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A Guide to Penang Chinatown

January 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Penang 槟城

Penang Chinatown, on the island of Penang in Malaysia, stretches from Weld Quay to the streets of Stewart, Campbell, and King. Here you’ll find plenty of wonderful architecture, including clan houses, shop houses, and temples, that were built by the Chinese settlers who came to the country as far back as the eighteenth century. Today, close to 90 per cent of the population is of Chinese origin.

If you are looking for delicious hawker foods then you’ll find a variety of rice and noodle dishes on the streets of Penang. The island is known for its unique Nonya cuisine. Popular dishes include laksa, curry mee,  lor mee, nasi kandar, hokkien mee and much more. Notable restaurants include Kedai Kopi Swee Kong, Air Itam Market, Ping Hooi Coffee Shop, and Hot Bowl Nonya Delights.

Penang Attractions
Attractions include the Hainanese Mariners Lodge, a rest house built for sailors visiting the port of Penang, and the old cemetery which clings to a hillside. Don’t miss the Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in Malaysia, and the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, established in 1821, and packed with fine art, relics of past times, and historical paintings which show Penang in early times. Fort Cornwallis, located in the Northeastern coast of the island, is the largest fort in Malaysia.

Another significant building in Chinatown is the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Cheong Fatt Tze was a powerful Nanyang industrialist who moved to Penang during the early 1890s. After becoming a First Class Mandarin in the Manchu Regime, he served as the Empress Dowager’s Economic Advisor as well as the Consul General in Singapore. The Mansion was built over 17 years by craftsmen from China and represents the finest Chinese architecture of the period.

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