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This is an is­land with a long and vi­brant his­tory. The com­bi­na­tion of colo­nial­ism, be­ing a port fa­cil­i­tat­ing the spice trade, and the many cul­tures and re­li­gions com­ing to­gether to create unique be­liefs and ar­chi­tec­ture makes for a very in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit time­out­penang.com.

Arts (per­form­ing)

Ge­orge Town

The Tem­ple of Fine Arts

1 Babing­ton Av­enue, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 8575/www.tfa.org.my). This in­ter­na­tional non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with branches in Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, In­dia and Aus­tralia strives to spread aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of In­dian art and cul­ture. En­joy lunch/din­ner and en­ter­tain­ment in one go: af­ter at­tend­ing a clas­si­cal In­dian dance per­for­mance, par­take of the pay-what-you-wish veg­e­tar­ian buffet served in the court­yard.

Meals served Tue-Sun, Lunch, 11.30am-2.30pm; Din­ner, 6-9.30pm.

Tan­jung Tokong

pe­nangpac

3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 1722/www.pe­nangpac.org). pe­nangpac opened its doors at 11am on the 11th of Novem­ber 2011 (11.11.11) – an aus­pi­cious date mark­ing the rise of Pe­nang’s first and only arts cen­tre. Founded by a group of art en­thu­si­asts who recog­nised Pe­nang’s artis­tic tal­ent but lack of in­fra­struc­ture, pe­nangpac keeps its cal­en­dar full with per­for­mances by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists.

Box of­fice: Daily, 10am-6.30pm.

Arts (vis­ual)

Batu Fer­ing­ghi

Ya­hong Art Gallery

58-D Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1251/www. ya­hon­gart.com).

Lo­cated in scenic Batu Fer­ringhi, Ya­hong Art Gallery fea­tures the orig­i­nal works of no­table Malaysian batik artist the late Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng as well as wa­ter­colours, Chi­nese ink scrolls and oil paint­ings by other Asian artists. The down­stairs houses unique an­tiques and col­lectibles in­clud­ing an an­cient Malaysian horn, a Sarawakian tribe chief’s staff and an ex­quis­ite Chi­nese cloi­sonné. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm.

Bayan Lepas

Pe­nang Artists Cor­ner

70-1-145B, D’Pi­azza Mall, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas (+604 641 3882/+6011 1062 1882/www. face­book.com/artistscorner.pe­nang). This art gallery at D’Pi­azza Mall aims to es­tab­lish it­self as a cen­tral hub for paint­ings and art works by lo­cal tal­ent. Im­merse your­self in the imag­i­na­tion of the fea­tured artists, most of whom are Chi­nese.

Tue-Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 2.30-6pm.

Ge­orge Town

a2 Gallery

27 Lorong Bangkok, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 4985/www.a2art­gallery. com). a2 Gallery, the brain­child of two artists by the names of Al­fred and Jeff, op­er­ates within a pri­mary niche for con­tem­po­rary art pieces. Feel free to lounge in one of the gallery’s Gar­den Rooms, which were fash­ioned for visi­tors to sit back and re­lax. Take in the breath­tak­ing view of Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram’s golden dome from up­stairs.

Daily, 10am-6pm.

Alyssa Ga­leri

96-98 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+6016 485 8352/www.alyssaga­leri. com).

Pre­vi­ously lo­cated on Jalan Pe­nang, Alyssa has shifted to a new home on Le­buh Ar­me­nian, but con­tin­ues to show­case im­pres­sive wa­ter­colour, oil and acrylic paint­ings. The gallery’s pro­pri­etors also rent out stu­dio space to pho­tog­ra­phers and pro­vide a plat­form for them to dis­play their works.

Daily, 9am-8pm. Art Bug

74 Jalan Siam, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 0504/www.art­bug.biz). Co-founded by Khoo & Ching, Art Bug has evolved from the pic­ture fram­ing busi­ness to an art stu­dio where a group of young artists de­signs and pro­duces their own prod­ucts. From ce­ramic ket­tles to en­graved stones, these hand­made items tend to in­cor­po­rate Zen and Asian-in­spired el­e­ments.

Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm.

Chi­naHouse

153 & 155 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 7299/www. straitscol­lec­tion.com.my/Chi­naHouse. htm).

Ev­ery­body’s buzzing about Chi­naHouse, which isn’t sur­pris­ing, judg­ing by its im­pres­sive con­cept. The am­bi­tious in­sti­tu­tion houses a wine bar, sev­eral restau­rants, a cen­tral court­yard, a book­shop and a bak­ery. The own­ers also founded an art gallery (Art Space

I), a pho­tog­ra­phy space (Art Space II), a bed­room and stu­dio for artists (Artist’s Dorm), an apart­ment for gallery own­ers and per­form­ers (The Loft), and a mul­ti­pur­pose per­for­mance space for the­atri­cal per­for­mances, film screen­ings, com­edy shows, art work­shops and live mu­sic (Up­stairs at Vic­to­ria).

Daily, 10am-11pm.

Ernest Zachare­vic x E&O Gallery Eastern & Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Vic­tory An­nexe, 10 Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+6019 451 4149/www. face­book.com/ErnestZachare­vicxEnO). This art gallery in­side the fancy Eastern & Ori­en­tal Ho­tel is a joint ef­fort with the iconic Lithua­nian street artist Ernest Zachare­vic. You’ve seen his famed street art; now check out his framed works. Un­til you’ve stopped by to ap­pre­ci­ate the artist’s lesser-

known paint­ings, you can’t say you’ve seen his com­plete oeu­vre.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm.

Fuan Wong the Gallery

13 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9463/www.fuan­wong.com). Spe­cial­is­ing in stained and fused glass­works, self-taught artist Wong Keng Fuan runs this unas­sum­ing gallery. His col­lec­tion of stained glass has been de­scribed as ‘mech­a­nis­tic and in­tel­lec­tual’ while his fused glass is tamer and emo­tive. Prior to Wong’s in­volve­ment with glass, the mul­ti­tal­ented artist tried his hand at wa­ter­colours, mo­saics and land­scape de­sign.

Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm.

Ga­leri Seni Mu­tiara

118 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0167/www. ga­lerisen­imu­tiara.com).

Ga­leri Seni Mu­tiara aims to en­cour­age art lovers to em­brace lo­cally-pro­duced art and to broaden their col­lec­tions. Be­sides hold­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, the owner also or­gan­ises talks and fo­rums. The gallery places em­pha­sis upon con­tem­po­rary art from both the east and the west.

