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Malaysia Forum Malaysian Travel Forum to post about your Malaysia holiday, did you visit Penang or go on a tour of the Malaysia island of Langkawi, Malaysia has many tourism destinations including Johor Bahru, Malacca, Genting Highlands, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, or maybe you were just passing through on your way to Borneo, Brunei, Singapore or Thailand.

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Old 07-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Penang Pics - Jan 2011

Following on from my Thaipusam Picture thread (Bobcock at Thaipusam in Penang 2011) here are some pictures I took in Penang whilst having a good long walk around the place. It'd been close to 20 years since I had been in Penang, loved it then, love it now....

1. First evening found a strip of nice bars to enjoy a cool beer, Most of them had outdoor sitting areas. This one didn't and seemed the most popular which makes a very good reason to avoid it. Nice lights though.\



2. Interesting name for a Malaysian Bar.



3. The quieter bars where we chose to sit....



4. Komtar, still probably the tallest building in Georgetown.



5. Georgetown taken from my hotel room window.

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6. Modern building built since my last visit....



7. This is the derelict school building that genghis61 featured in Post any Picture thread recently....



8. The Graveyard, next to the old school building, this is the grave of Sir francis light the man who established the settlement in Penang.



9. There was a few people randomly sleeping around the place, this guy seemed a bit guilty when we were close....

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10. Really rather difficult to take good shots in the cemetery, so much contrast with the trees with light streaming through the gaps....



11. The walkway trough the trees was spectacular though...



12. Probably has been by now....


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13. The Easter & Oriental Hotel



14. City Hall



15. The War Memorial



16. Bicycle Rickshaw

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Nice pictures. I've never been to Penang but may make it someday.

The trees in the cemetery must be spooky at night.
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Penang is pretty much a microcosm of Asia-
beaches & mountainous jungle interior
Chinese/ Indian/ Malay culture
Colonial influence & architecture
old Georgetown vs modern Penang
resort market & backpackers scene
traditional kampongs & modern condo's
urban chic, Malay kampongs & backpackers scene
wildlife, & a great food destination

A lot of variety. It's a place I could never bore of.
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17. Under an umbrella



18. Quite possibly the finest name for a drink....ever!



19. The cannon at Fort Cornwalis



20. Markings on said cannon....

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Super, as usual. I stayed at the E&O once, many years ago. I also really like the old British graveyards, some great inscriptions. Saw some great ones there, and in Madras as well. Thanks for the effort.
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21. looking up the barrel of the gun



22. The statue of Sir Francis Light in Fort Cornwalis.



23. The moorish-style clocktower at the junction of Lebuh Light and Lebuh Pantai. It is sixty feet tall, and was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 1897 Jubilee.

The 60 feet high clock tower is divided into four tiers. The first tier is octagonal, followed by square base. Second and third tiers and finishes by arched and domed cupola. Moorish design elements such as the dome and arches, the balconies on the second tier with horse shoe arched openings, battlemented parapet of the first tier and etc. were used in the design. The clock placed on the third tier. From a far the clock tower look more like a minaret of a mosque.



24. During our walk we had a fantastic lunch of Tandoori Chicken and Naan Bread served to us bu this lovely lady who was smiley and chatty and an all round nice person to cross paths with during a day.


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25. Goddess Of Mercy Temple, incredibly hot day, the sun was so bright it was very difficult to take any sort of shot outside.



26. Inside....



27. Again...

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great stuff
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dont understand why it gets dogged so much
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30. The Kapitan Keling Mosque along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street), is one of the best known mosque in Penang. Before the construction of the Penang State Mosque, the Kapitan Keling Mosque was used as the state mosque of Penang, since it is the largest historic mosque in George Town. The Kapitan Keling Mosque was named after Caudeer Mohudeen, the head of the Indian Muslim community credited to have built it around 1800.

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31. Next stop was a temple that I'll edit the name in when I remember it, it was at the top of Armenian Street.



32. Not much about it other than this group of young chinese who appeared on the balcony and started singing. Some of them were rather cute.

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Nice pics. Bob. We're looking to visit there in June, so this thread is a nice reminder of what an interesting place it is.
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Marmers, We went to the Indian Restaurant you recommeded, Maharajas (formerly a Passage To India, although there is a Passage To India on Leith Street). Lovely food and an interesting menu featuriong some good southern dishes. Owner was a very pleasant man.
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^ I'll be introducing the Midget to some decent Indian food, as it's shite in Thailand.
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Having seen your list of favourite Indian restaurants in bangkok I can see why you'd think that.
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Having seen your list of favourite Indian restaurants in bangkok I can see why you'd think that.
I don't have any favourite Indian restaurants in Bangkok, they're all rubbish.
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33. The next stop is one of my favourite places in Penang, the clan house of , KHOO KONGSI.

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The famous Khoo Kongsi is the grandest clan temple in the country. It is also one of the city's major historic attraction. The clan temple has retained its authentic historic setting, which includes an association building, a traditional theatre and the late 19th century rowhouses for clan members, all clustered around a granite-paved square. It is located in Cannon Square in the heart of the oldest part of the city of George Town, in the midst of narrow, winding lanes and quaint-looking pre-War houses exuding a palpable old world charm.


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The forefathers of the Khoo family who emigrated from South China built it as a clanhouse for members of the Khoo family in 1851. It was burnt down in 1894, allegedly struck by lightning, and the Chinese believed that it was due to its resemblance to the Emperor's palace, which provoked the gods. A scaled-down version was later built in 1902 and completed in 1906. Even so, the complex boasts a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and richly ornamented beams of the finest wood bearing the mark of master craftsmen from China. The clan temple is dedicated to the clan's patron deities and also houses a collection of ancestral tablets. Chinese operas are still staged at the theatre during the seventh lunar month.


35. roof details



36. The alter


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37. Inside the main hall



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This is the same Francis Light who founded Adelaide in South Australia, a monument to him is erected on the outskirts of Adelade. This guy got around a bit.
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Have not been to Penang for about 10 years, might book a cheapie on Airasia and go back for a couple of day, always enjoyed my time there, thanks for the pictures, i have never been to the cemetery before, but it will be on my list next time.

Interested to know what street the bars were on, can't ever remember them before. I am guessine by the picture of Kotmar you were staying in the Sunny someting??
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I have always enjoyed Penang . Thanks for the reminder.
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