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.

The P. Ramlee mural located at Batu Uban, Gelugor, Penang is part of The Silent Figures Project by Lebuh Acheh Interpretation Centre, Penang.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Gelugor, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
P.Ramlee's Birth House highlights his personal collections including his old violin, favourite shirts, old movie posters, typewriter and more.
Address: Lot 2180, Jalan P. Ramlee, George Town, 10460, Penang, MALAYSIA
Housed within the Kompleks Pustaka Warisan Seni, the P. Ramlee Gallery is built to remember the legacy of Malaysia's renowned director, actor and composer P. Ramlee. In the gallery, you'll find old memorabilias of various sorts from classic posters of the movies he acted to his favourite old flute.
Address: Lot 2180 Jalan P. Ramlee, George Town, 10460, Penang, MALAYSIA
Pak Tong kou (steamed rice flour cakes) and ham chim peng (deep fried pancakes) are two traditional Cantonese pastries.
Address: D2, People's Court, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
According to Chinese custom, miniature paper replicas of houses, servants and wordly possessions (cars, mobile phones, watches etc.) are burnt as offerings to the newly deceased to accompany them on their new life in the afterworld. Aside from paper houses, the shop also makes giant paper effigies of Chinese gods which are used to commemorate deities' birthdays and religious festivals.
Address: 198A, Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Leong How Keng's tiny bakery shop is famous for its coconut tarts. Only 300 tarts are made each day, so customers make a bee-line to the bakery bright and early each morning!
Address: C8 People's Court, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Situated on Lebuh Penang, the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum features two dimensional exhibits with themes of 'All About Penang Life' and 'Modern Classic' as well as art exhibits with three-dimensional sculptures. The newly opened museum has 35 artworks of optical illusion paintings and sculptures. To capture the best angle for a shot, check out there are guidance and assistance placed beside each artwork
Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Amazing World Studios is a smart partnership between Oxtra Capital Sdn. Bhd. and Warner Brothers. It features hands on exhibits and fun family activity. Possessing a camera is a prerequisite for visitors who wants to experience the unique side of Amazing World Studios. Featuring pop up art exhibitions, interactive computer generated animation and 3D settings, visitors will enjoy every moment spent there. It’s Facebook/ Instagram moment at every step.
Address: 4, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The museum, proudly a first-of-its-kind in this part of the world, showcases many of the active and pioneering icons in the comic/cartoon industry.
Address: Level 2, ICT Digital Mall, KOMTAR Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located at Lee Jetty, Penang Cycle Bay offers bicycle rentals daily. The rental begins from RM12 per bicycle on weekdays and RM15 per bicycle on weekends.
Address: Lee Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Forestry Museum or Muzium Perhutanan Pulau Pinang, is a museum that was set up to generate greater appreciation among the general public for the rainforest in Penang. Constructed in 1976 and first opened to the public in 1983, the museum covers a 700 sq meter site. It was constructed using various types of wood. The main exhibition hall is supported by the trunk of a single forest tree. Penang Forestry Museum has exhibits showcasing the different types of wood and wood products. There are eight dioramas showing the different types of forest including the mangrove swamp forest, swamp forest, coastal hill forest, lowland dipterocarp forest, hill dipterocarp forest, upper hill dipterocarp forest, montane oak forest and montane ericaceous forest. The museum is really geared towards educating children and school students. Due to its proximity with the Batu Ferringhi tourist belt, it receives a small stream of tourists.
Address: Museum Perhutanan Hutan Lipur Teluk Bahang Taman Rimba, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Fun-Filled Wax Museum has over fifty life-size wax models of celebrities, ranging from artistes to politicians to royalties. Among the wax characters on displays are Mr Bean, Hugh Jackman, Queen Elizabeth II, Jackie Chan, Teresa Tang, President Obama, Pablo Picasso and Steve Jobs.
Address: M Mall 020 Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town, 10150, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) was established in 1986 as a charitable NGO, dedicated to promoting Penang's cultural and built heritage. Its objectives are to promote the conservation of Penang's heritage, to facilitate cultural educational programmes, to organize public awareness programmes and to cooperate with other like-minded organizations in Malaysia and abroad.
Address: 26, Church Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ascend Penang Hill, 720-metre above sea level by means of funicular train. Enjoy the bird's eye view (usually clearer in the afternoon) of George Town and feel the cool and refreshing air at the summit. Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia'a largest Buddhist temple. Marvel at the 30-metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the 7-tier 'Thousand-Buddha Pagoda' and the 'Pond of Longevity'. Duration of tour: 3.5 hours
Address: Penang, MALAYSIA
Led by Peranakan food maestro Pearly Kee, learn to prepare Nyonya homecooking dishes such as Nyonya stir fried pork, nasi sambal fried rice, pineapple sweet curry and more.
Address: 85 Taman Berjaya, Pulau Tikus, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
Immerse yourself in the forgotten musical heritage of Penang with exhibits and interactive features, with a spotlight on the traditional music of Penang's diverse communities; the defining period of the 1930s to the 1970s; as well as musical icons that have shaped the music of Penang and Malaysia.
Address: L4-02, Level 4, ICT Digital Mall, KOMTAR, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
Penang Islamic Museum is known as the Syed Alatas Mansion. It displays the history of Islam in Malaysia through a number of 19th-century antiques.
Address: 128, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang State Art Gallery is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The non-circulating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from year 1965 to the present. The Penang State Art Gallery presents artworks revolving around ideas of identity, urbanization, globalisation and the environment, these works raise pertinent issues on urban living in the modern cityscape and prompt us to consider how the artists have translated their visions about these issues into works of art. Description by Penang State Art Gallery
Address: 57, Macalister Road, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang State Mosque was constructed in the 1970s with Western Modernist and Malay influences in its design. The mosque itself accommodates 5,000 worshippers.