Daily, 11am-5pm.

Gehrig Art Gallery

Cof­fee Ate­lier, 47-55 Lorong Ste­wart, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 2261/www. cof­feeate­lier.com).

Lo­cated in one of the five in­ter­linked Chi­nese Straits shop­houses at Cof­fee Ate­lier, this gallery was founded by Mr Ste­fan Gehrig to show­case his col­lec­tion of art­works by Malaysian and South­east Asian artists.

Daily, 2-6pm.

Hin Bus De­pot Art Cen­tre

31A Jalan Gur­d­wara, Ge­orge Town (www.face­book.com/hin­bus­de­pot). Once an aban­doned bus de­pot, Hin has evolved into an un­likely art space, cour­tesy of Lithua­nian artist Ernest Zachare­vic’s first solo art show. Wall mu­rals from his ex­hi­bi­tion still re­main in­tact and today, Hin is adding artis­tic touches of its own, promis­ing more ex­hi­bi­tions from home-grown artists.

Mon-Fri, 12noon-8pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-9pm.

Jawi House Gallery

85 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+6019 474 5703/www.jaw­i­house. com).

Ex­plore this art gallery af­ter plac­ing your or­der at the restau­rant down­stairs. Jawi House Gallery mostly ex­hibits abo­rig­i­nal art pieces, but also car­ries a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion of draw­ings and paint­ings by lo­cal artists. Chef-pro­pri­etor Nurilka­rim Razha is some­thing of a lo­cal celebrity, renowned for his de­li­cious Malay cook­ing.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-9.30pm. Pe­nang State Mu­seum & Art Gallery

Far­quhar Street, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1461/www.penang­mu­seum.gov. my).

The Pe­nang State Art Gallery com­prises two sec­tions: The first is lo­cated on the ground floor, and func­tions as an ex­hi­bi­tion space for new or ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions; the se­cond gallery on the third floor houses a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion made up of do­nated or ac­quired paint­ings.

Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion, RM1.

Stu­dio Howard

154 Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1917/www. stu­dio­howard.com).

Founded by Howard Tan, a self­taught, ab­stract pho­tog­ra­pher with a good eye for de­tail, Stu­dio Howard dis­plays a cor­nu­copia of ‘Pe­nangesque’ sub­jects, from his­tor­i­cal her­itage build­ings to play­ful stray cats and dogs. He names Wong Kar Wai and Tim Bur­ton as his in­spi­ra­tions.

Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm.

Gur­ney Drive

G Art Gallery

Level 1, G Ho­tel Gur­ney (link bridge), 168A Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 238 0000/www.gho­tel.com.my). Span­ning the length of G Ho­tel’s in­door link bridge, this art gallery has hosted nu­mer­ous solo ex­hi­bi­tions, but re­mains very much un­der the radar.

Daily, 24 hours.

Pu­lau Tikus

Run Amok Gallery

Hin Bus De­pot, 54-A Jalan Timah, Ge­orge Town (+6010 461 7311/ www.runamok.my).

Run Amok is a manic ar­range­ment of art­works that of­ten ad­dresses po­lit­i­cal top­ics. Sit­u­ated just off Lorong Hut­ton, the hum­ble and homey gallery takes up two floors. If you’re look­ing for a spa­cious venue to exhibit your art­work, don’t hes­i­tate to speak to the pro­pri­etors, Fan Chon and Trevor Hamp­son.

Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm.

Tan­jung Tokong

Cherry Art Stu­dio

Block C-2-6, Van­tage, Jalan De­siran Tan­jung, Tan­jung Tokong (+6012 515 5689/www.cher­ryart­stu­dios.com).

Hands up, who likes origami? Cherry Art Stu­dio in­ge­niously turns the Ja­panese art form into wear­able jew­ellery. A best-seller would be the dan­gly ear­rings made of minia­ture pa­per cranes. But origami isn’t the stu­dio’s only forte; join one of their many work­shops to learn how to make sock dolls, chir­i­men

(a tra­di­tional Ja­panese weav­ing tech­nique) wall dé­cor and more.

Tue-Sun, 12noon-5.30pm. Teluk Ba­hang

NEW Art and Gar­den

Jalan Teluk Ba­hang (+6013

533 1232/www.face­book.com/ Ar­tandGar­den­byFuanWong).

While most gal­leries are con­tent to exhibit paint­ings and sculp­tures, the ap­plied arts are of­ten over­looked. Glass artist Fuan Wong took mat­ters into his own hands by set­ting up his own ex­hi­bi­tion space in the most un­ex­pected of places: his fam­ily’s durian or­chard. Be sure to visit this won­der­land where whim­si­cal glass­works and na­ture co­ex­ist to won­drous effect.

Daily, 9.30am-6.30pm.

Mu­se­ums

Air Itam

The Owl Mu­seum

Level B3, As­taka MPPP, Bukit Ben­dera, Jalan Sum­mit, Air Itam (+604 826 5704/www.face­book.com/ owl­mu­seum).

Perched atop Pe­nang Hill at a breath­tak­ing height of 800 me­tres, this kooky mu­seum houses a size­able col­lec­tion of owl arte­facts, sculp­tures and paint­ings cour­tesy of artists from across Asia.

Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM10; Se­nior cit­i­zens, RM5; Chil­dren be­low 12 years, free.

Batu Maung

Pe­nang War Mu­seum and World War II Relics

Mukim 12, Daerah Daya, Batu Maung (+604 626 5142/+6016 421 3606). Dif­fi­cult to reach and a pur­veyor of de­cid­edly prob­lem­atic his­tory, the Pe­nang War Mu­seum is only worth a visit to ex­plore the net­work of un­der­ground tun­nels and, above ground, the bunkers and fir­ing bays. The gun em­place­ment was built by the Bri­tish in the 1930s and aban­doned as Ja­pan in­vaded Malaya in 1941. Most of the place is still in­tact and we can thank the owner for try­ing to pro­tect this im­por­tant site. That said, it has been con­verted into what could only iron­i­cally be termed a mu­seum, com­plete with a paint­ball range and a fright­ful ghost tour at night. It was even fea­tured on Na­tional Ge­o­graphic’s ‘I Wouldn’t Go In There’ se­ries, which seeks out the true sto­ries be­hind places in Asia that are tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered haunted.

Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM35, Chil­dren, RM17; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM20, Chil­dren RM10.

Ge­orge Town

Asia Cam­era Mu­seum

71 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+6012 474 0123/www. asi­a­cam­er­a­mu­seum.com). Smart­phones and DSLRs may have taken over mod­ern pho­tog­ra­phy, but the own­ers of Asia Cam­era Mu­seum pre­fer to stay old school. Pre­vi­ously

lo­cated on Jalan Burma and hav­ing just shifted to Le­buh Ar­me­nian in May 2016, this mu­seum boasts a col­lec­tion of

1,000 vin­tage cam­eras

(think vin­tage lo­mog­ra­phy cam­eras and an eight-decade­old movie pro­jec­tor) and pho­tog­ra­phy ac­ces­sories. Cam­era-lovers can also sign up for the mu­seum’s Photo School, which pro­vides lessons on tech­niques, aes­thet­ics and con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion skills for ana­logue and dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy.

Daily, 11am-6pm. Adults, RM20; Stu­dents, RM10. Batik Paint­ing Mu­seum

19 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 4800/ www.batikpg.com).

If you’re cu­ri­ous about the his­tory of batik paint­ing in Malaysia, you should def­i­nitely head over to this mu­seum, lo­cated in an old shop­house in Ge­orge Town’s her­itage dis­trict. You’ll find fine ex­am­ples of the craft’s evo­lu­tion since the 1950s, in­clud­ing work by ac­claimed batik artist Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng.

Daily, 10am-6pm. Adults, RM10; Stu­dents, RM5.

The Cam­era Mu­seum

49 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge

Town (+604 261 3649/www. the­cam­er­a­mu­se­umpenang.com).

This her­itage shop­house has been re­fur­bished and con­verted into a cam­era mu­seum, much to the delight of avid pho­tog­ra­phers and col­lec­tors. Ro­tat­ing pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tions are held in the gallery on the ground floor while a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion fills the up­per floor. Also fit­ted within the space are SnapShop (a store sell­ing vin­tage cam­eras, lenses and ac­ces­sories) and Dou­ble Ex­po­sure Café. The iconic spi­ral stair­case doesn’t ac­tu­ally lead any­where, but it has none­the­less be­come a sur­pris­ing hit among visi­tors look­ing for a good photo op.

Daily, 9.30am-6.30pm. Adults, RM20; Se­nior cit­i­zens/Stu­dents (with ID), RM10; Chil­dren (3-12 years old), RM5; Chil­dren (be­low 3 years old), free.

The House of Yeap Chor Ee

4 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0190/www.hous­e­yce.com).

This his­toric home con­tains a wealth of an­tiques from the 19th cen­tury, Straits Chi­nese fur­ni­ture and old por­traits be­long­ing to one of Pe­nang’s wealth­i­est traders, Yeap Chor Ee. Nes­tled on Jalan Pe­nang, the re­fur­bished four-storey shop­house is open to the pub­lic. Tourists and cu­ri­ous Pe­nan­gites alike of­ten drop in to look around.

Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm. Ad­mis­sion, RM12 in­clu­sive of au­dio guide.

iBox Mu­seum of Glass

6 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9881/www.ibox­glass.com). Cer­ti­fied as the first glass mu­seum in Malaysia, iBox opened its doors to the pub­lic in 2002 and was pre­vi­ously lo­cated in Tan­jung Tokong. Visit to view a beau­ti­ful range of glass art­works from fused and sand­blasted glasses to stained glass over­lays. iBox is also home to the ‘Long­est Batik Mo­tive Glass Paint­ing’, as cred­ited by the Malaysian Book of Records. For a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, sign up for a glass paint­ing work­shop.

Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm; Sat, 9.30am5pm. Adults, RM15; Chil­dren (3-12 years old), RM7.

Made in Pe­nang In­ter­ac­tive Mu­seum

3 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 6119/www.face­book.com/ MadeInPe­nang).

The 34 three-di­men­sional im­pres­sions at this mu­seum pro­vide a breath of fresh air to Malaysia’s city of street art. More than a form of amuse­ment de­signed to trick the minds of adults and kids alike, most of the mu­rals carry his­tor­i­cal weight by ad­dress­ing Pe­nang cul­ture and his­tory. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am8pm. Adults, RM15, Chil­dren (aged 17 and be­low or col­lege stu­dents with ID), RM10.

One East Mu­seum & Gallery

7 Jalan Dun­lop, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 2390/www.face­book.com/ oneeast­mu­seum).

Cur­rently un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions, One East Mu­seum & Gallery will re­open its doors at the end of 2016. Founder Ch’ng Huck Theng, who has been col­lect­ing arte­facts from the Chi­nese Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion for close to 30 years, opened the mu­seum in 2011 to show­case his col­lec­tion. Oc­cu­py­ing a bun­ga­low from the 1920s, the spa­cious mu­seum dis­plays Chi­nese porce­lain, paint­ings by renowned South­east Asian artists and an­tique fur­ni­ture from the olden days of Malaya.

Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Guided tours can be ar­ranged per re­quest.

P Ram­lee Mu­seum & Gallery

40A Jalan P Ram­lee, Ge­orge Town (+604 281 7484).

Cel­e­brat­ing the life and ca­reer of Malaysia’s leg­endary ac­tor, di­rec­tor and singer, the P Ram­lee Mu­seum doesn’t get more au­then­tic than this. Lo­cated at the late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr P Ram­lee’s birth­place in Pe­nang on a street that bears his name, this mu­seum houses a col­lec­tion of his per­sonal clothes, in­stru­ments, pho­tos and more.

Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm; Fri, 10am12noon & 3-5pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

Pe­nang State Mu­seum

Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1461/www.penang­mu­seum.gov. my).

Of­fi­cially opened by Raja Tun Sri Uda bin Muham­mad, the first Gov­er­nor of Pe­nang in the in­de­pen­dent fed­er­a­tion of Malaya, the Pe­nang State Mu­seum pays homage to the state’s his­tory and cul­ture with a med­ley of arte­facts in­clud­ing an­tique keris (indige­nous dag­ger), street scenes of old Pe­nang, pho­to­graphs of old elec­tric buses and tram cars, a fish-shaped kuih bahulu mould and more.

Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm. RM1.

