About Penang

State of Pulau Pinang or Penang


Pulau Pinang, better known as Penang, is a state in Malaysia located on the north-western part of Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia.
The state of Pulau Pinang or Penang comprises an island (Penang island) and a stretch of land on the west coast on the Malaysian Peninsular (Seberang Perai). Penang or ‘The Pearl of the Orient’, as she is often referred to, is a melting pot of many cultures. Her rich history is reflected in her cultural diversity and urban landscape.  The capital, George Town is a unique Asian city, cosmopolitan yet rich in the cultures and traditions of Asia. The city is also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

George Town Penang

Penang is linked to other parts of Malaysia by roads, rails, air or sea. You can travel to Penang by road (bus or private vehicle) or expressway. The railways cuts through the state linking Butterworth (on the mainland) to Singapore or Bangkok. Daily flights are available  from her international airport to KLIA and other cities in Asia and Europe. International cruise ship or private yacht can also berth on the island of Penang.

Today, Penang is also a port and an industrial hub and serves as a base for many multinational electronics companies. Whilst Penang is a living historical city, rich in heritage sites, nature has blessed the island with beautiful idyllic beaches and calm seas.   

Penang is known for her sumptuous potpourri of hawker food and magnificent heritage of colonial and 19th century architecture. The cultural and religious diversity brought about by history has resulted in a fusion of cultural practices and cuisines. Industrialisation has brought many changes to the lifestyle of the people and the physical and cultural landscape of Penang, but beneath this modern veneer, many aspects of a Penangite’s life remain firmly rooted in tradition.  

Penang is reputed to be the home of the best hawker food in Malaysia and details here would be handy to all food lovers. This is the best place in Asia for a food adventure.  

The people of Penang are descendants of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, European, Burmese, Siamese and many other origins. To understand the cultures of the communities, it is necessary to see them against the backdrop of Penang’s history.  

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