Yes, the title is a bit lame but the adjective is really apt in describing Penang. It is in every sense of the word…gorgeous. Had the chance to explore it during September of last year as I visited a friend based there and met up with other friends who flew in from Manila.
After enjoying hawker food the night of my arrival with friends from Manila, Tsu and I met up with Sarah the next day and explored Georgetown. It was an extremely hot and humid day and we were just exploring by foot. By late noon, we were close to passing out but hey, it was all worth it.
A must do in the area is spotting the various murals which adorned Georgetown’s rustic streets. Here are some snapshots I took:
There are so much more and I’m bummed I wasn’t able to spot them all. Also, not enough time to enjoy all that food! Penang, after all, is said to be the food capital of Malaysia.
I am definitely coming back this year, possibly in August for the famed Georgetown Festival. From the festival’s site:
George Town Festival is a month-long festival which began as a celebration of George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Listing in 2008.
Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.
Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to five-foot ways, colonial shophouses to sidewalk galleries.
In previous years, our events have drawn more than 200,000 festival-goers from all walks of life, and engaged up to 90 production groups, communities, artists, and performers across 145 programmes.
The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.
George Town Festival 2014 will take place over the entire month of August.
That said, see you again very soon Penang!