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Accommodation: Traders Hotel
The Acheen St Mosque - Unusual for its Egyptian-style minaret (most Malay mosques have Moorish minarets). Built in 1808 by a wealthy Arab trader, the mosque was the focal point for the Malay and Arab traders in this quarter - the oldest Malay kampung (village) in Georgetown. It's open to visitors but all the usual mosque etiquette should be exercised: conservative clothing, take your shoes off, avoid prayer times and be respectfully quiet. Located a short walk from Khoo Kongsi. GPS: 5.414769,100.336139
Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple - Built in 1805 and is Penang's first Buddhist temple. It has two large stone elephants flanking the gates and has been significantly added to over the years. It stands opposite the Wat Chayamangkalaram (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). Take the Teluk Bahang-bound bus U101 from Weld Quay or Komtar. GPS: 5.432222,100.314102
Fort Cornwallis - These timeworn walls of are a Today only the outer walls of the fort are standing, and the area within is now a park. A bronze statue of Captain Light stands near the entrance, although as no pictures of him could be found, it was modelled on the likeness of his son, William, who founded Adelaide in Australia. The small chapel in the southwest corner was the first to be built in Penang; ironically, the first recorded service was the 1799 marriage of Francis Light's widow, Martina, to a certain John Timmers. There are exhibitions on the history of Penang in a series of cells on the south flank of the fort, and you can also wander around the battlements, which are liberally studded with old cannons.
Kek Lok Si Temple - Without doubt the largest and best known temple in Penang, the Temple of Supreme Bliss, better known as Kek Lok Si, staggered on the hillside overlooking the town of Ayer Itam.
Since the olden days, the hills of Ayer Itam are regarded as important geomantically. Known as He San, or Crane Hill, they are recommended as a retreat for Taoist practitioners striving for immortality.
Khoo Kongsi - Ais a clan house, a building that's partly a temple and partly a meeting hall for Chinese of the same clan or surname. Penang has many kongsi, but the clan house of the Khoo is by far the finest and is not to be missed.
Penang Museum - One of the best presented museums in Malaysia. There are engaging exhibits on the customs and traditions of Penang's various ethnic groups, with photos, documents, costumes, furniture and other well labelled displays. Look out for the beautifully carved opium beds, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Victoria Memorial Clocktower - This gleaming white tower topped by a Moorish dome was donated by a local Chinese millionaire to honour Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it stands 18m (60ft) tall - one foot for each year of her reign. GPS: 5.419533,100.34425
Wat Buppharam - a 1942 Buddhist temple bursting with cartoonlike sculptures of Thai, Taoist and Hindu religious figures. The ornate Thai entrance archway is the largest in the state. The wat is home to the 'Lifting Buddha,' a 100-year-old, gold-leaf encrusted Buddha statue about the size of a well-fed house cat.
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