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Penang Snapshots: Historic George Town Facades

Historic George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Penang in Malaysia, is a photographer’s dream: crumbling facades and peeling paint; exquisite temples and mosques; painted Chinese shophouses and jetty homes; elaborate doors, colorful shutters and ornate wall tiles.

This post takes a closer look at some of George Town’s facades focusing on the decorative variety of doors and windows.

Check out my earlier posts Penang Snapshots: Historic George Town Scenes and Penang Snapshots: George Town’s Clan Jetties.

Old building, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted shutters and palm tree in Little India

Crumbling old building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Crumbling old building

Painted Shuttered Windows and Balcony, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted shutters and balcony

Painted Chinese Shophouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Blue painted Chinese shophouse facade

Old Building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Shuttered windows on an old building

Painted Chinese Shophouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted doors and windows of an old Chinese shophouse

Historic Building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Battered old building with lovely muted colors

Painted Shuttered Windows, Islamic Museum, Syed Alatas Mansion, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted shuttered windows and decoration at the Islamic Museum in the Syed Alatas Mansion

Painted Chinese Shophouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted Chinese shophouse with decorative door and Chinese lanterns

Flower Pots Hanging in Window, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Flower pots hanging in the window of an old house

Historic Building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Fallen letters

Decorative Door, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Chinese Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Decorative door at Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Chinese Temple

Historic Building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Historic building and Chinese lanterns

Painted Door and Shuttered Windows, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Green painted door and shuttered windows

Painted Shuttered Window, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Blue shutters

Painted Windows, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Worn painted windows

Metal Tree Sculpture and Painted Shuttered Windows, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Metal tree sculpture outside painted shuttered windows

Painted Shuttered Windows, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted shutters

Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, Decorative Exterior, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Decorative exterior of Sun Yat Sen Penang Base

Painted Chinese Shophouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Old painted Chinese shophouse

Painted Shuttered Windows, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted shutters

Historic Building, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Crumbling building

Decorative Chinese Shophouse, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese shophouse with gold decorative door and colored tiles

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