Malaysia as a whole country is interesting due to its mix of different cultures and religions, but there are few better examples of this than the city of George Town on the island of Penang. Due to its history as an important trading port, people came from many parts of the world to settle here, and those who had the numbers created their own communities within the city itself. These days there are only the two predominant ones of Chinatown and Little India, though there are traces of others if you look close enough.
Chinese immigrants flocked to Penang, and although their “clans” scattered throughout the city, it is Chinatown that really keeps that culture alive.
As budget travellers, we headed straight to Chinatown when we arrived in Penang to seek out some cheap accommodation. We weren’t let down on that part, and we were also pleasantly greeted by a beautiful and interesting area of George Town.
Chinatown is home to busy narrow streets lined with picturesque old buildings, many of which have shops or restaurants on the lower levels. At night, the streets become home to the many hawker stalls that set up to serve cheap and delicious Chinese and Malay cuisine.
One great thing about staying in Chinatown is that I got to wander these amazing streets each day when I went out to explore the city.
In today’s post, I’d like to share some of my photos from George Town’s Chinatown. I’ll definitely be back.