WHS: George Town, Malaysia

Alright, today we’re going to visit a World Heritage Site that’s a bona fide tourist destination you might actually have heard of:

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Melaka and George Town, Malaysia, are remarkable examples of historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from their former function as trading ports linking East and West. These are the most complete surviving historic city centres on the Straits of Malacca with a multi-cultural living heritage originating from the trade routes from Great Britain and Europe through the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Archipelago to China. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted. They reflect the coming together of cultural elements from the Malay Archipelago, India and China with those of Europe, to create a unique architecture, culture and townscape.

Melaka is down by Kuala Lumpur and we’ll have a trip report for you when we visit it later no doubt; but George Town is the historical district of Penang which is an interesting city in its own right, almost up to Bangkok in its street food (a few people actually do claim better, but clearly they are mistaken):

Top 19 Street Food You Must Try in Penang

And the sights are nicely photogenic as well, here’s a shot of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi which is generally considered the most striking of the Chinese clan houses:

Khoo Kongsi

But there’s places of interest on every corner pretty much, here’s Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple we found particularly picturesque:

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

The tourist industry here is thriving, and focused specifically on George Town’s World Heritage status, so you will have no trouble finding all the further information you could ever want should you find yourself up Penang way. Here’s some links to get you started:

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