Penang Cultural Links
This is the
official Tourism Penang website that is up-to-date and informative.
Although targeted at foreign and domestic tourists, the approach
taken by Tourism Penang to attract interest in George Town and
the rest of the island sets it apart from other similar websites.
Instead of a virtual travelogue, what you get are eloquent stories,
exciting photographs and colourful layout which breathe new life
into Penang tourism.
state government tourism website with weekly updates on arts,
culture and tourism events. It has a hotel directory, a food column,
video clips and a searchable archive.
website which is regularly updated with feature stories on the
culture, heritage and food of George Town and Penang, with a focus
on the World Heritage Site. It has a searchable archive.
iGT videos offers a selection of video clips.
iGT connect is an e-newsletter sent out twice a month iGeorgeTown
NetBuzz offers links to items on culture and heritage, about George
Town and Penang in particular, and Malaysia in general, that are
published on the Internet. It is updated daily.
Chinese Penang Association:
Originally called the Straits Chinese Penang Association, the
SCPA is an organisation for Penang's peranakan community, also
called Baba Nyonya.
The womenfolk wear the elegant kebaya costumes and cook delectable
Nyonya cuisine. Members speak Penang Hokkien patois, sing keroncong
and celebrate Chap Goh Meh annually with Dondang Sayang at the
The Peranakan Networks website carries news.
A blog offering
a platform of communication between the various Peranakan associations
in Malaysia, South Thailand and West Indonesia and also for those
interested in Peranakan culture.
Peranakan Mansion: http://www.pinangperanakanmansion.com.my/
museum of Baba Nyonya heritage housed in the former townhouse
of the Kapitan Cina of Perak and Hai San leader Chung Keng Kooi.
A virtual tour can be viewed at Tourism Penang website.
A new colonial-style
boutique hotel in Penang, with 5 suites set in a garden.
Museum & Art Gallery: http://www.penangmuseum.com
collection of papers (which can be downloaded) by scholars of
things Penang, from a conference convened by Khoo Salma in 2002.
My Second Home: http://www.mynexthome.com.my
My Second Home Programme is promoted by the Government of Malaysia
to allow people from all over the world who fulfil certain criteria,
to stay in Malaysia as long as possible on a social visit pass
with a multiple entry visa.
on Southeast Asia's most majestic clan temple has been scanned
and pasted on the website. There are however two later and more
comprehensive pictorial works on the Khoo Kongsi.
Botanic Gardens: http://jkb.penang.gov.my/
garden established in 1884 and curated by many famous botanists
through its history, it excels in its natural setting hugging
the valley of the great Waterfall.
is a web-based traveller's group. The founder Timothy Tye, who
operates from Penang, is an excellent photographer. He has put
up photo galleries on a number of eco-tourism and cultural tourism
Kota (Children of the City): www.arts-ed-penang.org
heritage education project, run by artists-educators from the
local university. The project targets children, aged 10-16 from
diverse communities and schools within the inner city of George
Town Penang, and attempts to empower these young people to explore
and understand how their identity is rooted in their heritage.
but quite worthwhile e-magazine edited by Lim Kean Chye, which
contains gems of info about the Baba Nyonya and much more.
Heritage Trust: www.pht.org.my
Heritage Trust is Penang's civic organisation established to promote
Penang's heritage. It organises regular activities and visits
to heritage sites and buildings.
Trails of George Town
conducted by the Penang Heritage Trust www.journeymalaysia.com/islandpenangheritagewalk.htm
the trail here, but contact the Penang Heritage Trust directly
at email@example.com to book this guided walking tour.
Express Penang Heritage Trail
Penang website has the heritage trail online. Existing heritage
signboards supplement this do-it-yourself walking tour.
are descendants of Muslim Hui minority from China, who have since
assimilated with local non-Muslim Chinese society. They were boatmen
and charcoal traders living in a water village and timber jetty
built on stilts over mangrove. This mangrove area was the nesting
place of protected bird species, before it was destroyed in 2004
despite efforts by the "Support Preservation Koay Jetty and
Mangrove Action Group". The Koay Jetty itself is currently
endangered. Website by Clement Liang.
Fatt Tze Mansion: www.cheongfatttzemansion.com
of the historic mansion, winner of UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage
Award 2000, now a boutique hotel. Cheong Fatt Tze was the most
prominent Overseas Chinese mandarin, capitalist and industrialist
of his time. Guided tours are available at 11am and 3pm daily.
Spice Garden: http://tropicalspicegarden.com/
and educational landscaped garden located in Batu Feringgi, promoting
Asian spices and botanics.
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Armenian & Lebuh Aceh (LA-LA)
Sun Yat Sens
of George Town, Penang
Khoo Su Nin
Fourth edition, more than 15,000 copies sold!
Through Gilded Doors
Julia de Bierre & James Bain Smith
Khoo Salma Nasution
& Malcolm Wade
Trams, Trolleybuses & Railways: Municipal Transport History
Ric Francis & Colin Ganley
Gone By: Growing Up in Penang
Christine Wu Ramsay
Chinese in Penang:
A Pictorial History
Tan Kim Hong
To Dawn: Filming in Penang
Goh Mai Loon
& Khoo Salma Nasution
Road To Dawn: Movie DVD
Helen Ong's Great Dining
120 Armenian Street
10200 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4 2620123
Fax: +60 4 2633970