George Town is also known as Tanjung (“The Cape”) in Malay, Qiáozhì Shì (乔治市) in Chinese. The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. The enclave consists of colonial architecture built during the heyday of British rule over the Straits Settlement (Penang, Singapore and Malacca), mixed with Chinese shophouses and places of worship of various religions. George Town is awarded the UNESCO listing for its “unique architectural and cultural towns-cape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.
Teochew Puppet & Opera Museum at 122 Lebuh Armenian
The Teochew Puppet & Opera Museum has a wide collection of iron rod Teochew puppets, full dress costumes and head gears, musical instruments and an opera stage for scheduled live performance. Teochew Puppet and Opera House, which brings back the culture and heritage to the main stream, is housed in a prewar terraced double storey shophouse in a heritage protected zone area gazetted by UNESCO. It is privately owned and operated by the the 5th generation of the Kim Giak Low Choon (KGLC) Teochew Opera Troupe. It is located beside Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang.
Galeri Seni Mutiara at 118 Lebuh Armenian
Galeri Seni Mutiara aims to encourage, develop and foster interests and appreciation in art by organizing art activities, exhibitions, talks and forums. The gallery promises an enriching experience and holds its main focus on Eastern and Western contemporary art. Its immediate aim is to encourage more of the public to embrace the art world and broaden their collections. It is located beside Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang.
Penang Heritage Trust’s Penang Apprenticeship Programme for Artisans (PAPA) at 66 Lebuh Acheh
The Penang Heritage Trust’s Penang Apprenticeship Programme for Artisans (PAPA) is a workshop for anyone who interested to learn the 12 local crafts including Nyonya beading art, wood carving, rattan weaving, “wayang kulit” engraving, kite making, “thoranam” weaving, dough figurine making and star-lantern making. May Lim Siew Sing, teaches bead work. Click here for more information.
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi at 18 Cannon Square
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clan house.