Pi­nang Per­anakan Man­sion

29 Le­buh Gereja, Ge­orge

Town (+604 264 2929/www. pinang­per­anakan­man­sion.com.my). With so much to see at this stylish mu­seum, you’re guar­an­teed an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. Dis­cover a trea­sure trove of Per­anakan (Straits Chi­nese) arte­facts, each piece with its own fas­ci­nat­ing story to tell. If the prospect of navigating a lav­ish man­sion hous­ing 1,000 an­tiques strikes you as over­whelm­ing, fret not; there are cu­ra­tors who of­fer guided tours for groups of five peo­ple or more. You’re en­cour­aged to let them know ahead of time, so be sure to call ahead.

Daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Adults, RM21.20; Chil­dren (be­low 12 years), RM10.60.

Straits Chi­nese Jew­ellery Mu­seum

108 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng

Lock, Ge­orge Town (+604

264 2929/www.face­book.com/ Strait­sChi­ne­seJewelleryMu­seum). Now part of the Pi­nang Per­anakan Man­sion, this jew­ellery mu­seum ex­hibits wear­able art fash­ioned out of pre­cious metal and adorned with valu­able gems. Meld­ing Chi­nese, Malay and Indo-Euro­pean de­signs and mo­tifs, these pieces were once worn and loved by Pe­nang’s Per­anakan women. Pho­tog­ra­phy is dis­cour­aged, if not al­to­gether pro­hib­ited.

Daily, 9.30am-5pm. Adults, RM21.20; Chil­dren (be­low 12 years), RM10.60.

The Sun Yat Sen Mu­seum

120 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0123/sun­y­at­sen­penang. com).

Con­sid­ered by many to be the ‘Fa­ther of Mod­ern China’, Dr Sun Yat Sen es­tab­lished his po­lit­i­cal party’s South­east Asian base in this his­toric spot. It’s now a mu­seum and the head­quar­ters of Areca books, a pub­lish­ing house that pro­duces books on his­tory, cul­tural her­itage, and en­vi­ron­men­tal top­ics with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Malaysia and South­east Asia. Ask about the Pe­nang Sun Yat Sen Her­itage Trail, con­sist­ing of 18 his­tor­i­cal sites in Pe­nang that are as­so­ci­ated with Sun Yat Sen and his fol­low­ers.

Daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Adults, RM5; Stu­dents, RM3.

NEW Up­side Down Mu­seum

45 Le­buh Kim­berly, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 2660/www.face­book.com/ up­side­down­mu­seum).

This wonky mu­seum is amaz­ing fun, es­pe­cially when the whole fam­ily

or a large group of friends are in tow. Saunter through con­ven­tional back­drops de­pict­ing typ­i­cal-look­ing be­d­rooms, kitchens, din­ing halls and the like – stan­dard set­tings, ex­cept up­side down. The mar­vel of en­gi­neer­ing has al­lowed for light­weight fur­ni­ture and other house­hold items to be at­tached to the mu­seum’s ceil­ing. Smil­ing mu­seum as­sis­tants will gladly snap your group shot so no one gets left out. Ro­tate the pic­ture up­side down and the sub­jects will ap­pear to defy grav­ity. The over­all effect is highly con­vinc­ing and amus­ing, save for the fact that your hair and clothes don’t fall the way they should.

Mon-Fri, 8.45am-6.30pm; Sat-Sun, 8.45am-7.30pm. Adults, RM27, Chil­dren (5-12 years) & Stu­dents (with ID), RM16; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM16, Chil­dren, RM8, Stu­dents (with ID), RM11.

NEW Won­der­food Mu­seum Pe­nang

49 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9095/www.face­book.com/ Won­der­food­mu­seum).

One of the bet­ter themed mu­se­ums in Pe­nang, Won­der­food Mu­seum is truly Pe­nang in the sense that it’s all about food, food, food! Founders Mr and Mrs Lau have been sup­ply­ing restau­rants, ho­tels and food stalls with faux food since 2007, and deemed it a waste that some of their hand­i­works were swept un­der the car­pet without the chance to be ap­pre­ci­ated. This new mu­seum gives a chance for their cre­ations to be ex­hib­ited and ap­pre­ci­ated by the pub­lic. You’ll find minia­ture, reg­u­lar and mas­sive mod­els of food, but it’s the last of which that grabs the most at­ten­tion. How of­ten does one get to pick up a sa­tay skewer that’s as long as a javelin or pose next to a bowl of Pe­nang laksa as big as a hot tub?

Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM25, Chil­dren (3-12 years), Stu­dents (with ID) and Se­nior cit­i­zens (above 60 years), RM15; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM15, Chil­dren (3-12 years), Stu­dents (with ID) and Se­nior cit­i­zens (above 60 years), RM10.

Gel­u­gor

Tuanku Fauziah Mu­seum and Art Gallery

Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, Gel­u­gor (+604 653 3888/mgt­fusm­penang. blogspot.com).

Nes­tled within the ex­pan­sive cam­pus of Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, this mu­seum houses a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Malaysian mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, manuscripts, abo­rig­i­nal arte­facts and Per­anakan mem­o­ra­bilia. Ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions fea­ture in­trigu­ing con­tem­po­rary art and pho­to­graphs, and art work­shops are hosted here from time to time.

Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM4; Chil­dren (5-12 years), RM2; Se­nior cit­i­zens, free.

Sights

Air Itam

The Bat’s Cave Tem­ple of Tua Peh Kong

Jalan Pokok Ceri, Air Itam (www. batscav­etem­ple.com.my).

Rest­ing at the foot of Pe­nang Hill, this tran­quil holy tem­ple is home to thou­sands of bats in the day­time; come night­fall, they leave the premises to hunt for food. Be­sides bat sight­ings, visi­tors can get up close to the gran­ite statue of Tua Pek Kong, the God of Pros­per­ity. The per­fect time of the year to pay a visit is dur­ing the de­ity’s birth­day, which falls on the se­cond day of the se­cond month in the Chi­nese cal­en­dar.

Daily, 8am-8pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

Jade Em­peror’s Pav­il­ion

Jalan Air Itam, Air Itam.

A Taoist tem­ple lo­cated at the base of Pe­nang Hill, the Jade Em­peror’s Pav­il­ion is a house of wor­ship for the Jade Em­peror or Thni Kong (Heav­enly Grand­fa­ther). The stair­way to the en­trance of the tem­ple is worth the trek; you’ll be treated to the sight of three mag­nif­i­cent golden Bud­dha stat­ues.