Address: Jalan Air Itam, Ayer Itam, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
In 1962, action was taken by the State Government to secure a suitable place to house the state museum and art gallery. The acquisition of the present building, which once housed the Penang Free School (1821 – 1927) and then the Hutchings School (1928 – 1960) was inspired by the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia's Prime Minister) who wished to preserve this dignified old building where he and many leading citizens had been pupils. On 10 July 1963, the State Government formed the first Committee comprising officers and representatives of various interests under the chairmanship of the State Secretary, Encik Abu Hassan Abdullah, to discuss the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery. The outcome was the formation of a Working Committee under Miss Nicol-Smith, Senior Lecturer in English at Malayan Teachers’ college and who have had some experience as a Museum Curator before. After three meetings, this Working Committee presented on 29 Oct 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24 Feb 1964, the setting up of a Museum and Art Gallery proper. - Text from Penang State Museum official website
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Sun Yat Sen Museum is a historical museum that revolves Asian nationalist figure of the early 20th century, Dr Sun Yat Sen.
Address: 65, Jalan Macalister, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Supreme Court Building was built in 1809 and designed in the Palladian style.
Address: Farquhar street, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located on Jalan Green Hall, the Penang Time Tunnel features a fascinating layout that takes you back in time to significant periods of Penang history. Some of the highlighted eras include 'The Founding of Penang' (1786-1794), 'The Growing Multi-Racial Population' (1795-1825), 'The Recession and Turbulent Years After Independence' (1957-1969), 'Penang Towards A Brighter Future' (2013 and beyond) and more. Interestingly, this timeline is captured through the creative use of interactive murals. Thus, providing a fun-filled trip for all.
Address: No. 39, Jalan Green Hall, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Tourist Guides Association was founded on 27 September 1966 located at Cannon Street.
Address: 7, Canon Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Turf Club is a horse racing venue located at Batu Gantong.
Address: Jalan Batu Gantong, George Town, 10450, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang War Museum is a privately-run museum located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung. The war museum is a monument to the mistake made by the British in thinking that the enemy would attack from the sea, and thus they constructed the bunkers and enforcement with cannons aimed to the sea. As it turned out, the Japanese invaded by land, coming down the Peninsula, and rendering the preparation moot.
Address: Lot 1350, Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960, Penang, MALAYSIA
Founded in 1983, the Penang Watercolour Society is known for organising a series of art activities such as watercolour exhibition, seminar, demonstration, competition, art camp and more.
Address: 3.05 Menara Boustead, 39, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang: Present & Future depicts the time changed between the past and present.
Address: Jalan Magazine, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Pentique Gallery is a local antique shop specialising in traditional Nyonya apparels.
Address: 354, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
S.M. Badjenid & Son established in George Town in 1917 is the country's oldest manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of perfume compounds, essential oils, bakhoor and oudh. The shop also sells canvas and custom-made canvas products including tents and canopies. Now run by third generation family members, the shop is packed floor to ceiling with thousands of exotic halal perfumes and eau de toilettes (which do not contain any alcohol).
Address: S.M. Badjenid & Son, 184 - 186, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Experience the astonishing allure of gold at the PG Gold Museum. Public Gold is the first company in Malaysia to set up a gold museum for you to learn all about gold via exhibitions, demos and guided tours. Located in one of the heritage buildings in Penang, you'll find gold and silver collection from across the world that have been artistically crafted into myriads of designs.
Address: 95 Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is one of the most ornate private homes in George Town. Built by one of the most illustrious personality in 19th century Malaya, the house has a long and colorful history. After decades of neglect, the mansion was bought by a property developer who restored and turned it into a museum to showcase his collection of Peranakan antiques
Address: 29 Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is one of the most ornate private homes in George Town. Built by one of the most illustrious personality in 19th century Malaya, the house has a long and colorful history. After decades of neglect, the mansion was bought by a property developer who restored and turned it into a museum to showcase his collection of Peranakan antiques.
Address: 29, Church Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
"Please Care & Bathe Me" is one of the murals painted by ASA, Artists for Stray Animals, in George Town, Penang. It shows two little kitten has been abandoned.
Address: Gat Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Poe Choo Seah is an association for Straits-born Chinese, the Baba Nyonyas. It was built in 1902 with Straits Electric Style.
Address: 51 King Street, 10200 George Town, Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Prangin Canal was originally a river that flowed into the swampy coastline as it emptied into the sea located near where the Sia Boey market used to be.
Address: Jalan Lim Chwee Leongng, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Jothee is one of Penang's oldest printing presses established in 1935 by S. Letchumanasamy who arrived in Penang as a 10 year from India. Working at odd jobs from morning till night to support his family, the young man eventually saved enough money to open a printing press at the age of 19. It was the first presses in Penang to produce locally made diaries and handmade accounts ledgers; today it is run by the founder's son Shanmuganathan.
Address: Jothee Press, 4, Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Tua Pek Kong fancy car parade in the year of tiger is to wash away all the bad luck, and bring in wealth and health.
Address: Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
In the 1800’s, shops and godowns on Victoria Street were built at the Seafront.
Address: Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Discover Pulau Tikus for free with the recently launched shuttle service called 'Pulau Tikus Loop'. The shuttle bus offers free rides to areas such as Jalan Kelawei, Jalan Bagan Jermal, Jalan Burma and Jalan Pangkor. Catch these nearby attractions when you board the 'Pulau Tikus Loop' shuttle.
Address: Gurney Plaza, 170-06-01, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250, Penang, MALAYSIA