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Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Drive Around Georgetown, Penang

1. Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

Georgetown, the capital of Penang state in Malaysa was founded by Captain Francis Light on 11 August 1786. It was named after King George III (1738-1820). Certain areas of Georgetown had been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Driving along the streets of Georgetown for sightseeing is like a time travel back in history to our colonial past.

2. Georgetown Dispensary

"We are not makers of history. 
We are made by history."
... Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This building that housed the former Georgetown Dispensary was built in 1923. It is located at the junction of Beach Street and China Street. During those days when it was in operation, the main entrance with the signage of Georgetown Dispensary faced the junction. The dispensary was just behind the five-foot way of this building along Beach Street side.  

The stretch of road on the right side of this photo is China Street Ghaut. There is a side entrance with the signage "George Town Chambers". The access to the doctor's clinics and consultation rooms on the first floor and the lawyers' offices was via a staircase from this side entrance.

 “A Drive Around Georgetown, Penang”, a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com on September 8th, 2012.


Signages with nostalgic designs of long ago.

Images that transcends time.

Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi on Ah Quee Street is a Hokkien Association for the Lim clan.
Kew Leong Tong means  "Hall of Nine Dragons". You can read more here.

5. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

"History is a relentless master. 
It has no present, only the past rushing into the future.
To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."
... John F. Kennedy

6. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

"Geography has made us neighbors. 
History has made us friends. 
Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.
Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder"
... John F. Kennedy

7. Logan Heritage

8. Standard Chartered Bank Building Penang

9. Islamic Council Building in Lebuh Downing

10. Roundabout - Victoria Clock Tower and Pinang Metal Sculpture
Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and Pinang Fountain, a modern metal sculpture of the betel nut, the symbol of Penang.

11. Penang Immigration Office?

12. State Assembly Building



"We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last."
... John F. Kennedy

15. High Court Building?

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
... Thomas Jefferson


If history repeats itself,
and the unexpected always happens,
how incapable must Man be of learning from experience."
...George Bernard Shaw

17. Loh Si Tong Chong Seah (Loh Clan Association)

"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history."

18. Loh Si Tong Chong Seah (Loh Clan Association)

The moment in time: December 2010. Photos taken inside a moving car.
Can you help me identify the buildings?


My grateful thanks to Sharon for the info for pics 17 and 18.


  1. Looks like a beautiful drive around town.

  2. No.18 - Loh Si Tong Chong Seah - http://www.penang-traveltips.com/loh-si-tong-chong-seah.htm

    I don't know the history but it houses Tianyi Restaurant - we had our CNY Reunion Dinner there ^.^

  3. Always love to feel the building of SC Bank each time I passed by.

  4. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..


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