Kek Lok Si Tem­ple

Air Itam (+604 828 3317/ kek­lok­sitem­ple.com).

Also re­ferred to as the Tem­ple of Supreme Bliss, this mas­sive tem­ple was founded in the 1890s by an im­mi­grant Chi­nese Bud­dhist. Perched on the hills of Air Itam, the tem­ple com­prises var­i­ous prayer halls, pago­das and bell tow­ers. When seen from afar, two mas­sive struc­tures dom­i­nate the view of the tem­ple: the seven-storey pagoda plus a mas­sive bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the God­dess of Mercy. Reach­ing the main build­ing re­quires a bit of up­hill walk­ing. Visi­tors will have to climb a long walk­way of stairs fringed by stalls sell­ing food and sou­venirs. There may be a lot of con­struc­tion go­ing on at the base of the com­plex, but ren­o­va­tion here is some­thing of a con­stant.

Daily, 8.30am-5.30pm.

Bayan Lepas

Pe­nang Snake Tem­ple

Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah, Sun­gai Klu­ang, near Bayan Lepas Air­port, Bayan Lepas.

The Pe­nang Snake tem­ple pays trib­ute to a Bud­dhist monk named Chor Soo Kong who, ac­cord­ing to le­gend, pro­vided shel­ter for snakes in the jun­gle. Wafts of burn­ing in­cense give this tem­ple a mys­te­ri­ous feel. Turn your at­ten­tion to the snakes ev­ery­where, el­e­gantly coiled on tree branches or around pil­lars. For a small fee, you can have your pic­ture taken with a (de­ven­omed) snake. Pro­ceeds will go to­wards main­tain­ing the tem­ple and feed­ing the snakes.

Daily, 8am-8pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

Bukit Mer­ta­jam

St Anne’s Church

Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+604 538 6405/www.face­book.com/ St.An­neChurchBM).

Founded in 1846, this church was named af­ter Saint Anne, mother of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary. The yearly cel­e­bra­tion of St Anne sees thou­sands of pil­grims con­gre­gat­ing at the church, mak­ing it the epi­cen­tre of pil­grim­age in the re­gion. An­other in­ter­est­ing sight is lo­cated within the church grounds; look for a mod­est shed with low white fenc­ing, which houses the Cherok Tokun Relics. This col­lec­tion of seven in­scrip­tions has been at­trib­uted to the King­dom of Kadaraam, a civil­i­sa­tion based in Lem­bah Bu­jang, close by mod­ern-day Kedah. Serv­ing as proof of early Hindu-Bud­dhist civil­i­sa­tion, the relics date back to the fifth cen­tury CE but there is still de­bate as to what lan­guage – San­skrit, Pali, Tamil or Brahmi – is in­scribed on it.

Butterworth

Tem­ple of the Nine Em­peror Gods

Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth. Of­fer­ing a scenic view of the sea, the Tem­ple of the Nine Em­peror Gods is touted as the largest tem­ple in Butterworth. It’s also the of­fi­cial venue for the Kew Ong Yeah fes­ti­val, tra­di­tion­ally held dur­ing the first nine days of the ninth lu­nar month. Dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties, the tem­ple is vis­ited by Hokkien clans who are known to create quite a joy­ous up­roar.

Gel­u­gor

Masjid Al-Ma­lik Khalid

Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, Jalan Sun­gai Dua, Gel­u­gor.

This Is­lamic sanc­tu­ary is set on the spa­cious grounds of Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM). Painted in cool­ing shades of turquoise and white, Masjid Al-Ma­lik Khalid can host more than 3,000 wor­ship­pers at a time.

Ge­orge Town Aceh Street Mosque Le­buh Acheh, Ge­orge Town. Also called the Acheen Street Mosque, Pe­nang’s old­est mosque was built in the early 1800s. This work of Moor­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, which sits in the cen­tre of the is­land’s first and still thriv­ing Arab set­tle­ment, is sit­u­ated in a spa­cious plot gifted by Tengku Sher­iff Syed Hus­sain Al-Ai­did, an Aceh-Ara­bian mer­chant of Acehnese roy­alty.

The Blue Man­sion

14 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0006/www.the­blue­man­sion.com. my).

You might recog­nise this grand man­sion from the 1992 French film ‘In­do­chine’. As strik­ing in re­al­ity as it is on the sil­ver screen, The Blue Man­sion was once in a sorry state. As the once il­lus­tri­ous fam­ily who owned it fell on hard times, the man­sion was used as a squat un­til a team of lo­cal ar­ti­sans re­stored the 19th cen­tury man­sion to its for­mer glory. Af­ter un­der­go­ing mul­ti­ple restora­tions, the man­sion opened its doors to the pub­lic in 1995 and today, stands as one of the city’s most no­table her­itage ho­tels. Join one of three daily guided tours to hear the story of Chong Fatt Tze, the man be­hind the man­sion.

Tours at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm daily. Adults, RM17; Chil­dren (12 years and be­low), RM8.50.

Cathe­dral of As­sump­tion

3 Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 0088).

When Ge­orge Town was des­ig­nated as a Unesco World Her­itage Site, the Cathe­dral of As­sump­tion was also granted the ti­tle of World Her­itage Church. Lo­cated on Church Street (nat­u­rally), this for­mer church at­tained the sta­tus of cathe­dral in the 1950s. The white, blocky build­ing dates cen­turies back to when Cap­tain Francis Light first alighted in Pe­nang.

Cheah Kongsi

8 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3837/www.face­book.com/ CheahKongsi).

Cheah Kongsi was formed in 1810 by the de­scen­dents of the Cheah clans­men who set­tled down in Pe­nang fol­low­ing a pe­riod of eco­nomic stag­na­tion in south­ern Fu­jian, China. De­spite hav­ing stood for over 200 years, the tem­ple’s clas­sic Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture is mostly still in­tact and well-pre­served by the ap­pointed trustees of the kongsi. Only the most ob­ser­vant visi­tors will spot the sur­pris­ing ad­di­tion of Bri­tish lion heads amid the heav­ily or­nate in­te­rior, a sym­bol of the Straits Chi­nese loy­alty to the Bri­tish colo­nial pow­ers in the 18th cen­tury.

