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Georgetown, Penang Island


I took a 6-hour bus drive to Georgetown, from Kuala Lumpur passing through another great town, Ipoh. I came to meet an old friend in Butterworth (mainland), the town across Georgetown, only a 15-minute wandering by ferry boat. An alternative route was the amazing 8.4 miles Penang Bridge, Malaysia’s longest bridge.

Georgetown isn’t only a heritage site, but a UNESCO World Heritage City. It’s the Intramuros of Malaysia, but twice or thrice larger than Intramuros. Better yet imagine the size of Vigan City (the whole city, not the size of the Heritage Village), with everything looking rusty. Georgetown is composed of colonial British architectures built in the 1500s and a fusion of a beautiful combination of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures.

Walking on its skimpy streets surrounded by centuries-old houses and structures was a refreshing treat to my eyes. It’s indescribable feeling observing the old-oooold city operating like a modern metro with those amazing architectures of yesteryears transformed into offices, banks, schools, churches, museums, grocery stores, houses, hotels, hostels, bookshops, coffee shops and restaurants. There was no empty space only the rustic walls, which even painted with artistic graffiti. They have the colorful horse hackney, touristy-looking tricycle and modern public buses.

The Armenian Street is a haven for locals and tourists. It’s such a nostalgic peaceful street at day and a street food haven at night. It’s a meeting place for everyone to eat before heading to party all night!

Just outside Georgetown are shopping malls for the rich (judging by its ambiance, the shops and the crowd), high-rise luxurious residences, condominiums, apartments and beautiful landed houses, near the beach or on top of the hills overlooking the beach.  Most residents live in high-rise residences.

What truly inspired me was the old fishing village. It’s an old settlement area in Penang where stilt wooden houses were built on the sea. If it’s only in the Philippines, it could be considered a very unlikely place to live; it could be called a squatter. But in Georgetown, residents of the fishing village still were able to maintain its cleanliness, especially their wooden pathway, their wooden houses – it’s such a unique way of beautifying and preserving the place.

Georgetown is a timeless gem; it is really alluring and inviting.  Enjoy the photos!

966581_10200242670041692_1586372974_o The Penang Bridge connecting the mainland and the Penang Island

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914012_10200242672081743_2055009941_o 919429_10200242672401751_848246019_o 920573_10200242673601781_1727079531_omy favorite lodging house

966221_10200242672961765_81029235_o 919882_10200242673841787_224462731_o 919762_10200242674281798_816989468_o 919881_10200242675241822_2078099090_o 919282_10200242674841812_1627227205_o 967056_10200242675441827_1862777022_o 964786_10200242675521829_403168217_o 964907_10200242675921839_197633295_o 462604_10200242676561855_1887036926_o The fold fishing village

964752_10200242676361850_522004986_o 462629_10200242676801861_1298474265_o 920566_10200242677121869_1006152420_o 920381_10200242677161870_1944908110_o One of the first stilt houses at the fishing village

466370_10200242677561880_328045310_o the first Anglican Church in Southeast Asia

967218_10200242678161895_1423826320_o 462619_10200242678321899_1111524056_o 919720_10200242678561905_2094439495_o 922301_10200242678841912_1728612593_o 466315_10200242678921914_1092619377_o Authentic Chinese cuisine

919601_10200242679201921_2143912898_o Street food galore with locals (me in blue shirt)

966802_10200242680361950_2034675564_o 466576_10200242680761960_410769462_o 466392_10200242680801961_2130695007_o the world famous floating mosque

919676_10200242681681983_1421142345_o 919205_10200242682882013_188730731_o 919192_10200242682682008_128104334_o This is a shopping mall and residential units914117_10200242682922014_1458659963_o That’s me taking a walk after yummy lunch

919394_10200242683922039_1582982048_o A drive to the Penang Bridge

922499_10200242684042042_1514773667_o Penang at night, view from my friend’s place

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