Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia
Make your way to the Blue Mansion, dating back to the 1880s and snap a photo from outside or take a tour of its 38 rooms. Or check out the Pinang Peranakan Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, where you'll see intricate Peranakan clothing, jewellery and the history of the island and people.
Street art of a boy riding a motorcycle in Penang, Malaysia
Walk through George Town to experience Penang's historic architecture – be sure to make frequent stops to sample the famous street food, with dishes like char koay teow, fried strips of rice cake with soya sauce, sausage and shrimp. Stroll around the UNESCO zone and check out the unique street art, often with historical or political undertones.
Penang is rich in distinctive architecture from many of the world's religions. See the fresco-covered Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, the only Burmese temple outside of Myanmar with your cruise to Penang. Check out Taoist Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple – built in 1728, it's Penang's oldest religious site. Or head to Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colourful soldiers and goddesses.
Penang is world-renowned for its street food. Snack on an oyster omelette, in which oysters are fried with eggs and spring onions and made crispy with rice flour. Experience the region's Indian influence with tandoori chicken and naan bread. Try Penang's signature dessert, cendol – shaved ice with coconut milk topped with palm sugar, sweet beans and green gummies made from pandan leaf jelly.
The Penang Perankan Mansion houses historic beaded shoes of Nonya design – look for replicas in the shops and street vendors throughout George Town. Check out the Chowrasta Bazaar for handmade clothing, antique watches, traditional fans and other unique finds.
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