Established in 1786 by Captain Francis Light for the British, the city was named after King George III. It served a prominent port city during the colonial era and continues its reign as the second largest city in Malaysia.
George Town is a culture buff’s paradise. There are several historic places of interest here like the Cornwallis Fort, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Jubilee Clock Tower, St. George’s Church, Kong Hock Keong Temple and many more pre-World War II buildings.
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the century old Penang Botanic Gardens as well as the Penang Butterfly Farm.
George Town also has its fair share of modern skyscrapers, shopping malls and theme parks too.
In 2008, 260 hectares of this beautiful coastal city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.