Penang

Penang, Malaysia

Penang is a state in Malaysia which is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. It is the second smallest state in Malaysia in the area after Perlis and is the eighth most populous. It inhabits around 1,520,143 people.

Location

It is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Kedah in the north and east, and Perak in the south.

Climate

Penang has been a tropical island just like other parts of Malaysia. It has little rain except during the southwest monsoon season, i.e. from April to September. The temperature of the state varies from 30-32 degree Celsius.

Penang Island Towns

Penang has various small islands such as Air Itam, Bagan Jermal, Balik Pulau, Bandar Baru Aur Itam, Batu Maung, Batu Lanchang, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Pantai Aceh, Pulau Tikus, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Kumbar, Sungai Nibong, etc.

Language

The most common languages of Penang are Malay, Madarin, English, Penang Hokkien and Tamil. Mandarin is increasingly spoken now-a-days.

Religion

There are various religions namely Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Chinese Ethnic, etc.. Each community performs their own religion and rituals. There was a little-known community of Jews in Penang, mainly along Jalan Zainal Abidin.

Education

Penang has various learning centers such as Vocational schools, religious schools, Chinese independent high schools, Penang Chinese girls private high school, Phor Tay high school, Missionary schools, etc.. Various universities and colleges are also there such as Penang Medical college, Universiti Sains Malaysia, etc.. All of them provide quality education to the students.

Banking

Penang was once the main center of banking in Malaysia, when Kuala Lumpur was a small outpost. Standard Chartered Bank was the oldest bank in Malaysia. Other banks like HSBC, RBS, etc… were there. Even now these banks hold a great status in this state.

Festivals

A large number of festivals celebrate there such as the Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Qing Ming, Deepawali, Thaipusam, Thai Pongal, Hari Raya,  Bon Odori, etc.

Cuisine

Penang is also popular for its variety of cuisines such as noodles, fresh seafood, etc. The best places to savor this luscious cuisine are Gurney Drive, Pulau Tikus, New Lane, New World Park, Penang Road, Chulia Street, etc.

 Shopping

Various plazas and malls are there that provide quality shopping material. Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon, Avenue Penang, Komtar, Queensbay mall, Penang times square and Sunway Carnival Mall are some of the popular shopping centers of this state.

Transportation

Penang is well connected by road, rail, sea and air. Various bridges, highways are there that connect to the other cities and states of Malaysia. Also, it directly connects to the other countries of the world by air.