Another UNESCO heritage city - Pulau Penang
The state of Penang encompasses Pulau Penang, where it's capital Georgetown is located, and Butterworth which is on the mainland of Malaysia. In 2008, Georgetown together with Melaka were made UNESCO heritage cities.
In its history, Georgetown has demonstrated its function as a trading port linking the East to the West. Georgetown today continues to be a vibrant city with mixing pot of traditions and culture. Also if you are looking for street art while visiting Malaysia, look no further then Penang. Penang's George town is plastered with a variety of street murals depicting the city and its cultures. Another thing that Penang prides itself in is the food it has to offer. Penang is also known as the food capital of Malaysia. There are a number of dishes that are distinctive to only Penang and not anywhere else. Such as: Penang cha kway teow (Penang fried rice noodles); Penang curry noodles; Penang laksa and Hokkien noodles. Local delights are regularly available in markets and from street venders both day and night. Holiday in Penang is very affordable; a usual meal from a street vendor will cost not more than £1 therefore one could really indulge oneself if inclined. The only let down in relation to food is the Peranakan cuisine. Although you are able to find Peranakan heritage and cuisine in Penang, it cannot be compared to the ones found in Malacca; Peranakan food in Malacca were found to be more authentic and with better options.
Another interesting fact about Penang is that the famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo was born here into a family of shoemakers. He started his apprenticeship right in the heart of Georgetown, Penang at his father's shop and was believed to have made his first pair of shoes at 11 years old.
During the trip to Penang, I managed to visit the Chinese clan jetties and got to go to the Tan clan jetty as well as visit a Tan temple. It is interesting to find out that Penang has a very diverse range of ethnic groups. However, within each group there is very clear division of historical territory due to trades and vocations.
Due to the different races and faiths living in parallel and harmony, Penang is a great place to experience different rituals and festivals throughout the year. For instance: Chinese New Year; Hari Raya and Deepavali. So if you are visiting Penang do take a walk down Japan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Street of Harmony) where you will be able to experience Penang's four main religions and have an easy tour of the communities living within Georgetown. However, do take note that if you are planning to visit any places of worship of the different faiths do remember to be appropriately dressed as a sign of respect.