Georgetown and its Street Art

Reblogged this from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 17 Dec 2013
Original content on this blog returns: 2 April 2018

The Heartlander Tourist

When Francis Light reached Penang, he founded a little town on the island. It was named George Town, after the King George III. The present city radiates out from the north east.

It’s colonial past preserved still in the inner city, in 2008, Georgetown was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Georgetown 1Georgetown was first founded as a trading port for the British, a place for the British to stamp their mark and compete against the French in Indochina and the Dutch in Batavia (modern day Indonesia). Penang was originally loaned from the Sultan of Kedah and later made a Straits Settlement of the British and a proper colony (after the war of 1790). It became a crown colony and the capital of the Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang and Malacca) until it was eclispsed by Singapore around 1830.

Georgetown is mostly made up of ethnic Chinese who arrived…

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