George Town, Unesco World Heritage Site

Penang consider Malaysia’s most tourist visited destination with influences mixture of western and eastern culture. One of the 13 states in Malaysia, although consists of both Penang Island and the mainland called Seberang Perai, but most people recognize the island as Penang. This is because the place itself not only able appear the modernity while also maintain its old-world charms.

The capital city of Penang is George Town, named after in honour of King George III and located northeast of the Island. On 7 July 2008, together with Melaka (another state of Malaysia located on southern region) has been designated by UNESCO as Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. This is indeed first cultural sites award received by Malaysia from UNESCO World Heritage Listing. Before this, there are two national parks listed into UNESCO Heritage site for the natural research value, they are Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Kinabalu Park in Sabah, both located on west coast of Malaysia.

Let’s focus back on George Town, the historic cities located on the Strait of Malacca that have established over 500 years (start from Malacca) of trading and cultural exchange between eastern and western countries in the Strait of Malacca. This has influences within the commodity and eventually develop into multicultural heritage site in terms of both tangible and intangible culture. George Town was under British colonization since year 1786 represents the unique architectural and cultural townscape to the world. With these, the town inscribed as world heritage site based on three outstanding value. The Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) may be defined as the historic, social, scientific, aesthetic or spiritual value of a place to mankind and the universe as part of selection criteria by UNESCO. Once again, both Melaka and George Town are closely related.

  1. Melaka and George Town represent the exceptional examples of multi-cultural trading towns in East and Southeast Asia. The historical trading town not only mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, also influence by European (Portuguese, Dutch and British) colonial powers for almost 500 years. Which we can see from the overall building architecture and urban form.
  2. Both place are living testimony to the multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia country, and European colonial influence. Both tangible and intangible heritage represent different faiths from different of religious buildings, ethnic groups, language diversity, festivities, dances, dresses, entertainment, cuisine and life style.
  3. The coming together of cultural elements to create a unique architecture and townscape in East and Southeast Asia. It demonstrate different types of building in different stage of development.


The world heritage site in George Town total area are 259.42 hectares / 2.59km2 with more than 4200 heritage buildings divide into Core Zone (109.38 hectares) and Buffer Zone (150.04 hectares).  

Being named by multiple news & travel guide network provider like CNN Travel, Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and the others as one of the must visit destination in the world. George Town is the worthwhile place to discover and travel around. KIKIA provide online booking for private tour guiding service, charter car to make you travel with easy and fruitful.  Log in to our website now to choose your preferred guide or driver to bring you explore around! Click here to know more about the package offer and I am more than happy to bring you around and share with you whatever i know!

Created at October 26 at 12:38 AM