Georgetown is an excellent blend of history and contemporary Malaysia. Also known as George Town.
The city offers excellent facilities for Muslim travellers and is among the most visited destinations in Malaysia. There are several halal friendly hotels in Georgetown where one can find halal facilities. There are numerous wonderful attractions in the city including the Penang Islamic Museum that is a favourite of travellers. The KapitanKeling Mosque is among the historic buildings in the city built in the 19th century. The mosque is visited by worshippers all five times of the day all throughout the week.
The history of Georgetown dates to the colonial times and a number of historical buildings can be seen dating to that era. Some of the notable historic buildings include the Fort Cornwallis, which is built on the site where the founder of Penang first landed. A walk down the Armenian Street takes visitors through some of the best historical works of architecture. The Little India quarter in the city has several shops selling religious items. The Penang Peranakan Mansion is an ideal example of the eclectic style of architecture that was used by the wealthy Peranakan families. The Penang State Museum is also good to visit, as it details the history and heritage of the area.
The main shopping in the city is centred in the street markets of Georgetown. There are several small shops selling affordable accessories and clothing. Visitors should try shopping at the Little Penang Street Market, Little India and at the LorongKulit Flea Market. The city also features various shopping malls including the Gurney Plaza, Penang Plaza, Queensbay Mall and Island Plaza.
The Penang International Airport is the nearest airport to Georgetown. The airport is located about 16 Km from the city centre. It is the third busiest airport in Malaysia and is well-connected to the major cities of Malaysia and international destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan.
The most affordable way of travelling from the airport to the city is by bus. Buses leave every 30 minutes from the airport between 6:35 AM and 11:00 PM. Taxis can also be availed from the airport for RM 40.
For Muslim travellers Georgetown offers a variety of halal restaurants. The best halal restaurants in Georgetown include the Sunway Hotel, NS NasiKandar, etc. There are several alleys across the city where visitors can find delicious halal street food. The Hutton Lane especially has some good halal food stalls where visitors can find authentic Malay cuisine.
Georgetown has a number of Mosques. The KapitanKeling Mosque is among the oldest mosques in the city and is known for its typical architecture. The other prominent mosques in Georgetown include Masjid Pakistan, Masjid Jamek HJ Wahab and Masjid Jamek Sungai.