Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 8...

Today after a hearty breakfast, we decide to take the bus to George Town to have a look around. It only takes ½ hour to get there and cost 2RM each. We start the Heritage Walk by the residence of Ku Din Ku Meh (1848-1932), a Kedah Malay who was the administrator of Setul.

Residence of Ku Kin Ku Meh

As we walk along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shad, we come across Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, a grand and intricate estate built by one of the wealthiest tycoon of the turn of the 20th century. The mansion is a fusion of Oriental and Western architecture.

Cheong fatt Tze Mansion

We walk past the Cathedral of Assumption, Penang State Museum and St George’s Church.

St George's Church

Then turn into Esplanade Road to checkout the Town hall and City Hall.

Town Hall

Quietly walking along the seaside, we come closer to Fort Cornwallis. This fort was built by Francis Light after his landing on the island in the early 19th century; it served as military and administrative centre of the British east India Company, then was used by the Sikh police and now is a well looked after tourist attraction. We were surprise that the admittance cost was only 2RM each.

Clock Town seen from the wall of Fort Cornwallis

That is all I have time for tonight. I will be back tomorrow with more photos of our walking tour of the historic city of George Town.

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