A Walking Tour Through the Cultures of Penang
Part of what makes Penang unique is its established mixture of cultures and faiths, but if you are only in Georgetown for a short time, how can you experience all of its varied customs and traditions? Conveniently enough, Penang's 18th-century town planners have already solved the problem, and a short walk along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly) known as Pitt Street), also call the 'Street of Harmony', draws together the town's four main religions and provides a quick, easy tour of its different communities.
The tour starts at the waterfront near Fort Cornwallis as this is where the British East India Company first landed.
Proceeds into Jalan (road) Masjid Kapitan Keling to visit St George's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia built in 1816. Up north is the oldest Chinese temple in Penang, Kuan Yin Temple dates back to 1800.
Next to the temple is small Hindu shrine where you may see both Indian and Chinese offering prayers. To the east of the shrine, is Little India, an Indian enclave created by trading community from South India over two centuries ago.
Within the Little India on the other side of 'Street of Harmony'is Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, built in the traditional Dravidian style in 1833.
As you keep walking, you come across the Kapitan Keling Mosque, built by Tamil Muslim community in 1801. The building is curious mix of styles, combining colonial architecture with traditional Moghul arches and its interior features stained glass calligraphy panels.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For passengers of cruise ship stop-over: Penang Cruise terminal (Swettenham Pier).
For free travelers: The location is at City Hall , Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town 10200, Penang, Malaysia.
End location: For passengers of cruise ship stop-over: Send off @ Penang Cruise terminal (Swettenham Pier).
For free travelers: Kapitan Keling Mosque.
After the tour you can visit nearby Khoo Kongsi Chinese Clan Temple (have entrance fee) and other near by attractions.
Duration: 3 hours
There are three possible start times in the morning and evening. Due to afternoon could be very hot you can opt for the evening tour.
If no of travelers is up to 6 pax, you may hire a taxi, Grab car or Uber to come to the meeting location.
If the no of travelers is more than six and require a larger vehicle, it can be arranged. Charges will apply. Contact me to send you a quote with a customized link.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 RM - Local currency is needed per person for own lunch and dinner and perhaps you want to visit nearby attractions such as museums and clan temples. Such places usually involve entrance fees. Or maybe for some little souvenir after the tour has concluded.
I am not a driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
All my tours are times between 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs only.