Penang is an island paradise of warm sandy beaches and a port city – rich in history, traditions, and cultures. And it is proud of its profound heritage and legacy. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, it is indisputable that Penang is one of Asia’s favourite islands – a popular tourist destination, a business hub, and more importantly, an island in which the lucky locals (colloquially known as Penangite) proudly call home.
Founded by the British in 1786, colonial Penang is located on the north-west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula – consisting of the island and a coastal strip of its mainland territory of Province Wellesley. Apart from commuting through a ferry service that plies the channel, the iconic Penang Bridge is the main link between the island and the mainland territories – making it accessible by land, sea, or by air, with an International Airport in Bayan Lepas.
Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang entices visitors with its beautiful coasts and delicious cuisines – a wide variety of local delicacies and delights that are uniquely Penang. Eating out is a popular past time – a lifestyle and a privilege that the locals enjoy and love. And with an unprecedented reputation as one of the world’s best hawker foods, Penang is still the top choice for both local tourists and foreigners alike – to indulge in exotic cuisines and scrumptious meals.
Through its rich and long history, a fusion of traditional Malayan cultures and British influences had shaped and formed the persona and identity of Penang today – making its capital George Town, one of the world’s most distinctive and historic cities. On the 7th July, 2008, George Town was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in the East and Southeast Asia.
Affluent in traditions and history, but moving forward hand in hand with modern ideologies and technologies, Penang has become an international destination – a dream escapade for tourists, a playground for adventurers, a landmark for expeditions, a source for education, or even a haven for food lovers. In Penang, there will always be something for everyone – a flavour for every kind of taste bud.