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ABOUT PENANG / Travel Guide
||Penang is strategically located in the north-western part of peninsular
Malaysia. The state consist of Penang Island and a strip of land in
peninsula Malaysia, about 760 sq km
area size. The
mainland area is
known as Province Wellesley.
Both island and mainland are linked
by the famous
Penang Bridge, which
is about 13.5 Kilometers long, the
longest bridge in South-East Asia.
Penang island, known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', was founded by
Captain Francis Light of the British East
India Company in 1786 and developed as a trading port for tea, spices,
china and cloth in historical times.
Georgetown is the capital city of Penang and became a historical city when
designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008, in
recognition of the unique cultural cityscape with multi architectural
buildings representing cultural heritage of the Chinese, Indians, Arabs,
Malays, Achehnese, Siamese, Burmese and Europeans.
Penang is a relatively small island of land area about 285 sq km. There are ample
attractions with nice sandy beach resort hotels along the coast, lush greenery
in the parks and along the roads off the urban area, friendly people,
delicious international and local cuisines, historical heritage
buildings and laid-back nature. An ideal place for holiday and to discover a delightful array of new experiences, from the
tantalizing local desserts to the fantastic retail bargains within the
Penang people are multi racial and are so unique that they can get
along peacefully without racial conflicts. The main communities are
Malay, Chinese and Indian. Although Islam is the Malaysia's official
religion, each ethnic race have the freedom to observe their own culture
and religion in harmony. Malay is the national language. But the local
people can also speak good English or Mandarin, besides the local
Cantonese, Hokkien and Tamil dialects.
If you are in Penang for only a short visit, you can consider taking
a 1-day tour round the relatively small island for amazing discoveries.
The climate is mildly hot with seasonal rainfall and ample
sunshine, considerably the right place to get away from the cold
winters for a sunny holiday vacation in Penang.