EXPLORING PENANG : TOURING GEORGETOWN BY FOOT AND BY BIKE

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On our last full day in Penang, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and were dropped off at Penang’s famous art street. However, instead of hunting down the street art, I decided to walk down the streets to explore the city as a whole.

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The city of Penang has a good mix of the old and the new while keeping the heritage and history of the island. It’s filled with culture, art and life.

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Along the streets, you can find bicycles, tandem bikes and quadricycles which you can rent for a couple of hours. However, some of them are really overpriced, up to RM40 an hour, so I would advice you to rent at a rental shop instead. My friend and I rented out a tandem bike at Freedom Bike Rental, for only RM20 from around 1.30PM until 6PM.

I can’t go into the details of our little tour because we were literally just passing by the streets but I’ll try to give as much information as I can.

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MADE IN PENANG (3D ART MUSEUM)

I’m not a huge fan of 3D art museums, or art museums in general. For someone who claims to be a fan of art, I really don’t find actual art/paintings as fascinating as music, fashion etc. Since it’s part of the trip, I went in anyway, just for the team.

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Before going in, I grabbed a bite at a small shop by the entrance. There, I had vegetarian Penang Laksa, which is unheard of because the soup of a Penang Laksa is typically made of fish. I added an egg to my bowl of Penang Laksa so it wasn’t vegetarian anymore but without the egg, it’s vegetarian. I heard someone say it’s a vegan Penang Laksa and I had a strong urge to correct him but I didn’t because I didn’t want to get into trouble.

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CHOO CHAY KEONG (YAP) TEMPLE

This temple is located at the corner of Armenian street, along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. I’ve never been inside a temple before so I was thrilled to finally tick that off my bucket list. The architecture and sculptures of the building are absolutely stunning, I can’t find enough words to describe it.

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PENANG PERANAKAN MANSION

The Penang Peranakan Mansion is a place I really wanted to visit in Penang and knowing me, I always do whatever I put my mind to. With the help of Waze, we managed to cycle from Victoria Street to Church Street to check this place out. The Penang Peranakan Mansion showcases the life of a rich Baba of Penang (from the Babas and Nyonyas) who adopted a prominent amount of Eurocentric culture while still maintaining some of his Chinese heritage. The entrance fee is RM21.20 (including GST) for each adult. The price seems a bit steep but considering there are six houses in the mansion with a tour guide to brief you on each detail of the house, I think it’s pretty worth it.

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PENANG FERRY

Since we were staying in Butterworth, we decided to ride the ferry on our trip back from Georgetown. The ferry trip has been super hyped up and it was time we put it to the test. The Penang Ferry can be reached by walking along Victoria Street towards Victoria Inn Hotel, turn right before the entrance of the hotel and walk straight towards the pedestrian bridge and use the pedestrian bridge to cross the road to the ferry terminal. I hope that doesn’t sound confusing. The ferry is RM2 for a round trip from Butterworth to Georgetown and back to Butterworth (Butterworth-Georgetown-Butterworth), which means coming from Georgetown to Butterworth is free and coming from Butterworth to Georgetown is RM2. We were in a rush so I didn’t take that many pictures, especially because I was so tired.

If you’re planning on doing your own exploring in Georgetown, make sure you have a GPS with you. If you can’t read maps, you can definitely use Waze. I am aware that I have not explored enough of Penang so I really need to go back on my own means, to explore Penang at its full potential.

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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