If you only have a day to explore George Town, the George Town Walkabout
Tour is an affordable introductory tour of what this UNESCO World Heritage Site
has to offer. Introduced by Penang Global Tourism, the tour condenses the
city’s two-centuries history into an insightful 1.5 hour tour.
The George Town Walkabout Tour begins from the Tourist Information Centre at The Whiteaways Arcade on Lebuh Pantai before making its way to Logan Heritage along the same road that once served as the workplace of lawyer James Richardson Logan in the 1860s. Follow the guide’s lead from Lebuh Pantai to Lebuh Light where you’ll spot the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower towering over you.
Then take a slow stroll and spot more historical sites like Fort Cornwallis, Esplanade, Town Hall and City Hall, each filled with history and stories of their own - for instance, did you know that Town Hall was featured in one of the courtroom scenes of the 1999 movie ‘Anna and the King’?
After venturing into British’s colonial past, the tour makes a turn into
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, the start of George Town’s Street of Harmony where
different places of worship exists almost side by side harmoniously. The first
to welcome you at Street of Harmony is St. George’s Church, Malaysia’s oldest
Anglican church that also houses the Francis Light Memorial. Then, continue to
spot other places of worship like Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman
Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.
Saving the best for last, the tour group will then proceed to Lebuh Armenian comprising of traditional shophouses and some shopping. At the start of Lebuh Armenian, take a whiff of the spicy mee goreng from a popular corner stall or sip a refreshing coconut drink. Then peek into one of the few souvenir shops filled with postcards, note books, Penang memorabilia and t-shirts. If you have a bit of time after the tour, there’s also a Batik Painting Museum and the famous ‘two kids on a bicycle’ mural to discover. The tour wraps up with two other murals on Gat Lebuh Armenian painted by Artists for Stray Animals (ASA) before making its way back to Tourist Information Centre at The Whiteaways Arcade.
'George Town Walkabout Tour' is open to local and foreign tourists who wish to explore George Town. This specially-designed tour which is conducted in English, takes 1.5 hours and is FREE of charge. The tour operates every Tues, Thurs and Sat at 10.30am for registered participants. Contact Tourist Information Centre at 04-263 1166 for more details or see our tour listing. Please note that registrations are taken on the morning of tour day itself. Those interested are required to register at the Tourist Information Centre by 10.00am on their preferred tour day. Registration is taken on a first-come first-served basis, limited to a maximum of 20 persons each day. The limitation is to ensure a pleasant tour experience.
*Not applicable to walk-in groups of 10 people and above