Named after Penang island’s colonial founder, Captain Francis Light, Light Street (Lebuh Light) was reportedly the first main street to be laid out and built in George Town. The area surrounding this road was once a thick jungle before it was cleared out, way before the Fort Cornwallis even came into existence. Captain Francis Light had his first house built along this street.
The German community’s history in Penang is recognised with the launch of the German Heritage Trail in 2012, where it will highlight more than 10 sites in George Town with a number of signboards. The initiative was also sponsored by the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. It was said that before the World War I, the German-speaking community arguably formed the second largest European trading community in Penang after the British. Each signboard will document the German heritage of the site in Bahasa Malaysia, English and German.