The Rich Culture of George Town, Penang – A Rewarding Adventure!

Penang is a melting pot of cultural amalgamations and it is most evident in its street art featuring a combination of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences. There’s so much vibrant colour in the streets that you can witness.

George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Small enough that it can be traversed in a rickshaw, on a bike or on your own two feet, this area of the heritage site is known around the world as the ‘Street of Harmony.’ It’s within walking distance from Travelodge Georgetown if you’re looking for a hotel in Malaysia Penang area.

So Many Places of Worship

Penang started out as a trade outpost for the British East India Company and was open to people of all faiths passing through and who ultimately made it their home. With them came their rituals. Penang today is home to many diverse places of worship with the Kapitan Keling Mosque, St. George’s Church, Sri Maha Mariamman and Goddess of Mercy temples being within walking distance of each other.

Landmarks

Thanks to the diverse culture, Penang is a popular tourist destination with great cuisine, art highlights including its famous street art, architectural wonders and natural attractions like its great beaches.

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Tradition in the Trade

In keeping with numerous traditions, Penang is also very focused on preserving its heritage. As it is, the ageing artisans of traditional craft try their best to spread awareness of their trades, the same ones that have been in their family for generations.

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Discover the best of Johor Bahru – An exciting time awaits

Stop by at Johor Bahru for an amazing experience, filled with fun and excitement. Here are a few things you can add to your itinerary.

Old Chinese Temple

The JB old Temple is one of the top places to visit in Johor Bahru. The temple united five different deities under one roof, although each ethnic group worships their own deity. The bronze bell is more than 100 years old and the bright red gate makes this temple easy to spot!

Legoland

If you’re visiting Johor Bahru with kids, Asia’s first Legoland is located 19 kilometres from Johor Bahru. Getting to Legoland from Johor Bahru is quite easy, with plenty of buses travelling to and from the theme park often. 30 minutes from Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, this theme park is action-packed and fun for both adults and kids.

Johor Bahru city square

If you’re up for some shopping, pay a visit to City Square mall, which shouldn’t be too far from your hotel in Johor Bahru. The mall is 7 floors, comprising of more than 300 different stores to let your shopaholic self lose! You can spend an entire day here, watching a movie, eating and getting your hair done!

Chinese Heritage Museum

A 3-storey museum that displays the history of Chinese immigrants is the main highlight. You’re bound to gain a lot of insight into the Chinese and Cantonese history in this part of the Malay peninsula.

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Malaysia – Multi-Cultural Asia

Malaysia is home to many cultures and ethnicities; an amalgamation of Malays, Indians, Chinese, and other ethnic groups. As such Malaysian cuisine, culture, traditions and all other aspects of life have been mixed into a perfect multi-cultural melting pot.

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The History of Malaysia

Malaysia belonged to the Malay kingdoms before coming under the British Empire in the 18th century. Originally known as Malaya, the states were restructured a few times and in 1963 the joining of Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore with Malaya formed Malaysia as we know today.

The First Settlers

Settlements in Malaysia may have been as far back as 40, 000 years ago by a people known as negritos. The ownership of Malaysian lands passed through many ethnicities and dynasties all through its history. The first independent state was created by Parameswara, a prince, in the 15th century.

The British Invasion

The British came to Malaysia in 1786 with the Sultan of Kedah leasing Penang to the East India Company. Over a period of 40 years, the British took control of not only Penang but Malacca, Singapore, and Labuan. They named the colony the Strait Settlements. By the 20th century, the federated and unfederated states of Malaysia all had British advisors teaching them how to rule.

The Japanese Invasion

The Japanese invasion happened over three years during the second world war. Despite the British plans for the settlements, ethnic Malays rebelled against the weakening of Malay’s ruling body and the granting of citizenship to ethnic Chinese. With the establishment of the Malayan Union in 1946, Britain’s power was weakened and finally extinguished.

Independence

Malaysia has recorded the best economic growth of a country in Asia post-independence. You can witness this for yourself by staying at Silka Hotels or others in Malaysia considered some of the best hotels in Asia.

 

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