Penang is perhaps one of the most well-known for its heritage preservation – those artistic colonial buildings is well-preserved and the atmosphere is often linked to that of British crown colony of Penang back to 19th century. It was even designated World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in year 2008. Walking down the street, you’ll be amazed and awestruck by these magnificent pieces of buildings. Here’s the top 6 beautiful colonial buildings that bound to take you back to Penang’s bygone era. 

1. City Hall Penang

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The City Hall that steeped in the Edwardian Baroque and Palladian style is known to be the most beautiful colonial architecture in Penang. Build in 1903, the facade and exterior of City Hall is immensely pretty – with walls in all-white, Greek Corinthian columns and lattice windows, undeniably the best spot in Penang for photography!  It is the Penang’s first building ever to be completely fitted with electric lights and fans, while also has been officially listed as a national monument since 1982 under the Antiquities Act 1976. 

Operation hour: open all day for oudoor visit.
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

2. Town Hall Penang

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Located adjacent to the City Hall at the beautiful Esplanade area of Georgetown, the Town Hall was chosen as one of the filming location for Hollywood blockbuster movie “Anna and The King”. It is an impressive building that completed in 1880; painted with pale yellow and creamy white in which made it looks grand and lovely at the same time! With a history more than 100 years, it was served as a gathering place for socialites in the past – the famous nationalist from China Sun Yat-sen had once held the prom party and concert at here. 

Operation hour: open all day for oudoor visit.
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

3. Logan House

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Never miss the Logan House when talking about the representative building that served as the reminder of Penang’s colonial past! Constructed in 1880, the Logan House was named after James Richardson Logan – a lawyer that become famous for defend the welfare of Chinese and Indians in Penang. Hence, This Logan memorial was served as the tribute of respect and gratitude for him. It was the first commercial property ever in Georgetown Penang and now become the Dining and Entertainment Centre after restored from World War II. 

Address: 6, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

4. Eastern & Oriental Hotel

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This sea-fronting hotel that build close to the shore is being regarded as the “The Best Top 3 Antique Hotel in the World”. Founded by Sarkies brothers from United State in 1885, it possesses of colonial charm that you can’t find anywhere else; even the famous historical figures and celebrities such as Sun Yat-Sen, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe have stayed in before! It is featured with a stylish Victorian indoor-outdoor designs and has stood as the testament to the grand elegant British-Raj era, where worth going back for repeats! 

Address: 10, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Contact: 04-222 2000

5. The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

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In 1987, a local Chinese millionaire Cheah Chen Eok funded for the construction of The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower (also known as Jubilee Clock Tower) that stands 60ft-tall, with each foot for each year of the Queen Victoria’s reig to commemorate for her Diamond Jubilee (60th annivesary). An eye-catching mix of British & Moorish architecture style made the tower looked truly gorgeous – it’s so breathtaking  as you gaze upwards and tend to admire such stunning beauty. This proud city landmark has also been featured in the film “Lust, Caution (2007)” that directed by today’s greatest contemporary filmmakers Ang Lee. 

Address:  Lebuh Light, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

6. Suffolk House

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The Suffolk House, built in 1970, was originally served as a mansion owned by Francis Light – the founder of the first British settlement on Penang. It’s now the protected historical site that turned into the fine dining restaurant. At here, you’ll soak up its heritage vibes and get a real feel for the lifestyle in the colonial time period. You’re recommended to treat yourself with the English afternoon tea while indulge in the ambience of this great mansion; Get pampered today!

Address: 250 Jalan Air Itam , Georgetown 10460 Penang.
Operation hour: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Entry fee: RM20 (can be redeemed for refreshment, or in part payment for any meals)

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