Daily, 9am-5pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

City Hall

Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barak­bah, Ge­orge Town. Es­tab­lished in 1903 to ease the de­mand of of­fice spa­ces at the then-crowded Town Hall, City Hall once served as the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice of the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil of Pe­nang Is­land (now moved to Kom­tar). The stun­ning Ed­war­dian Baroque ar­chi­tec­ture is a true tes­ta­ment to the build­ing’s rich colo­nial her­itage, as ev­i­dent in most of Ge­orge Town’s his­tor­i­cal land­marks. Swing by the nearby war memo­rial to pay homage to the fallen soldiers of WWI.

Clan Jet­ties

Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town. These float­ing set­tle­ments have been hous­ing the de­scen­dents of Chi­nese im­mi­grants since the 19th cen­tury. Even though the Chew Jetty is known for be­ing tourist-friendly, be mind­ful when tak­ing pho­tos and avoid be­ing in­tru­sive as the lo­cals go about their daily chores. Today, there are six dif­fer­ent clans re­sid­ing in the Clan Jet­ties, with each jetty named af­ter a clan’s sur­name. Look out for the mu­ral of two chil­dren in a boat painted by Lithua­nian street artist Ernest Zachare­vic some­where among the Chew clan’s jetty.

Es­planade Padang Kota Lama Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barak­bah, Ge­orge Town.

Lo­cated next to the his­toric Fort Corn­wal­lis, the Es­planade has be­come a pop­u­lar venue for ma­jor art and cul­ture fes­ti­vals – the an­nual Ge­orge Town Fes­ti­val typ­i­cally hosts its open­ing cer­e­mony here. On reg­u­lar days, come here for un­hin­dered sea views, de­li­cious food at the food courts, and night-time scenes of both the City Hall and Town Hall all lit up.

Fort Corn­wal­lis

Off Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barak­bah and Le­buh Light, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 9855).

Named af­ter the gov­er­nor-gen­eral of In­dia in the 18th cen­tury, Fort Corn­wal­lis is the largest stand­ing fort in the coun­try. Cap­tain Francis Light built the orig­i­nal fort on this spot in 1786 to pro­tect the is­land from be­ing be­sieged by pi­rates. De­spite the num­ber of old can­nons that en­cir­cle the fort – the Seri Ram­bai Can­non be­ing the largest – the fort is said to have never ac­tu­ally en­gaged in any bat­tles. A mul­ti­mil­lion ring­git makeover by Ewein Ber­had in 2015 has seen a re­vamp of the mu­seum dis­plays (cour­tesy of his­to­rian Mar­cus Lang­don) and the in­tro­duc­tion of KOTA, a ca­sual fine din­ing restau­rant on site.

Daily, 9am-10pm. Adults, RM20, Chil­dren (4-12 years), RM10; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM10, Chil­dren (4-12 years), RM5. Chil­dren un­der 4 years free. Se­nior cit­i­zens re­ceive 50 per­cent dis­count.

Francis Light Statue

Fort Corn­wal­lis, off Jalan Tun Syed Barak­bah and Le­buh Light, Ge­orge Town.

In case you didn’t al­ready know, Cap­tain Francis Light was the found­ing fa­ther of Pe­nang and its cap­i­tal Ge­orge Town. Built in 1936, this hand­some bronze sculp­ture pays trib­ute to the 150th an­niver­sary of Cap­tain Francis Light’s found­ing of the Bri­tish colony. In­ter­est­ingly, since there were no sur­viv­ing im­ages of the Cap­tain at the time, the statue was in­stead mod­elled af­ter the Cap­tain’s son, Wil­liam Light, who later founded Ade­laide in Aus­tralia.

God­dess of Mercy Tem­ple Lorong Ste­wart, Ge­orge Town. Erected in 1728, God­dess of Mercy Tem­ple or Kuan Yin Teng Tem­ple is Pe­nang’s old­est Chi­nese tem­ple. Visi­tors are of­ten struck by the scent of san­dal­wood in­cense and the sight of devo­tees per­form­ing their sa­cred rit­u­als. The tem­ple is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar dur­ing the an­nual God­dess of Mercy feast com­mem­o­rat­ing Kuan Yin’s birth, ini­ti­a­tion and her at­tain­ment of nir­vana. Other deities in­clud­ing Tua Pek Kong, Hor Ya and Tai Sui are also given their due re­spect here.

Gur­ney Drive

Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town. It’s not the clean­est beach in Pe­nang, but the vi­brant and bustling tourist spot named af­ter Sir Henry Gur­ney right next to it is pep­pered with food courts and open-air eater­ies. Some deem the prom­e­nade a tourist trap, oth­ers an iconic and ex­cit­ing part of Pe­nang; we think it’s a bit of both. You can stroll on the walk­way along the beach to walk off those calo­ries af­ter your meal.

Han Jiang Teochew An­ces­tral Tem­ple

127 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 5629).

Con­struc­tion of this tem­ple was com­pleted in 1870, back when it was known as the Teochew Kongsi. Since the early 2000s, the build­ing has seen ma­jor ren­o­va­tions con­ducted by restora­tion ex­perts from main­land China and funded with do­na­tions from the lo­cal Teochew com­mu­nity. In 2006 it was be­stowed the Unesco Asia-Pa­cific Award for Cul­tural Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion. You’ll be amazed by the roof­ing de­tails and hand-painted mu­rals de­pict­ing fierce, ar­moured deities.

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Tem­ple Be­tween Le­buh Ar­me­nian and Le­buh Can­non, Ge­orge Town.

This spa­cious clan tem­ple dat­ing back to the 1850s was built for Pe­nang’s large Hokkien com­mu­nity who em­i­grated from China. Ded­i­cated to the Taoist God of Pros­per­ity, it’s painted in deep hues of red to lure in good for­tune. Some whis­per that a se­cret so­ci­ety used to con­duct their meet­ings here.

Ja­panese Ceme­tery

Lin­tang P Ram­lee, Ge­orge Town. Built in 1893 for the age­ing com­mu­nity of Ja­panese im­mi­grants liv­ing in Pe­nang at the time, this tran­quil rest­ing place houses 56 graves, all of which were in­terred be­fore WWII.

Jewish Ceme­tery

Jalan Zainal Abidin (for­merly Jalan Yahudi), Ge­orge Town (www. penang­jew­ishceme­tery.com).

Billed as the old­est Jewish ceme­tery in Malaysia with its old­est tomb­stone dat­ing back to 1835, this cleaver­shaped plot houses ap­prox­i­mately 107 graves, most of which re­sem­ble the os­suar­ies found in Is­rael. The ceme­tery was built in 1805 and its most re­cent grave be­longs to the last eth­nic Jew on the is­land.

