information Centre at The Whiteaways Arcade and takes you on a leisurely walk through the inner city. You will discover interesting facts about George Town's historical past from its diverse architecture, monuments and traditional trades. One of the main highlights of the tour is the walk along 'Street of Harmony' where you will find four of South East Asia's oldest houses of worship representing Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and Islam. The tour is open to local and foreign tourists and it is FREE of charge. The tour operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.30am, and registration starts from 10am on the day of tour itself, on a first-come first-served basis. Read more about the George Town Walkabout Tour
Address: Tourist Information Centre, No. 10 (Ground Floor), The Whiteaways Arcade, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The building was a clinic in 1930s, later a barbershop, and other uses. Restored in 2003 and now home to GTWHI, Penang's State Agency for Heritage.
Address: 116 & 118 Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ghee Hiang produces more than 10,000 pieces of its round green bean biscuits depending on the season. It is also one of the oldest bakeries around.
Address: 95, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Ghost Museum features the horror and myth of all evils and ghosts, especially of legend stories in Malaysia.
Address: 57, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Glass Museum produces art glass & make glass souvenirs including customisation of your own glass.
Address: 6, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
Built in 1728 through the joint efforts of the Chinese settlers (Hokkien & Cantonese Communities), the Goddess of Mercy temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Penang.
Address: 30 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street), George Town, 10200, Penang,MALAYSIA
The museum celebrates traditional childhood toys and games that were played by people in Penang when they were small. The museum provides an educational experience, and a glimpse into the past. The museum is housed in a double-storey restored shophouse which was GohKaki Cafe.
Address: 34, Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The traditional Indian goldsmith sat cross legged on a floor mat. Bent over a small bench to work their work demanded patience creativity and skill.
Address: Lebuh Queen, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Goldsmith Association or Penang Ta Kam Hong is the biggest Chinese goldsmith. It is located along Muntri street and it is the oldest goldsmith in Penang.
Address: 41, Lebuh Muntri, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Greenapple Academy is a ballet dance academy located in Air Itam.
Address: No. 1 Solok Scotland, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA.
The centre aims to promote the value and significance of our local tangible heritage, more so in a UNESCO World Heritage Site like George Town. It features a 16 x 18 foot model of George Town World Heritage Site, sponsored by Think City Sdn Bhd. The Interpretative Centre is contributed by Giat Suria Sdn Bhd to be used for 15 years.
Address: Armenian Street Heritage Hotel, Level 2, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA