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Gateway to Penang’s ancient past September 28, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Culture, Food, Malaysia, People, Places.

Penang is one of those places in Malaysia that is pregnant from historical influences. Hundreds of years ago, it was a thriving port with the English and other maritime merchants visiting its shores for commercial reasons.

Chief among these visitors were the Chinese who came in droves and many of whom stayed. Today, there are many old stately homes with Chinese motifs on the doors, window frames, walls and almost any part of a mansion.

The pictures above are an indication of how rich the heritage is. It reflects those ancient times when trade was the engine of Penang’s growth. Together with those early settlers, Penang was transformed into a metroplis that wore many faces.

If you want to know a bit about Penang’s early settlers, walk over to the Northam Road Cemetery near the Continental Hotel in Penang Road and take a closer look at the tombstones.



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