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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


Penang Snapshots: Historic George Town Scenes

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural mosaic of food, arts and architecture, language and religion, I immediately fell in love with historic George Town on the island of Penang in Malaysia on my second visit after many years.

These photos taken on my meanderings by foot one full day and a few hours early the next morning just touch the surface. I’ll be posting more and I’ll definitely be returning for a longer visit!

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Chinese temple

Hok Teik Cheng Sin, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese temple courtyard and lanterns, Hok Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Hok Teik Cheng Sin, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Close-up of Chinese lanterns, Hok Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Alleyway, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Alleyway

Alleyway, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Alleyway with hanging laundry

Mahamariamman Temple, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Mahamariamman Temple, a Hindu temple in Little India

Flower sellers, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Flower sellers in Little India

Lam Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Lam Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi Chinese temple

Bicycle shop, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Bicycle shop in Armenian Street

Loo Pun Hong, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Loo Pun Hong Chinese temple

Old building with washing line in the street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Old building with washing line in the street

View from inside noodle shop, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

View from inside noodle shop of food cart vendor selling sweets

Festival fire in street outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Festival fire in the street outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple celebrating Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival

Incense burning at Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Giant, colorful incense burning at Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple celebrating Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival

Temple goods store seller, Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Temple goods store seller outside Kong Hock Keong or Goddess of Mercy Temple during Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations

Qaryah Masjid Jamek Benggali Mosque, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Qaryah Masjid Jamek Benggali Mosque against a stormy sky

Tokong NG Fook Thong Temple, Cantonese Districts Association, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

The Cantonese Districts Association Tokong NG Fook Thong Chinese temple

Rickshaw, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Colorful rickshaw with driver taking a break on the pavement reading a newspaper

Kapitan Keling Mosque, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kapitan Keling Mosque against a stormy, late afternoon sky

Crumbling old building, Love Lane, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Crumbling old building in Love Lane

Rickshaw taxi stand, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Rickshaw taxi stand with motorcyclist riding on pavement

Cycling past old building and metal street art, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Lady cycling past old building with metal street art on the walls

Street food cart, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Street food cart in the early morning sunshine

Flower stalls, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Flower stalls in Little India bathed in early morning sunshine