Georgetown, located in Penang, is
not just a major city but is considered the entire state’s capital, not just
Penang Island’s. Being a metropolis, the area has no problem when it comes to
transit efficiency. The Kelutong Expressway and the Penang Bridge are the main
roads used to lead residents in and out, mainly to other bustling areas like
Bayan Lepas and Gelugor. The North South Expressway in turn, leads drivers from
the area to greater parts of Malaysia. It also has ferry service at its station
Weld Quay and unlike many ferries; cars and motorcycles go along for the ride
as well as one can drive their vehicles inside the boat. Rapid Penang service
is available, naturally.
Inside, a multitude of amenities
and attractions await. So much so that it has been named as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, encompassing much of Malaysia’s joint history and culture within
its architectural construction. Another place to be given the honour is Melaka.
Among the many mansions, forts and temples, a few certainly stand out as
highlights that serve dual purposes; being tourist favourites and educational/
religious refuge for its residents. They are the Penang State and Islamic
Museums, St. George’s Church, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan Yin Teng Temple and Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist
Temple. Komtar Shopping Complex provides the retail options.