Welcome to Penang for the New Year 2016   Leave a comment


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Welcome to Penang for the New Year 2016

Country Malaysia
State Penang
District North-East Penang Island
Founded 1786
Municipality established 1857
Granted city status 1957
Government
• Mayor (Datuk Bandar) Patahiyah Ismail
Area
• City Centre 305.773 km2 (118.060 sq mi)
• Metro 2,740.000 km2 (1,057.920 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13.1 ft)
Population (2010)
• City Centre 510,996
• Density 4,299/km2 (11,130/sq mi)
• Metro 2.5 million
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
• Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)

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George Town (also less commonly spelt as Georgetown) is the capital and largest city of the state of Penang, Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 510,996, while the metropolitan area, also known as the George Town Conurbation, has a combined population of 2.5 million, making it the second largest metropolitan area and the biggest northern metropolis in Malaysia.

The settlement was declared a city in 1957 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2015, Penang island, on which George Town is located, was also awarded city status.

The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The enclave consists of colonial architecture built during the heyday of British rule over the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore and Malacca), mixed with Chinese shophouses, five foot ways and places of worship of various religions. George Town is awarded the UNESCO listing for its “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia”.

George Town is also known as Tanjung (“The Cape”) in Malay, Qiáozhì Shì (乔治市) in Chinese and ஜோர்ஜ் டவுன் (Georgetown) in Tamil. Its Malay name is derived from the older name of the town, Tanjung Penaga (“Cape Penaigre”).

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

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Coat of Arms of the Municipal Council of Penang Island

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The Districts of Penang

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Coat of Arms of Penang
Nickname(s): Pearl of the Orient
Motto: Bersatu dan Setia (Malay)
United and Loyal
Let Penang Lead (unofficial)
Anthem: Untuk Negeri Kita (“For Our State”)

Extracted from Wikipedia

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Map of Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia is commonly known as Malaya while the eastern part across the sea are States of Sarawak and Sabah.
State of Penang is marked in RED.
Penang Coordinates: 5°24′N 100°14′E

Have a Happy, Peaceful and Fruitful New Year in 2016.

SP Lim

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