George Town World Heritage City

Various images showing the many heritage buildings and major places of worship in the city of George Town. As part of its recognition to be accorded with the World Heritage status, July 7th is designated as George Town World Heritage Day and it is also a state holiday here in Penang.

Madras Lane: Chinese Methodist Church

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Chinese Methodist Church

Also known as the Penang Hokkien Methodist Church, the Chinese Methodist Church in Madras Lane was built in 1937 incorporating European and American church style architecture. It is the first Chinese churches in Penang, and was founded by Dr West and Lau Seng Chong from Singapore who reportedly first started their gospel work among the Chinese Hokkien community in Penang in 1895.

Penang Isle: Wesley Methodist Church

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The Wesley Methodist Church in Penang, located at the junction of Larut Road and Burma Road, is the oldest Methodist Church in Malaysia.
The English architecture style Church building was built in 1911 and its cornerstone was laid on 26 December the same year. The land on Anson and Burma Roads was exchanged for Larut Road, where the Church was to be built.
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The Church was dedicated by Bishop W.P. Eveland on in memory of Bishop James M. FitzGerald, who presided over the 15th Session of the Malaysia Conference meeting in Penang in 1907, and who died in Hong Kong later in the same year and also in memory of his daughter, Miss Cornelia FitzGerald, who died in Penang in 1907 too.

For more info, please visit the Church’s official website at