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Heritage Sites in Malaysia

myMalaysiabooks give you some insights into the heritage sites of Penang, Melaka and Kedah, and links you the related heritage website of Malaysia and Singapore.

World Heritage Sites in Malaysia

George Town, PENANG

MELAKA (Malacca)

My Penang

Langkawi - Unesco Geopark

Gunung Mulu - World Heritage site

Stockade Inside Ffort Cornwallis, Penang Malaysia

Latest world heritage site (July 2008) is:

Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia) have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka demonstrates the early stages of this history originating in the 15th-century Malay sultanate and the Portuguese and Dutch periods beginning in the early 16th century. Featuring residential and commercial buildings, George Town represents the British era from the end of the 18th century. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and South East Asia.

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Melaka Heritage Site Malaysia





Historical Sites in Malaysia

History enthusiast should visit these states in Malaysia to learn about the many heritage sites

History of Malaysia

Penang - George Town boasts the largest collection of 19th and early 20th century houses in Southeast Asia.

Photos of heritage sites in Penang

Kedah - Kingdom of Bujang 4th century, largest archaeological site in Malaysia. Alor Star, the capital is also a historical enclave - Kedah boasts the oldest monarchy -sultanate in Malaysia and and second only to Japan.

Islands of Langkawi, Kedah - first UNESCO Geopark in South East Asia

Melaka - renowned port city of Malacca (14th century), Malacca Sultanate and History of Malacca; learn about Hang Tuah and the history along the Melaka Strait.

Perak - History of the state that is linked to Kedah and Melaka. The oldest archaeological finds - the Perak Man.


Artefacts found at Bujang Valley


Mulu Cave, Sarawak Malaysia

Mulu Cave, Sarawak


Penang Heritage Sites

myPenang, My Penang travel guideThe city of George Town, Penang has the largest cluster of pre-war buildings in South-East Asia.  Penang's (or Pulau Pinang) illustrious history of Asian migration and colonial influences has left behind some unique architecture which is still seen in George Town - Chinese clan houses, pre-war shophouses, temples and colonial buildings. See photos below.

     There's more to Penang that the buildings - the unique food and cultural practices,  which you can see in the streets and the lifestyle of the people. 

More about Penang's heritage sites and the Nyonya (Peranakan) culture in myPenang.


Heritage Sites in George Town

pre-war house, George Town, Penang

Pre-war house in George Town


Kek Lok Si, Air Itam, Penang Malaysia

Kek Lok Si temple


Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion/ Blue Mansion

Areal view of George Town

Aerial View of Carnavan Street, George Town

Khoo kongsi clan house, Penang, Malaysia travel guide

Khoo Kongsi (clan house)

Tan Kongsi, Chinese clan house or kongsi, Penang, Malaysia

Tan Kongsi (Tan clan house)


City Hall, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

City Hall, George Town

Peranak / Baba Nonya Museum, Penang, Malaysia

Peranakan Museum


Islamic museum, Syed Alatas building, Penang, Malaysia

Islamic museum or formerly the Syed Alatas Mansion

Armenian Street pre-war shophouses, Penang, Malaysia

Pre-war buildings in Armenian Street

prewar houses, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Pre-war houses in George Town


Pre-war house, Pulau Pinang / Penang, Malaysia

Facade of a pre-war house

E & O hotel, Penang Malaysia by mymalaysiabooks

E&O hotel

Yap Kongsi (Chinese clan house) and temple, Penang, Malaysia

Yap Kongsi temple


Ooi kongsi - Chinese clan house, Penang road, Penang, Malaysia

Ooi Kongsi (Chinese clan house)

Hakka temple, Penang Malaysia

Hakka temple


Clock tower, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Clock Tower


statue of Sir Francis Light, Penang, Malaysia

Statue of Francis Light

Shopping archade, heritage building, George Town, Penang

streets of George Town


Fort Cornwallis, Penang island, Malaysia

Fort Cornwallis

prewar houses, heritage buildings, Penang, Malaysia, Unesco World Heritage site

streets of Penang


Chinese Temple

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Nyonya (or Nonya) refers to the women who are descendents of the early Chinese settlers in Malaysia. Many Chinese men married the locals or adopted the some Malay cultural practices resulting in a unique culture which is a mix of Malay and Chinese. These people are referred to as the Peranakans or Baba and Nyonyas. Baba refers to the male descendents.

...Nyonya Food and recipes here


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Kongsi houses/ clan houses - Chinese clan house built by Chinese migrants to the Malaya during the 19th or 20th century


Pre-war houses/ buildings / shophouses - buildings built before the second world war. Refers to mainly buildings built in the 19th century and early 20th century. Many of these houses in the heart of the city are use for commercial purposes (called shophouses). Some serve as both residence above stairs and shop below.



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