A Walk Through Georgetown: Penang, Malaysia

With a captivating mix of history, culture, architecture, and cuisine, all baptised with a touch of modernity, George Town is the capital of Penang and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a place where the past meets the present in a spectacular manner.

Architecture and Colonial Charm  

Georgetown’s streets are a showcase of colonial architecture and European influences.  KOMTAR Tower is a notable structure, which stands at a crossroads between the past and present.

Street Food Markets

Penang is a food haven, and no place demonstrates this better like George Town. There’s an array of street food stalls serving up delicious local delights. From hawker centres to the Gurney Drive, the town has a diverse mix of food spots that cater to all.

Looking for Penang hotel apartments closer to hawker centres? Stay at a place like Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang.

Street Art and Culture

The city’s narrow streets are alive with various street art, which offers a glimpse into the island’s culture. A walk through George Town is an photo worthy visual feast.


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The town has a vibrant religious heritage that shines through its many temples and spiritual sites. For a peaceful and serene escape, visit Kek Lok Si Temple. These spaces are a must visit for anyone visiting Penang, especially for those in search of spiritual bliss.

Visiting Penang Kek Lok Si Temple From George Town

One of Southeast Asia largest temples, Kek Lok Si Temple is located just outside George Town. A token of Penang’s cultural and historical significance, the temple is a must-visit for anyone visiting the island. This guide covers everything you need to know for a memorable visit.


Perched atop a hill, Kek Lok Si Temple is in Air Itam, a suburb of Penang. The temple’s isolated location adds to its mysterious allure and offers a peaceful escape from everyday life.

Getting Here

The temple is located just 20 minutes from Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang, which is a hotel in Penang, Georgetown, so getting here is quite easy. You can take the bus or a taxi. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive here yourself.


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The temple is a symbol of the harmonious existence of different Buddhist sects and Chinese rituals. It’s an epicentre of Buddhist and Chinese rituals, attracting pilgrims and devotees from around the world.

What to See

Kek Lok Si Temple features several highlights you should not miss. They include Pagoda of Rama VI, The Avalokiteshvara Hall and the Buddha Pavilion, The Statue of Kuan Yin, and Liberation Pond. Plus, there are several gardens, ponds, and scenic viewpoints.