A Holiday In Georgetown, Penang.
Penang’s capital city was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on the 7th of July 2008. Named after King George III, walking down the streets of Georgetown is like walking through the paths of colonial history, with its well-preserved cultural and historical heritage. Established as an entrepôt by Francis Light of the British East India Company in 1786, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia, and together with Singapore and Malacca, George Town was governed under the Straits Settlements, as a British crown colony in 1867. Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores, it acquired a sizeable eclectic assortment of colonial and Asian architectural styles. It also gained a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital for its distinct and ubiquitous street food. The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a colonial-style hotel that was established in 1885 by the Armenian Sarkies brothers from Iran; Martin, Tigran, Aviet, and Arshak. They also built the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.