is a stunning city located on the northeast tip of Penang Island. It serves as the capital city of the State of Penang, Malaysia
. George Town is one of the largest cities in Malaysia, as well as one of the most populated cities in Malaysia too. Established in1786, George Town, has since grown to become a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also vibrant tourism, industrial, and financial hub in Malaysia.
The city has a beautiful combination of old architectural designs of various cultures and the stunning modern skyscrapers. The mix of the British colonial buildings, the charming Chinese Shophouses, and the numerous iconic mosques make the former Straits of Malacca trading point even more beautiful. Looking past the old town, one sees the striking skyscrapers that dot the cityscape of George Town, making it a modern city complete with high-end shopping malls. All of these are better viewed from the Verdant Penang Hill, which stands to overlook the city.
Tourists like to visit the high-end estates like the Pinang Peranakan as well as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, which were built by wealthy Chinese merchants.
Another beautiful spot is the Street of Harmony, as is usually referred to as. Here, several worshipping places of different denominations are lined up. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is one such place, complete with stunning landscaped grounds and Mughal domes. Close by is the intricately designed Chinese clan temple call Khoo Kongsi, built in beautiful, striking carvings.
On the outskirts of George Town, there stands the mighty grandeur of the Kek Lok Si, a massive Buddhist Temple, set beautifully on the hillside that stands attractively in its seven-story pagoda.
George Town is famous for its food industry, and food vendors hawk all kinds of foods varying between Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese dishes. Apart from the local delicacies, there are also international cuisines and western food varieties in the high-end food courts.
George Town experiences a tropical rain forest climate. The temperature in George Town is relatively consistent throughout the year, and there are primarily two seasons experienced in the city. There is a short and dry season that runs from January
and the long and wet season that goes on for the rest of the year, with the most torrential rainfall being experienced between September
The peak of tourism in George Town is in December
, with tourists flocking the city to enjoy their vacation and the numerous events being celebrated around town, seeing that George Town is essentially a multicultural setting.
In January, George Town holds the annual Thaipusam, a vibrant religious Hindu Festival where they give thanks and worship their god Murugan, son of Shiva amid colorful decorations.
On varying dates, George Town celebrates the Chinese New Year with great feasts, decorations, and religious parties. Most businesses and shops remain closed on this day as it is considered a national holiday.
One other major event in George Town is the Hungry Ghost Festival, a Chinese festival that goes on for a month with beautiful presentations and other carnival-like celebrations.