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    Staircase to heaven???:

    I don't see any other purpose.

    The shop houses on the old reclaimed land is only partly occupied and few of the shops and businesses looked like open:

    But at least this Irish Pub was open for business:

    Very welcome after that walk along the river.

    An overly decorated Trishaw waiting for tourists at the Stadthuys:

    There were some with even mode outlandish decoration and loud music to go with it.


      That is it. Farewell to Malacca for this time.

      Here is our ride back home:

      A Rest Area along the North/South Highway had this fountain as it's centre piece:

      Nice shady place to stretch your feet:

      We stayed at the Jonker Boutique Hotel in China Town, which was quite nice and can be recommended to any CVF members that intend to visit Malacca in the future:


        Ombugge, I sent you a couple of PM's. Action?????

        "To thine own self be true.......
        Thou canst not then be false to any man."


        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          I haven't received any PM from you???

        • wherrygirl
          wherrygirl commented
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          That's weird, they're not in my Sent folder, either! All they said was that you had mistakenly doubled up on the water wheel at #72, instead of showing the modern hotel.

        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          Thanks. Now corrected.

        Back to Malaysia, but to Penang this time. The history of Penang is not as long as that of Malacca and there has been only one European Colonial Master (+ Japanese during WWII). Here is a brief history of Penang, or Prince of Wales Island as it was once called. Penang was also one of the Straits Settlements, together with Malacca and Singapore:

        Maybe the most interesting things in Penang is the many Colonial buildings still standing and in use. (Dilapidated and abandoned building already posted in the appropriate thread)
        Naturally the majority of such buildings exists in the Georgetown area, which was the centre of British colonial administration and trade from 1792 to 1957, but there are also the Hill station at Penang Hill, where the British administrators would go to get some reprieve from the oppressive heat during the SW Monsoon season (May to Sept.)

        There are also the Grand Villas of the rich Chinese merchants along the beach at Northam Road, many of which has been converted to commercial and institutional use. So let us start there. Here is one such Grand Villa which has been used as front for the modern Wawasan Open University:

        Some Grand Villas are still used as private residences though:

        This last one even with a statue of a soldier standing guard at the gate:


          This one has become a Restaurant with a fanciful name:

          Not sure whether this was once a Grand Villa or an institutional building:

          Not sure what it is used for now either.


            Queen Victoria Clock Tower has become something of a symbol of Penang:

            ​Built to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 by generous donation from the Chinese merchant Cheah Chen Eok.

            From the sunny side:

            Next to it is a modern decorative feature:


              One of the most famous old buildings in Penang that has been in continuous use since colonial days is the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of the Grand Hotels of the British Empire:

              ​Here is the entrance in the "Heritage Wing":

              The newer high-raised part, called Victory Annex,is only dated 2013:

              The seafront side of the E&O:

              This continue in front of the Victory Annex:

              I have stayed in the E&O a few times, but not this time.

              ​Another old Colonial Hotel in Penang is featured in the "dilapidated & abandoned buildings" thread. (For obvious reasons)
              The Bellevue Hotel on Penang Hill will be featured later.


                Now to the downtown Georgetown area. First along the seafront of Weld Quay on the East side of the peninsula where the British first established a settlement.

                This may not be a large and impressive building, but I like the roof garden:

                The Custom House, with a tall clock tower is typical of British Colonial style:

                It is obviously fertile ground, since plants and trees has established themselves on the facade:

                Newly restored commercial building:

                But the next door neighbour is in need of some attention:


                  Church Street Pier was were I first came ashore in Penang, back in 1960:

                  But it did not look like this at the time:

                  The Chartered Bank Building is not from the very early era, but typical of the style in the early 1900s:

                  This one was actually built in 1930.

                  The Islamic Council Building:

                  Formerly Penang Government Secretariat.

                  Immigration Office Building:

                  Town Hall:
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                    No tourist visit to Penang is complete without a visit to Fort Cornwallis.
                    It is situated on the very tip of the peninsula were the original British settlement was established to protect against attack by Kedah pirates and later the French, who had design on becoming a major force in S.E.Asia:

                    A shorter version:

                    The entrance drawbridge on the West side:

                    The moat around the fort has been filled in to avoid mosquito breeding.

                    The most prominent feature is the lighthouse and signal mast erected on the North East corner of the star shaped fort walls:

                    Around the base is a display of buoys and nav-adis used in the early days:


                      Views along the top of the North wall:


                        The fort was well armed:

                        Guns on the North wall are pointing menacingly at the Malaysian Navy Base:

                        They appears to have a bit more modern guns set up inside their base though:


                          This one appears to be aimed at the Lighthouse:

                          Portable gun:

                          The biggest gun is the Seri Rambai, which was originally Dutch:

                          What are the good of guns if you don't have dry gunpowder??:

                          Here is the Gunpowder Magazine, with its heavy curved roof:


                            The man that made it all possible:

                            Tourists are everywhere, mostly from China, Hong Kong and domestic Malaysians:


                              I mist a couple of old buildings. Here is the nicely restored Town Hall:

                              The Municipal Council of Penang Island building is under much needed restoration:

                              Next to Penang Hill, but that will have to a bit later.