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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Penang Town Hall - A Penang World Heritage Site

This is a continuation of my walk down the Esplanade area in Penang. This colonial building is the Penang Town Hall. I am very thankful that this historical heritage site is still well preserved. There is a beautiful open field, Padang Kota Lama in front of this majestic building.

The construction of the Penang Town Hall began in 1879  was completed by 1883. It had an assembly hall, and a grand ballroom. The Prince of Wales Library was moved here and renamed the Penang Library. With further extension of an annex in 1890, a porch and top floor added in 1903 and a cement plastered left wing in 1930, the Town Hall was complete.

"Penang Town Hall", a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com/ on April 17th, 2011.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the Penang Town Hall was
  1. Social meeting place for the rich and famous and a venue for theatrical performances and bangsawan plays.
  2. The Wesley Church held services here 
  3. It was a location shoot for the movie Anna and the King, the courtroom segment of which was filmed here in 1999.
The Penang Town Hall, was gazetted as a historic monument on 29 July 1993.

This is my entry for Scenic Sunday, the link is here.


  1. Nice! Great contrast of a new Bas Sekolah against the historic monument in the back ground. tQ

  2. I really hope nobody will start to think to paint this building with outrageous colors,,,,they love to do this,don't they, in the name of tranforming,,,,

  3. It is a beautiful building, great shot!

  4. Actually I waited a long time for this bus to move so that I can take a better shot of the building. When it still didn't move, I had to move :(

  5. Such a magnificent colonial building! It's really white!

  6. Lovely building - it reminds me of buildings in Brighton on the south coast of England. Thanks for sharing!

  7. great photos with informative post..thanks for sharing

    my scenic photos are up

  8. almost like ipoh town hall..all white..

  9. Thanks for following my travel-i-tales, AB. So happy to have you following.
    I particularly like the bas sekolah shot.Your shot is actually a historical documentation of the school bus transportation system which might disappear in the next few decades?

  10. Pretty classic building, shamefully we never stop by whenever we tour Penang!:p

  11. It is good to know that Penang has maintained these buildings all the while...

  12. I love walking around light and beach streets, the buildings there are too charming


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