Looking from George Town, on the island of Penang, toward the Malaysian mainland. Penang is located in the Strait of Malacca, between mainland Southeast Asia and the indonesian island of Sumatera.
An early British fort in George Town. The British established a presence in Penang in 1786 an effort to control the strategically important Strait of Malacca. For similar reasons, the British also established a presence in the town of Melaka and in Singapore.
Captain Francis Light, who staked a claim to Penang on behalf of the British East India Company.
Penang City Hall at dusk.
Commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, this clock tower stands 60 feet tall, one foot for each year of H.M.'s reign.
"From its foundation by the Sarkies brothers in 1885, the E&O has been patronised by colonial administrators, planters as well as the local and international elite. Among its more famous guests are Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Today, it is still the choice for many of the world's most discerning travellers. " (Hotel website.)
Fortunately for Mr. Chen, imperial rather than metric units were the order of the day during the Victorian era.
Colonial era architecture, George Town.
Well, it used to be majestic.
Sign for a small mosque in George Town.
Chinese Buddhist temple. Ethnic Malays and Chinese each make up about 42 percent of the population of Penang.
The Jewish cemetery in Penang, established in 1805. The most recent burial here was in 1978.
Another view of the Jewish cemetery.
In memory of Abraham Reuben Ezekiel Abdullah Gubai.
Krishna temple, George Town.
Bollywood movie coming soon. A significant population of Indian descent lives in Penang.
Great Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Thai food is to be had in Penang.
Tropical fruits and nuts in a sidewalk stall on Penang Street.
Street vendor, George Town.
Restaurant, George Town.
This explains my lack of success. A Catholic school in Penang.
A sizable number of foreign workers make a living in Malaysia.
Unfortunately, they were closed, so I don't know what actually happens here.