Hey, Penangites! We made it into a CNN list again and this time it’s about 13 of Asia’s most picturesque towns. This is the second time that we made it into CNN’s list. The first list that we were in was CNN Travel’s Best Places To Visit For Ultimate Asia Experience 2019. As Penangites, we should be proud because we’re part of something big and we’re getting the world’s recognition.
Penang Is One Of The 13 Most Picturesque Towns In Asia
Besides being a food paradise for all, Penang is also known for being part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Rich in culture and heritage, the region’s history dates back all the way to almost 500 years ago which is why George Town has a unique character that makes it a picturesque town. Our history and culture can be seen through the mix of pastel-painted shophouses and Chinese mansions, European government buildings, diverse religious buildings, festivals, music, food and fortresses.
The other country’s town that are included on this list besides George Town in Malaysia are Hoi An in Vietnam, Yufuin in Japan, City of Vigan in Philippines, Luang Prabang in Laos, Kampot in Cambodia, Kota Gede in Indonesia, Galle in Sri Lanka, Zhouzhuang in China, Mawlynnong in India, Ghandruk in Nepal, Sai Kung in Hong Kong and Phuket Town in Thailand. Congratulation to all the other towns that made it into this list as well!
George Town’s main landmarks include Fort Cornwallis, St George’s which is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and the elaborate City Hall. These landmarks are evidences from the region’s early history.
CNN did not leave out the amazing food as well! They’ve highlighted Penang’s famous dishes such as Char Koay Kak, Hokkien Mee, Rojak, Assam Laksa and Kaya Toast because Penang won’t be Penang without our food since it’s part of our identity. Hawker centers such as Sri Weld Food Court, New Lane Hawker Center and Cheapside Hawker Centre were highlighted in the article too.
Who would’ve thought that such a small island like Penang is so rich in history and culture, right? With the public holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time for you to explore around this island and be a tourist in your own town. You may even learn more facts that you never knew about this island. A big thank you to CNN Travel for featuring our town in your list!
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