HISTORIC CITIES OF THE STRAITS OF MALACCA;
MELAKA AND GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA
Residents: 222, 200 (2017, UN)
Visitor Data: Not Available
Developed over 500 years of mercantile and cultural exchange across the Straits of Malaca, photogenic George Town features British-colonial influenced architecture, merged with predominantly Malay, Chinese, and Indian heritage, amongst others. Due to the intermingling of various ethnicities, the town has also gained a reputation as a foodie paradise.
George Town is the capital of the Malaysian state of Penang and is the country’s third most populous city. Its historical core has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Melaka as Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca, since 2008. George Town World Heritage Site can easily be explored on foot, bicycle or rickhaw as it is only 2.5 square km at its core.