Khoo Kongsi

18 Le­buh Can­non, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 4609/www.khookongsi. com.my).

Khoo Kongsi is a labyrinth of build­ings made up of a meet­ing hall, of­fices, an opera stage and 62 units of ter­raced houses and shop lots. Weave your way through the maze to even­tu­ally reach the awe-in­spir­ing, 650-year-old Leong San Tong. You’ll dis­cover the Khoo clan charted through the gen­er­a­tions.

Daily, 9am-5pm. Adults, RM10; Chil­dren (un­der 12 years), RM1; Chil­dren (un­der 5 years), Free.

Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing

Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 3494).

Named in hon­our of Pe­nang’s first Kap­i­tan Kel­ing (In­dian Mus­lim heads­man), a mer­chant by the name of Cauder Mo­hideen, Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing was built in the 1800s. The mosque’s strik­ing trade­marks in­clude its Mughal-style dome and de­tailed Is­lamic mo­tifs. Still fre­quented by the In­dian-Mus­lim com­mu­nity to con­duct their prayers, the mosque is fit­ted with a madrasah, a school ca­ter­ing to re­li­gious stud­ies. Visit the In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on the ground floor to in­quire about a free guided tour and check out the at­tached gallery.

Mon-Thu & Sat, 9am-8.30pm; Fri, 9am-12.30pm & 2.30-8.30pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

Millionaire’s Row

Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town.

Dur­ing the early days of Pe­nang, Millionaire’s Row was the res­i­den­tial en­clave for the rich and wealthy, where her­itage man­sions and res­i­dences with views of the sea filled the en­tire stretch of Northam Road (now called Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah). Al­though most of these colo­nial man­sions are left unat­tended these days, passersby can still catch a glimpse of their os­ten­ta­tious ar­chi­tec­tural styles.

Moon Gate

Jalan Ke­bun Bunga, Ge­orge Town. Moon Gate is the gate­way to what was once the hill­top home of one of Pe­nang’s fa­mous mil­lion­aires in the 19th cen­tury, Cheah Chen Eok. You’ll find the re­mains of the man­sion a few yards away from the Gate. Today, it’s a pop­u­lar start­ing point for hik­ers trekking up Pe­nang Hill.

Nagore Durgha

Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town. His­to­ri­ans dic­tate that Nagore Durgha was built around the same the time as Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, thus mak­ing this re­li­gious shrine also one of the old­est in Pe­nang. The shrine is one of many that have been built through­out south­ern Asia to hon­our Syed Shahul Hamid, a 13th cen­tury Mus­lim saint. Lo­cate this white-and-peri­win­kle-blue struc­ture amid the hus­tle and bus­tle of Lit­tle In­dia.

Nat­tukot­tai Chettiar Tem­ple

Jalan Air Ter­jun, Ge­orge Town (pt­tem­ple.com).

Founded by the early Chettiar com­mu­nity in Ge­orge Town in 1854, the Nat­tukot­tai Chettiar Tem­ple is adorned with Burmese teak pil­lars and de­tailed fig­urines. Its im­mac­u­late de­sign makes it a pop­u­lar venue for ma­jor Hindu fes­ti­vals in Pe­nang.

Protes­tant and Catholic Ceme­ter­ies

Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town.

Com­mis­sioned by Cap­tain Francis Light in 1786, the Protes­tant ceme­tery is the old­est Chris­tian ceme­tery in Pe­nang and con­tains some of the old­est graves on the is­land, in­clud­ing that be­long­ing to Francis Light him­self. The ceme­ter­ies were de­stroyed dur­ing WWII, so only some rem­nants re­main. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that many of those buried here died be­fore their 50th birth­day, vic­tims of dis­ease; but a stroll around the grounds will re­veal hints of other sto­ries such as per­ilous sea voy­ages and the fa­tal dan­gers of armed rob­bery.

Queen Vic­to­ria Memo­rial Clock Tower

Cor­ner of Le­buh Light and Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town.

Erected in 1897 with funds do­nated by Cheah Chen Eok, this com­mand­ing sight com­mem­o­rates Queen Vic­to­ria’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee. Capped with a Moor­ish dome, the clock tower is 60 feet high to match the num­ber of years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Saint Ge­orge’s Church

1 Le­buh Far­quhar, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 2739).

Built in 1816 and con­se­crated in 1819, Saint Ge­orge’s is the old­est Angli­can church in South­east Asia. In 2007, this strik­ing church was de­clared one of Malaysia’s 50 na­tional trea­sures for its clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture and beauty. De­signed by Cap­tain Robert N Smith, the church il­lus­trates both the Ge­or­gian and Pal­la­dian styles. The pav­il­ion at the front com­mem­o­rates Sir Francis Light and was con­structed in 1886.

Sri Ma­hamari­amman Tem­ple Le­buh Queen, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 3494).

Pe­nang’s old­est Hindu tem­ple goes by many names in­clud­ing Sri Muthu Mari­amman or Sri Arul­migu. Cov­ered with fas­ci­nat­ing sculp­tures of Hindu gods and god­desses, the tem­ple pro­vides plenty to look at. One of the most de­tailed stat­ues is that of Lord Subra­ma­niam; richly dec­o­rated with gold leaf, sil­ver, di­a­monds and emer­alds, it’s this statue that is trans­ported on a sil­ver char­iot dur­ing the an­nual Thai­pusam pro­ces­sion.

Suf­folk House

250 Jalan Air Itam, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 1109/www.suf­folk­house.com.my).

Built on a pep­per es­tate, this 200-yearold build­ing is con­sid­ered Pe­nang’s first ‘Great House’. Francis Light lived on the es­tate with the love of his life, Martina Rozells. Af­ter his death, it’s said that Rozells lost the es­tate at the hands of un­scrupu­lous ex­ecu­tors and it was bought by Wil­liam Ed­ward Phillips, an am­bi­tious ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer who would be­come gov­er­nor of the is­land in 1820. Many think that Phillips (and not Light) was be­hind the stately house we see today. A mag­nif­i­cent ex­am­ple of An­glo-In­dian colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture, Suf­folk House is fur­nished with beau­ti­ful an­tiques.

Guided tours of the house and the gar­dens are avail­able.

Daily, 10am-6pm. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion, RM20 (re­deemable for re­fresh­ments or par­tial pay­ment of meals); Chil­dren un­der 12 years, free.

