The Whiteaways Arcade at Beach Street

The Whiteaways Arcade on Beach Street, George Town, is a historic colonial-style building dating back to 1903. Recently renovated into a bustling commercial center, it features an art gallery, exhibition spaces, trendy cafes, and diverse retail shops. Visit the Whiteaways Arcade to explore its unique blend of history and modernity, right in the heart of George Town.

The Penang Buddhist Association

Built in 1931, the Penang Buddhist Association is a prominent landmark situated on Anson Road in George Town. This historic building, showcasing the old Straits Eclectic style, serves as a vibrant hub for Buddhists in Penang, hosting a variety of religious and community events, including meditation sessions, Dharma talks, and cultural celebrations.

In addition to Wesak Day, the association attracts numerous visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year, when many come to offer prayers for the new year. The Penang Buddhist Association also plays a significant role in promoting Buddhist education and charity work, supporting various local initiatives and fostering a sense of community among its members. Its beautiful architecture and serene environment make it a must-visit destination for both devotees and tourists exploring Penang’s rich cultural heritage.

May 22nd is Wesak Day here.

George Town Street View: Kapitan Keling Mosque in the Evening

An evening view of the old Masjid Kapitan Keling (Kapitan Keling Mosque). Located at the Heritage zone of George Town, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is one of the oldest and famous landmarks in the island.

The mosque was built by the the head of the Indian Muslim community in Penang during the year 1800, and is located at along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street but was later renamed after the mosque). The historic mosque was also used previously as the state mosque of Penang. The name “kapitan keling” is used to denote the headman or leader of the South Indian Muslim community.

George Town Street View: Trishaws Resting Under the Nighttime Charm

As night falls, the city’s Kapitan Keling Mosque Street comes alive with the vibrant glow of red lanterns, symbolizing prosperity and good fortune during Chinese New Year.

Traditional trishaws resting after their last passengers left, offering a leisurely tour along the heritage trail during the evening. The classic shophouses, bathed in the lanterns’ warm light, stand as a testament to Penang’s rich history and cultural diversity.

Light Street View: LED Tree Lights

George Town’s Light Street has been transformed into a vibrant tourist attraction with the installation of a new LED light display at the Esplanade’s Municipal Fountain Park. The Penang Island City Council’s initiative, costing RM261,000, aims to enchant locals and tourists alike, enhancing the city’s nightlife and boosting tourism. The LED strands, adorning trees, create a magical ambiance, receiving positive feedback from the community. With plans to refresh the display colors periodically and expand to other areas, George Town is set to maintain its allure as a must-visit destination.

Light Street View: Esplanade Trees Decorations

The enchanting sight of brightly illuminated trees along Light Street at night. These trees are located along the walkway of Esplanade, on the opposite side of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce.