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  • Alfred C
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia7 contributions
    This street are full of shop selling tourist sourvenir, drinks and food. but dont let that distract you from appreciating the history behind this street. This street is attributed to the Armenian Family that contributed to the development of george town including E&O hotel that was part of the heritage. at the end of this street there was Two famous street art ( 1 bicycle and another one a boy trying to reach for a fruit which sadly gave way to development).
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • BenYorkie
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,377 contributions
    We were not sure what we would find when we went off to these gardens. But - happily - we were very pleasantly surprised. Well laid out, well kept, the plants and tress are well labelled. A very enjoyable stroll through a set of gardens with a lot of variety and different views to enjoy.
    Only problem is that some of the plant house cannot be entered at the moment because of Covid.
    One complaint - the Japanese garden needs a lot of work - it is quite scruffy/untidy.
    But - we had a good visit and would put it on out agenda to go again when next in Penang.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • youwahlai@SEU338E
    Kluang, Malaysia87 contributions
    A nice place to spend a little time looking around. The wooden houses are unique as they are built above the water. Along the walk, many souvenir shops and also food stalls are available there.
    Written 16 June 2021
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  • Terry
    Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
    We found this site more interesting than the other temples we visited. Technically a mass burial site, it was great history and some interesting architecture.
    Written 1 December 2020
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  • Voyager65169
    Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
    Run by Georgetown seashore and passing by this commercial and authentic street. Had a revigorating replacement breakfast at HS Colazione Healthy Station at 352 Lebuh Chulia
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Lian Tiong G
    Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,600 contributions
    The last visit to this Plaza was almost two years ago. Still vibrant inspite of the unprecedentsl Coronavirus aka COVID-19. Spacious and many shop outlets and eateries and cafes. Multistorey parking place. Large weekend crowd and shoppers. SOP for safety and social distancing applies.
    Written 22 August 2020
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  • BABA JERRY KONG
    Penang, Malaysia40 contributions
    A creative community hub in George Town. Home to arts, events spaces, and creative business outlets. Good food are there too!
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Pedroo
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia16 contributions
    very big temple with all glittering gold cover... quite different with Thai temple... cannot find such big & nice burmese temple out of Myanmar... You should drop by on the way from George Town to Batu Ferringhi. ..
    Written 9 June 2021
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  • BenYorkie
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,377 contributions
    Komtar itself is in a bit of a time warp but there are two other interlinked malls so your selection of shopping choices is quite a lot.
    And everything - clothes , shoes, phones, IT accessories, hardware, DIY - from top to bottom.
    Worth a visit to soak in some local culture and retail therapy :-)
    Written 1 January 2021
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  • chrisjavassal
    Pulau Redang, Malaysia425 contributions
    Seems to the little brother of Gurney Plaza Mall next to each other.
    Quite empty and boring for being honest.
    Went there for the H&M store where the staff is particularly unfriendly with an impersonal service... new fashion, new style? Maybe but they should not forget that if no guests, no stores, no jobs...
    Anyway not much more to say.
    Food court is pricey including the supermarket with some overseas/expats articles...
    Written 21 November 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,213 contributions
    Regularly during my stay in George Town I used to pass by this mosque, right in the center of the old town. There is a big lawn around it and the building is in the typical Indo-Saracenic or Moorish style, so popular during the days of the British Empire in this part of the world. There are domes and arches and a minaret standing separately.

    The mosque is the largest in town, but also the oldest, going back to the times of Sir George Leith, the Lieutenant-Governor of Penang. At the beginning of the 19th century he granted to the leader of the 'Chulia's', as the Muslim Tamils immigrants here were known, the land to build a mosque. Not far from the mosque is Lebuh Chulia, one of the most famous street of George Town. The name is derived from the once famous Chola Empire in southern India, who had expanded all the way to Indonesia.

    'Kapitan' was in early British times the title for a leader of an Ethnic community. 'Keling' is a Malay name for Indians, referrring to the historical Kalinga Empire in central East India. Once it had been a neutral word, today it is considered derogatory. The Kapitan Keling mosque, the way we see it now, is mainly the result of an enlargement in the 1930's. It is open to non-Muslims, except at prayer time, and tours are offered.
    Written 1 October 2020
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  • DaudRay
    Penang Island, Malaysia156 contributions
    This is a very interesting place to see traditional Chinese religion being enthusiastically practiced by both young and old, traditional as well as modern looking Chinese people. They no longer allow burning jos sticks into the temple, which limits the photographic opportunities. But it's still interesting to see.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • Explorer
    Klang, Malaysia81 contributions
    A place that everyone should go. every step is worth the climb. The new temple is amazing. you will be wondering how they manage to build that is such a location. It's a miracle. Very calm and peaceful. A good place to meditate.
    watch out for monkeys. Avoid bringing food and you may be attacked
    Written 4 March 2022
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  • pianocello
    Shah Alam, Malaysia1,170 contributions
    Rather old and tired-looking mall. The car park is a dump. Nonetheless we were able to make the best of our visit here. There were some good bargains and there's a good restaurant- Little Oasis here.
    Written 2 August 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,213 contributions
    Lebuh Cannon is a small street in the historical center, which connects Lebuh Armenian with Lebuh Acheh. Coming out of the clan temple Khon Kongsi at Cannon 18 I walked to a little café called 'Bird's Nest' at Cannon 12 (not in Tripadvisor).

    As it says in the name their speciality is 'Yan Wo', a soup from the nest of swiftlets. It can be had cold or hot and is a quite expensive delicacy. My cold variety was served with longan, red dates and goji berries. With it I had another speciality: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, which I also drank cold. It contained lime, honey, water and blue ice cubes thanks to the flowers of butterfly peas, which coloured the whole drink. There was pleasant outdoor seating by a mango tree, from where one could watch the passersby on Cannon street.
    Written 23 September 2020
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