Town Hall

Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Ge­orge Town.

In 1880, the late Sir Fred­er­ick Weld (the Gov­er­nor of the Straits Set­tle­ment) of­fi­ci­ated the lay­ing of Town Hall’s foun­da­tion stone. Town Hall was once the epi­cen­tre for Pe­nang’s high so­ci­ety, and rem­nants of its glo­ri­ous past are still ev­i­dent; take the build­ing’s front façade and grand ballroom for in­stance. Worth a visit, this Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­tural beauty once served as a venue for the­atri­cal per­for­mances and even func­tioned as the Pe­nang State Li­brary.

The White­aways Ar­cade

Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1199/www.face­book.com/ white­awayspg).

This two-storey colo­nial build­ing sur­vived a short span of com­mer­cial restora­tion. Today, it re­tains its clas­sic her­itage charm, but has the added ap­peal of mod­ern art gal­leries, bou­tiques, trendy cafés and a tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Yap Kongsi

71 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town. The Yap Kongsi may be smaller than the other clan build­ings on the is­land, but it’s just as intricately de­signed. Home to the Yap Clan As­so­ci­a­tion, Yap Kongsi is open to the pub­lic and visi­tors are wel­come to visit without pay­ing an ad­mis­sion fee.

Je­lu­tong

Pe­nang State Mosque

Jalan Masjid Negeri, Je­lu­tong. De­signed by Filipino ar­chi­tect Efren Brindez Paz and con­structed in the 1970s, the of­fi­cial state mosque is Pe­nang’s largest. Crowned with a golden dome and oc­cu­py­ing a space of 4.6 hectares, the mosque was in­spired by Os­car Niemeyer’s de­sign of the Cathe­dral of Brasilia in Brazil.

Pu­lau Tikus

Dham­mikarama Burmese Bud­dhist Tem­ple

24 Lorong Burma, Pu­lau Tikus (+604 226 9575).

You can’t miss the two ma­jes­tic stone ele­phants flank­ing the gate of Dham­mikarama Burmese Bud­dhist Tem­ple. The tem­ple’s high­lights in­clude a 200-year-old well filled with Ja­panese carp and the Sima Hall, which houses an im­pres­sively tall mar­ble statue of Bud­dha drip­ping in gold de­tail. Af­ter­wards, stroll across the street to visit the Tem­ple of the Re­clin­ing Bud­dha, also known as Wat Chaya­mangkalaram.

Daily, 6am-6pm.

Wat Chaya­mangkalaram Bud­dhist Tem­ple

24 Lorong Burma, Pu­lau Tikus (+6016 410 5115).

Home to one of the largest gold-plated re­clin­ing Bud­dha stat­ues in the world, the Wat Chaya­mangkalaram was built by a Thai Bud­dhist monk in 1845. Fans of re­li­gious ar­chi­tec­ture are bound to be im­pressed by the Si­amese ar­chi­tec­ture.

Daily, 6am-5.30pm. Free ad­mis­sion.

Wa­ter­fall Hill­top Tem­ple

Lorong Air Ter­jun, Pu­lau Tikus. Also dubbed the Hill­top Mu­ru­gan Tem­ple or Arul­migu Balathan­dayutha­pani Tem­ple, this re­li­gious site is among Pe­nang’s old­est Hindu places of wor­ship. Ded­i­cated to Mu­ru­gan, the Hindu god of war and vic­tory, it was pre­vi­ously lo­cated at the Pe­nang Botanic Gar­dens but is now perched high in the hills. Ev­ery Thai­pusam, the tem­ple serves as the fi­nal pit stop af­ter a day-long pro­ces­sion.

Se­berang Jaya

Hare Kr­ishna Tem­ple

Lorong Jelawat 4, Se­berang Jaya. Built by loyal prac­ti­tion­ers of the Hare Kr­ishna move­ment (aka the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Kr­ishna Con­scious­ness or ISKCO), this gor­geous tem­ple is where devo­tees con­gre­gate dur­ing cul­tural fes­ti­vals. Tow­er­ing three storeys high, it’s said to be the largest Hare Kr­ishna tem­ple in Malaysia.

Masjid Jamek Se­berang Jaya Jalan Si­akap, Se­berang Jaya (Face­book: Masjid Jamek Se­berang Jaya).

Though smaller than most of its coun­ter­parts, Masjid Jamek Se­berang Jaya is re­li­giously fre­quented by Mus­lim wor­ship­pers. You’ll find the mosque a stone’s throw away from the North South Ex­press­way.

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Float­ing Mosque of Tan­jung Bun­gah

Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah.

Its name pretty much speaks for it­self. This spa­cious mosque, which can ac­com­mo­date about 1,500 wor­ship­pers, is built on stilts to create the il­lu­sion of float­ing on wa­ter. Com­bin­ing lo­cal and Mid­dle Eastern el­e­ments within its ar­chi­tec­ture, the view of the mosque from afar makes for an awe-in­spir­ing sight.

Pe­nang Batik Fac­tory

669 Mukim 2, Teluk Ba­hang, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 885 1284/ www.penang­batik.com.my).

The old­est batik fac­tory on the is­land still pro­duces ex­quis­ite hand-drawn batik of all colours and de­signs imag­in­able. If you’re not fill­ing your shop­ping cart in the show­room, join a tour of the fac­tory and wit­ness live batik-mak­ing demon­stra­tions.

Daily, 9am-1pm & 2-5pm.

Tan­jung Tokong

Royal Se­lan­gor Vis­i­tor Cen­tre

Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 891 2018/www.roy­alse­lan­gorvis­i­tor­centre.com).

This fam­ily-friendly vis­i­tor cen­tre is one of only three in the world (the other two are lo­cated in Kuala Lumpur and Sin­ga­pore). Lit­tle ones will be ex­cited to see, hear and touch the pewter-themed ed­u­ca­tional ex­hi­bi­tions while older guests can par­tic­i­pate in the Royal Se­lan­gor School of Hard Knocks, which lets you em­bel­lish your very own pewter bowl with tools sim­i­lar to the ones used over a hun­dred years ago.

Daily, 10am-10pm. Guided tours, free. School of Hard Knocks, RM63.60 per per­son (Call ahead to re­serve places in work­shop).

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The Sun Yat Sen Mu­seum

Won­der­food Mu­seum Pe­nang

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Tem­ple

Wat Chaya­mangkalaram Bud­dhist Tem­ple

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