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Colonial Sites in Penang

Colonial Sites in Penang

Penang has long been a cultural and trade link between Asia and Europe, and its colonial history is evident throughout the island, especially in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town. From the shophouses of Beach Street to the rusty cannons of Fort Cornwallis, here are the colonial sites you can’t miss.

 

What to See

  • Fort Cornwallis—an 18th-century fort, the largest remaining in Malaysia, built by the British East India Company

  • Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower—built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

  • St. George’s Church—the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, dating back to 1817

  • Esplanade Padang—home of the Penang Town Hall and Penang City Hall, two Victorian buildings near the George Town seafront

  • Penang State Museum—a colonial-era building housing artifacts from Malaysia, India, and China

 

How to Visit

  • Book a tour of colonial George Town to learn more about the island’s rich multicultural history.

  • Step aboard the Penang hop-on hop-off bus with 33 designated stops and audio commentary.

  • Ride the funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill for panoramic views over the colonial center.

  • Explore the “Pearl of the Orient” during a discovery tour around the island.

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Private Tour: Full Day Center Penang Island Tour

Private Tour: Full Day Center Penang Island Tour

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Make sure you see the best of Penang on a private tour of the island. Departing from George Town, this personalized tour covers religious sights such as Kek Lok Si Temple, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple and Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Plus, explore Penang Botanical Garden and take the funicular to Penang Hill, from which panoramic city views are enjoyed. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.57
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$102.57
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Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

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Penang, culinary wonderland and Malaysian cultural gem, has a wealth of hidden charms. Orient yourself and see the best of the city on a private 3.5-hour sightseeing tour, which covers Penang highlights such as Little India, Penang State Museum, and Kuan Ying Teng temple. Explore the colorful colonial mansions of Georgetown, a UNESCO-listed enclave, purchase street food staples such as ‘chendol’ (iced dessert) and char sui pork, and receive undivided attention from a private guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29
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Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

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Even if you have only a short time in Penang, soak up the key sights in just half a day on this action-packed door-to-door tour. Ride the funicular to the peak of Penang Hill; explore the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch pewter craftsmen; taste white coffee; and check off religious monuments from Kek Lok Si Temple to Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.26
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$70.26
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Dinner at Penang Hill

Dinner at Penang Hill

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Enjoy fine food and beautiful views over Georgetown on this 3-hour Penang Hill Railway ride with dinner. Hop aboard the Penang Hill Railway in Georgetown and travel up Penang Hill. Discover English colonial charm at David's Brown restaurant, nestled among beautiful forest and gardens on Penang Hill. Savor a delicious dinner of British or traditional Penang cuisine, and enjoy breathtaking views over the bright lights of Georgetown shimmering and twinkling in the distance. When your meal is over, travel in style by train back to the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.66
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$90.66
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Private Penang City Tour

Private Penang City Tour

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Explore George Town’s colonial heritage, colorful neighborhoods, religion, and craftsmanship on a 4-hour, private tour of Penang’s historic capital city. Get an overview and orientation while learning about local culture and traditions, with an experience that includes entrance fees, hotel pickup and drop-off, and transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.31
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$42.31
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Half-Day George Town History Private Tour

Half-Day George Town History Private Tour

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Discover George Town with an expert guide on a half-day, private tour of the city’s top highlights. You’ll see the bustling Clan Jetties and the Khoo Kongsi clan house, then tour a pair of important Buddhist temples, learning about local history and culture along the way. This 3.5-hour tour offers the flexibility and personal service of a private guide, and includes round-trip hotel transfers in the George Town area. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.11
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$64.11
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Round Penang Island Tour

Round Penang Island Tour

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Experience the beauty of the “Pearl of the Orient” on this Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour. Venture to the sandy shores and picturesque countryside as you make your way through some of the area’s most incredible sites. Visit a traditional batik factory, wander through the grounds of the famous Snake Temple, see handmade wonders at a local jewelry factory and interact with locals at Malay Kampung—an old-school Malaysian village. This four-hour morning tour hits all the highlights and insures you’ll leave Penang having seen the best of the best.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.08
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$23.08
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Penang City Tour

Penang City Tour

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Penang is a city that’s as rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. This city tour highlights all of the best—from colonial-era homes, to private mansions, famous museums and stunning temples. Follow an expert local guide through the famed Little India and Chinatown, wander the halls at Penang Museum and learn about the art of pewtersmithing at the Royal Selangor. Finish your tour at Wat Chayamankalaram, where you’ll be amazed by the giant reclining Buddha.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.67
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$26.67
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Private Tour: Full Day Penang Heritage Tour

Private Tour: Full Day Penang Heritage Tour

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Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover by self-drive or taxi on this private door-to-door tour of George Town, Penang’s historic capital. Start at the Penang State Museum, then explore the UNESCO World Heritage area: the Street of Harmony, Khoo Kongsi clanhouse, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Made in Penang Interactive Museum, Chew Jetty, and plenty of street art. Tour includes lunch but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.21
Price varies by group size
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$128.21
Price varies by group size

