Saturday, January 14, 2017

Malaysia (Penang / Georgetown Heritage Trail) 2017

Penang Loves U !

British Heritage Trail

Dr Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail

" My 3 days Pre-Chinese New Year visit to Georgetown (UNESCO) / Penang from 12-14/1/2017 - following the British & Dr Sun Yat Sen heritage trail "

Total expenses incurred (3 days) : Rm239 (US$53)

Hostel (2 nights) : Rm32 x 2 = Rm64 (US$14.20 dorm)  - Casa 56 Inn, Love Lane, Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Zone
Train (KTM Express): Rm44 (senior - platinum seat)
LRT trains: Rm3.80
Food & groceries: Rm60
Entrance fees: Rm15
Ferry (Butterworth>Weld Quay): Rm1.20
Town buses: R13
Long distance bus: Rm38 (Komtar > KL Sentral)
Exchange Rate: US$1=Rm4.50

Travel itinerary: Subang Jaya > KL Sentral > Butterworth > Georgetown > KL Sentral (370km x 2 = 740km)

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Map of  Malaysia

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Map of  Peninsula Malaysia
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Map of  Penang / Georgetown

- Georgetown is the capital of Penang
- 2nd largest city in Malaysia
- Georgetown & Melaka were listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2008
- Founded by a British trader, Francis Light in 1786
- Colonized by the British in the 18th century
- 370km from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia
- Penang is a food capital of Malaysia
- Over 40 tourist attractions & heritage sites to explore
- George Town street art gets Lonely Planet listing
- Efficient public transport ie buses, ferries serving downtown, suburban & the mainland areas; free Central Area Transit (CAT) buses looping the inner city of Georgetown
- KTM runs a high speed electric train service from mainland Butterworth to Kuala Lumpur, approx. travelling time is 4 hours - a pleasant & comfortable ride

Travel Highlights ( the start of my "treasure hunt" on British colonial heritage sites in Georgetown - I did it my way ! )

1) Fort Cornwalli (1786)


2) Weld Quay (1880)


3) Church Street Pier (1897)


4) Swettenham Pier (1904)


5) Queen Victoria Memorial Clock (1897)


6) City Hall (1890)


7) Town Hall (1880)


8) St George Church (1819)

9) Cathedral of the Assumption (1855)


10) Convent Light Street School (1852)


11) Penang State Museum (1896)


12) High Court Building (1809)



13) Cenotaph - World War 1 Memorial (1948)


14) Cheong Fatt Sze Mansion (1880)

15) Goddess of Mercy - Guan Yin Temple (1880)



16) Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (1833)


17) Kapitan Keling Mosque (1881)

18) Acheen Street Mosque (1808)

19) Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi (1906)


20) She Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi (1873)


21) Yap Kongsi Temple (1924)


22) God of Prosperity - Tua Pek Kong Temple (1860)


23) Loo Pun Hong (Luban Gumian - 1886)


24) Pakistan Mosque


25) Nagore Darcha Sheriff Mosque (1800)


26) Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (1958)


27) St Paul's Church (1930)


28) Komtar Tower - 68 storeys (1974-1986)


29) Dewan Sri Pinang (1970)

30) Central Fire Station (1909)


31) Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated Building (1930)

32) Lim Clan's  Jetty, Weld Quay

33) Customs Building (1909)


34) Street Art, Georgetown

Georgetown street art gets Lonely Planets listing
35) Little India


36) Gurney Drive Food Court

37) Kek Lo Si Temple


38) Batu Ferringhi


39) Teluk Bahang Fishing Jetty


40) Penang National Park


41) Chowrasta Market


42) Other tourist attractions not visited on this trip are:

- Snake Temple
- Penang Hill
- Botanic Garden
- State Assembly Building (1890)
- Gee Hiang Building (1856)
- The Heritage Centre, 128 Armenian Street (1860)

DO WHAT YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO !

Malaysia (Georgetown-UNESCO) 2017 D1 - Part 1

Day 1 - Part 1 (12/1/2017)

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Map of  Georgetown Heritage Trail

Subang Jaya (Home) > KL Sentral (LRT train-Rapid KL) - 35 minutes

Subang Jaya LRT station
KL Sentral LRT station

KL Sentral (KTM ETS Train) > Butterworth (09.00>12.45) - Rm44 (Platinum seat- Senior) - new electric train services, air-conditioned, cosy, comfortable, average speed 80-150km per hour, approx. 4 hr from KL > Butterworth


Ferry Crossing from Butterworth ferry Terminal > Penang Island (Rm1.20)


Accommodation (2 nights): Casa 56 Inn, Love Lane (Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Zone), Penang Tel +60-42635055 - RM32 (US$7) dorm + free breakfast


My lunch in Georgetown

Wanton Noodles - Rm4 + Hot barley water - Rm1.50
Fried oysters - Rm10
My dinner in Gurney Drive Hawker Center

Royak - Rm4 + Wumo Cha Cha - Rm3.50
Assam Laksa - Rm4

Going British - following the British heritage trail

1) Weld Quay (1880)



2) Wisma Kastam (Customs Building) - formerly the Malayan Railway Building (1907)



3) Swettenham Pier (1904)



4) Church Street Pier (1897)


5) Queen Victoria Memorial Clock (1897)

6) Fort Cornwallis (1786) - entrance fee Rm5 (senior)

Captain Francis Light, founder of  Penang







7) Cenotaph - World War 1 Memorial (1948)








8) The Penang High Court Building (1809)



9) City Hall (1903)



10) Convent Light Street School (1852)



11) Penang Museum


12) St George Church (1818)


13) Cathedral Of Assumption (1861)


14) Goddess of Mercy - Guan Yin Temple (1880)




15) Sri Maha Marianman Temple (1833)


16) Kapitan Keling Mosque (1801) - the oldest mosque in Penang, first built by the East India Company's troops.


17) Acheen Street Malay Mosque (1808)



18) God of Prosperity - Tua Peh Kong Temple (1860)



19) Yap Temple (1894)



20) Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi's Clan Temple (1873)




21) Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi's Clan Temple (1873)


22) Cheong Fatt Sze Mansion - The Blue Mansion (1880)


23) Penang Teochew Association (1870)


24) PG Gold Museum


25) Lim Clan Jetty, Weld Quay - The Clan Jetties is a part of the Heritage Trail of Penang. There are now 6 jetties left after a century of existence. The Chew jetty is the most popular one with long walkway & a temple. 

Lim Jetty in 1910

The Clans Piers on the Waterfront, Penang in 1945










26) Pictures of Other Heritage Buildings in Georgetown