Penang, an island which gained its name from the Betel Nut Tree was part of the British Colony in the 17th century. Over the years, Penang has gained the reputation as the Pearl of the Orient in South East Asia. In the year 2000, Penang was granted with the title of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This title further boosted Penang to fame and placed Penang as one of the top 10 places to visit and retire.
Georgetown being the capital of Penang, is the heart of the Penang Heritage Area. For Baby Boomer and Gen X Penangites, we recall from our history lessons that Penang was established as early as 1700s but she was not known till Captain Francis Light took over the island in 1786 under the banner of the East India Trading Company, which would then propel Penang into a duty free port of the early days.
Currently, the Penang UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site consists of the Core Heritage zone and the Buffer zone. The Core zone is cordoned by the famous Love Lane to the Clan Jetties and Gat Lebuh Melayu to Town hall from north to south.
The Buffer zone is just next to the Core zone and is cordoned from Transfer Road to Lebuh Carnavon, and from Lebuh Farquhar to Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong.
Lovers of culture, heritage and architecture will enjoy the great architecture from the straits era as well as taste the finest Penang food which are usually hidden in the many alleys within the Heritage Trail.