George Town – is an old, colonial town and a UNESCO heritage site. From time to time it is interesting to visit a touristy place. And George Town, despite the crowds, can be an unbelievably charming destination!
What makes it special, is its old, traditional architecture. Since most of the buildings await their restoration, one can witness a lot of original designs.
When we travelled through China, we could see either the leftovers of traditional Chinese culture that were left by the communists, or some half-fake tourist attractions recreated for the masses. Luckily in George Town the spirit of “Old China” is still alive. It is actually safe to say, that China Town of George Town and Malacca are more Chinese than China.
It is all about the details! Little decorative elements here and there, sculptures, ornaments and tiles…
There are temples and altars on every corner of Penang, some of them very modest, some encrusted with gold.
Rickshaws – Penang’s most recognisable vehicles.
A shop selling Indian saris, right next to a building with Chinese lanterns and signs. In front of it – a Muslim lady. Malaysian mix of cultures at its best!
Most of the ancestors of the Indians living currently in Penang, sailed to what is now Malaysia from the southern states of India. Their main language (and one of four official languages of Malaysia) is Tamil, and their skin is usually dark. Sometimes, very dark:
There were moments, where we felt like being somewhere completely else. You do not have to travel to India to taste this delicious veg thali!
Temples of different religions, some of them very old…
It was amazing to cycle on the streets of this fascinating city! After a week in George Town we had to say good bye and head towards the famous hills of Cameron Highlands.