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This is about my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Cambodia. The first part is pre-trip - information about flights, itineraries, accommodation and all the things that you need to do to plan an overseas holiday. This is my first trip to Asia and I hope it may help others. Comments are very welcome and anyone who has travelled to Malaysia and/or Cambodia, please feel free to comment and offer any advice or tips that you think would be helpful. As of today ( 28th February) , in exactly 11 days (minus 30 minutes) I will be in Kuala Lumpur.

I had the most amazing time and hope you enjoy reading about my trip. Each post is numbered and I'm doing them in order from start to finish - a little like a diary.



90. Heritage and Culture

Georgetown - UNESCO Heritage City
Here are a few more buildings I liked. Most are heritage and were built in the 19th century or early 20th century.

Above: Leong Yin Kean Mansion
This Italian-style villa was built in 1926 by Leong Yin Kean, son of tin magnate Leong Fee. The architect was Charles Joseph Miller, and it was known back then as Leong Yin Kean's George Town Garden House. It was modelled after the opulent villas in London's Regent's Park.
Today, it is better known as "Thirty Two at the Mansion" - an upmarket restaurant housed in the building.

Above: Cathedral of the Assumption
""One of the earliest religious landmarks in Penang, the Cathedral got its name from the day the first group of Roman Catholic Eurasians from Kedah landed in Penang in 1786, which was the eve of the Feast of the Assumption."
Originally founded at Church Street by Father Garnault in 1786, the church was later moved to Farquhar Street in 1802. The building that you see today was built in 1860 by Father Manissol and because of its religious role in Penang was given the status of Cathedral in 1955.

Above: Kapitan Keling Mosque
The Kapitan Keling mosque was built at the beginning of the 19th century is the largest historic mosque in Penang. It has yellow domes and was enlarged more than once and the minaret dates back to 1916. It is the place of wirship for the Indian muslim community.

Above: Uptown Bistro
Built in 1924, the Uptown Bistro is a great pub where people enjoy the George Town nightlife. There is a live band nightly (Chinese pop) and a beer garden in the courtyard. Some years ago the building was painted purple, but thankfully has been repainted. I really like the current paint job, it's so much better don't you think?

Above: Penang Museum
The Penang State museum re-opened after a major renovation. The exhibits are organised according to the various communities in Penang, their customs and costumes, historic places, houses of worship and so on. Among the original collections on display are a hand-written Quran and old Malay weapons.

Above: Institute of Trading & Development
The photo is a little blurry as we were moving at a fairly fast pace. I haven't been able to find much information about this building other than the name.

Above: Dewan Sri Pinang
Dewan Sri Pinang is a multi-purpose auditorium built in the early 1970's and serves as a venue for live performances. It also houses the Penang State Art Gallery and showcases a permanent collection of local artists as well as special exhibitions. Although not a heritage building, I have included it here for its cultural purposes.

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