Penang Insights

Culture

Begin your local experience with a local host to understand the rich and colourful culture of Penang.

A rich tapestry of descendants from Europe to middle and far east Asia made what Penang is today, “a melting pot of Asia”.

The arts and culture scene in Penang is alive and colourful thanks to its multicultural society of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. There’s no shortage of religious festivals throughout the year and visitors will find mosques, Chinese and Indian temples living in harmony side-by-side in local neighbourhoods.

In 2008, George Town was designated as a historic colonial towns on the Straits of Malacca that demonstrate a succession of historical and cultural influences arising from its former function as trading ports linking East and West with a multi-cultural living heritage originating from the trade routes from Great Britain and Europe through the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Malay Archipelago to China. George Town bears testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted. It reflects the coming together of cultural elements from the Malay Archipelago, India and China with those of Europe, to create a unique architecture, culture and townscape.

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