George Town, Penang, Malaysia

George Town is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang. George Town and Greater Penang is the second largest city and the second most populated metropolitan area in Malaysia.

George Town was established by Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company in 1786. It was one of the first British settlements in South-East Asia. Together with Singapore and Malacca, George Town was governed under the Straits Settlements, which later became a British crown colony in 1867.

Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores during its heyday as a British entrepôt, George Town acquired a large assortment of colonial and Asian eclectic architectural styles. It also gained a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital, due to its unique and ubiquitous street food.

Over the past centuries, George Town has grown from a small settlement at the north-eastern tip of Penang Island to presently cover much of the north-eastern plains of that island. Suburbs have grown to the south, west and north-west. This has also led to the whole eastern seaboard of Penang Island being urbanized. Land is being reclaimed from the sea to help facilitate development on land-scarce Penang Island.

Here are some photos of the old english Cornwallis fortress, street-art, one of the few remaining fisherman villages on the coastline, the Khoo Kongsi temple and the skyline in the evening.

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