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Street Art, in Georgetown
Penang is one of those places that gives you such a rich and authentic cultural diversity experience. From the street art to the street food, the religious buildings, bars and clubs; Penang has a bit of everything for everyone. Penang food is a mix of traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Please refer to my previous blog that talks about accommodation in Penang.
Penang’s liveliest district is in Georgetown, which is where we stayed. This wonderful city has been honoured as a protected UNESCO world heritage site. Everything is within walking distance, except for Penang Hill, which was under renovation the days we were there and you are able to see the whole of Georgetown from the top of the hill. We did miss a few attractions, but this was still our favourite part of our Malaysia trip.
Street Food in Penang: A Foodie’s dream come to life.
Transfer road is where you can get the best Malay breakfast; Roti Canai and the best cold Milo(chocolate and malt powder) and Ice tea, I have ever tasted. This was the highlight of our trip because we really struggled to enjoy the street food in Kuala. Transfer road is a must when you get to Penang, an ABSOLUTE MUST. The breakfast was so delicious that we had to have it both days, we were there. I hope to try something as tasty as that again. I can now understand why they refer to Penang as the food capital of Malaysia.
Religious Buildings: Places of Worship
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the city. It has been a significant landmark for the Muslim population in Georgetown for the last 200 years. I recommend going to this area in the evening because the Mosque is absolutely stunning after sunset. To have heard the adhan (call to prayer) every day was such a blessing. The unity amongst the various religions in Penang was also quite refreshing. They had Mosques and various temples alongside each other and the locals, though having different beliefs respected one and another. If the world operated like this there would be peace, everywhere.
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Restaurant Liyaqat Ali is right beside Kapitan Keling Mosque.
Restaurant Liyaqat Ali (halal)
I took this picture of a temple while taking an evening stroll, but I don’t know the name.
Masjid Pintal Tali
名英祠 Meng Eng Soo Temple
The two religious buildings above were side by side and I thought it was beautiful to have witnessed. Masjid Pintal Tali and 名英祠 Meng Eng Soo Temple.
Adhan-Call to prayer, at a Mosque in Georgetown, Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion or the blue mansion is one of the reason’s Georgetown was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It showcases the irreplaceable skills of the Chinese architects. The day we went to visit the mansion it had already closed and unfortunately, we had to head back to Kuala the next day, so we did not get the opportunity to participate in the daily tours.
Tours are available DAILY at
11:00am, 2:00pm and 3.30pm
Duration: 45 minutes.
English tour- 11:00 a.m. & 2:00p.m.
Mandarin tour- 12:30p.m. & 3:30p.m.
This is the only picture I got to take because it was closed. So sad, but next time!
I got henna done for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. I got it done at Legacy spa, which a woman on the street recommended to us. We got a foot reflexology massage and it was just what we needed because we did a lot of walking that day. The ladies were super friendly and the aura was quite calming. The total for two of us was 80.00 Malaysian Ringgit (Malaysian currency), so around 26 dollars Canadian. Super cheap, right?
Georgetown, Penang has some of the world’s best street art. We were eager to see some, so the guesthouse handed us a map(seen below) which had the street art marked and off we went. Below were our findings, unfortunately, we did not get to see all. There are guided tours available to show you the street art, but I would recommend doing what we did, because we were able to discover a lot of Penang, along with the street art. It is so rewarding when you’re in a new place to be able to locate things yourself; It makes the journey more intimate and exciting.
I kept the map as a souvenir.
Old Motorcycle (this would be F on the map)
This one is not on the map, but it is close to the Old Motorcycle one.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”-Pablo Picasso
Restaurants in Georgetown
China House is a high-end restaurant in Georgetown. They have an art gallery upstairs and apart from the delicious cuisine, the art gallery should be a sufficient enough reason to visit. After the waiter took our order we went upstairs to check out the art gallery.
What comes after the main course? Dessert. You got it! They had a wide selection of desserts.
Malls in Georgetown
Prangin Mall was walking distance from our guesthouse. They have a food court, which had yummy food. The mall had two currency exchange booths, clothing and shoe stores.
Penang, Georgetown was a phenomenal and an unforgettable experience. If you ever get a chance to visit Malaysia please make a stop in Penang, Georgetown.