Georgetown, the hub of Penang is an island city with the second largest population in the country. The island is connected to the mainland via several large highway bridges. The city was a British colony established by the East India Trading Company and later become an official British territory. Georgetown has a highly unique culture due to its history and its ethnic makeup. The majority group in the city is Straights Chinese, a unique ethnic group in itself. After that the majority is Malay peoples, followed by Indians and Europeans from primarily Great Britain and Germany. Populations of traders and migrant workers from Myanmar, Thailand and various Arab states also had notable communities on the island. Having such a unique heritage, the city has an amazing blend of architecture, culture and cuisine. This uniqiue mix granted it UNESCO world heritage status.
These jetties house entire communities all build along boardwalks stretching out into the ocean. Along these boardwalks are houses, shops, cafes, bars and other services all built in tin and wooden shacks. These jetty communities are a unique experience worth visiting. Keep an eye out for mudskippers along the side of the boardwalk in the seaside mud and sand.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is one of the remaining mansions of Cheong Fatt Tze, a rich Chinese business tycoon and political advisor in the 19th and early 20th century. He amassed a fortune from nothing and became one of the richest men in the world, building mansions in several countries including this one in Georgetown. If you would like to see some stunning historic architecture unique to Georgetown, then the mansion is a must visit.
Built by the East India Trading Company in the late 1700s, the fort was named after General Cornwallis who fought in the American War of Independence at around the same time. The fort is in remarkable condition and can be walked and explored freely or seen via guided tour to explain its history.
Being majority Chinese, the city of Georgetown is filled with Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temples. The architecture on some of these buildings is simply spectacular, with carvings of immaculate detail.