Penang City Sightseeing Tour

Penang City Sightseeing Tour

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Experience a taste of all that Penang has to offer on a grand tour of the island with a private guide. Travel in comfort by private vehicle to Penang’s top attractions, including Kek Lok Si Temple, Snake Temple, the funicular railway on Penang Hill and the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. You'll learn about Malaysian arts including pewter-making and batik, stop at a traditional fishing village and fruit plantation, and see Buddhist temples and other architectural gems, all while enjoying informative commentary from your expert guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.58
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$85.58

Private Tour: Penang the Pearl of the Orient

Private Tour: Penang the Pearl of the Orient

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Penang boasts a multitude of attractions, so deciding which to tick off in limited time can often be a difficult task. Let a guide create a personalized itinerary on a private tour ideal for first-time visitors. Taking a private tour means you’ll receive undivided attention, have ample time to ask questions, and travel between attractions in private and air-conditioned comfort. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.47
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$58.47

Half Day Penang City Tour (4 Hours)

Half Day Penang City Tour (4 Hours)

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Explore George Town highlights on a half-day tour combining historic sites with temples and colorful neighborhoods, with an optional visit to the Penang Time Tunnel 3D museum. Traveling in a climate-controlled vehicle means you’ll stay cool and comfortable while ticking off a long list of destinations that include Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Fort Cornwallis, Little India, Chew Jetty, and more, finishing the day with a taste of Penang's classic white coffee.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.72
Price varies by group size
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$28.72
Price varies by group size
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Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

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Explore colonial history and heritage in Penang’s ancient capital city on this private 4-hour sightseeing tour in Georgetown. Take a scenic drive through downtown Georgetown with your private guide and admire the UNESCO–listed colonial architecture you find. Explore Fort Cornwallis’ mighty perimeter and learn of Captain Francis Light’s first landing in the 18th century. Visit Clan Jetty then head into the bustling Chinatown and Little India districts by trishaw, and visit the Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.03
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$41.03

UNESCO World Heritage of Penang - Private Tour

UNESCO World Heritage of Penang - Private Tour

The Georgetown area of Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of colorful architecture, colonial-era history, coexisting religions, vibrant street art, and delicious food. On this private tour you’ll see the highlights with a local guide. Get the chance to ride a trishaw, and walk around other parts of town. Your guide will show you down the narrow back streets, where some of the most interesting treasures lie that you might otherwise miss.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Penang War Museum and Colonial Museum

Penang War Museum and Colonial Museum

There’s no need to worry about piecing together buses on this convenient private half-day tour of two of Penang’s most fascinating historical museums. Your driver/guide collects you direct from your door, and takes you to the Penang War Museum, a 1930s fort with a dark and brutal past, and the Colonial Penang Museum, focused on the gorgeous lives of British colonists and wealthy merchants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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$61.54
Price varies by group size
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Private George Town UNESCO Heritage Walking Tour

Private George Town UNESCO Heritage Walking Tour

The charm of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in its hidden alleys and architectural details. Discover parts of Penang that you'd be likely to miss if traveling by coach or car during a private walking tour that provides a more intimate glimpse into the historical area. This private tour, which provides a comprehensive introduction to first-time visitors, promises an insider's glimpse into the history and culture of Georgetown.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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18th Century Penang - Private Tour

18th Century Penang - Private Tour

Georgetown, being the recipient of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site surely has its share of unique history and heritage. In order to indulge yourself in the history of Penang, Asia Itinerary has selected the best you may visit and we are ever ready to tailor made it for you if you wish to. Our package includes a tour at  Penang State Museum for an understanding of early Penang history and local cultures of various races. Then, you will be visiting  Pinang Peranakan Mansion, for their Baba-Nyonya collections and architectural design followed by a visit to  Penang Time Tunnel – The History and Fluorescent 3D Mural Museum. For further information, contact Asia Itinerary today!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
Price varies by group size
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$72.00
Price varies by group size

Half-Day George Town Private Culture and Heritage

Half-Day George Town Private Culture and Heritage

Join a private guide for a personalized, half-day tour of George Town culture and heritage that explores everything from local-style tea to handmade crafts. You’ll browse the shops and stalls of Little India, taste a few treats, then see artisans selling everything from clogs to carved seals and wooden signs. This 3.5-hour, private George Town tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in the George Town area, with both morning and afternoon departures available.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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$76.93
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

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Learn about a life of grandeur in 19th-century Penang on a tour of Cheong Fatt Tze, aka the Blue Mansion. Book admission to the famed George Town landmark and gain insight into its eclectic architecture and heritage, based on the lavish lifestyle of its former resident.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.89
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$5.89

Colonial Penang Museum Admission Ticket

Colonial Penang Museum Admission Ticket

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If you love antiques and interiors, you won’t want to miss Colonial Penang Museum. Established by a family of antique collectors, it showcases the opulent lifestyle of wealthy merchants during the period the British ruled Penang. Highlights include stained glass windows, marble statues, Nyonya furniture, and documents handwritten by Penang’s founder, Francis Light. Ensure entry even at busy times by arranging tickets in advance.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$7.10
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$7.10