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Old Penang townhouses

Penang or Georgetown would have to be one of the best places in Asia for walking tours, especially if you like old, heritage buildings. In Asia’s rush for economic prosperity most of the old residential houses and buildings are slowly being replaced by modern high rises.

Thankfully Georgetown is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site ensuring its architecture will survive rampant development.

If I had the cash I would buy and renovate of these townhouses. There are still plenty of unrenovated buildings. Some of the renovated places have been made into backpacker hostels, art galleries, residences and tea houses.

This place looks like it is for sale, with a price of around 300,000 ringgit, which is less than US$100,000 – a bargain if this is right.

Penang architecture

Another renovator’s delight.

Penang architecture

And finally in the same street a renovated place, which I believe is owned by a French guy. I had a peek inside the other day when the door was open and it looks great inside also.

Penang architecture


1 James G - Expat Rock Star { 02.23.09 at 3:51 am }

The same thin has happened to the cool Dutch areas of Jakarta, Indonesia – they have ether been demolished or are completely falling apart. The old Dutch area is also one of the most crime ridden areas of Jakarta so that doesn’t help ether. I would love to see a developer come in and restore the areas, I love the old colonial areas of Asia

2 Jenny { 02.23.09 at 6:33 pm }

For some reason, they look like good movie scenes. Western even

3 Nomadic Matt { 03.01.09 at 7:35 am }

i like how they both look. the old ones give an air of history

4 Talen { 03.02.09 at 12:56 am }

Wow! They are absolutely beautiful. I would love to get a hold of one and renovate it.

5 jason { 03.02.09 at 2:38 am }

Should maintain the old look and will give you the reflection of his history.

6 smallplanet { 03.12.09 at 11:57 pm }

Hi, nice post :)

Penang is really an amazing historical place to visit in Malaysia. I visited once and feel like visiting again :) All the buildings, temples, architecture.. everything is just amazing …

I put up some information about Penang Travel Guide in my blog . Please visit and have some comments .. Hopefully I will visit Penang soon :)

cheers …

7 Mr Whattaworld { 08.29.09 at 12:38 pm }

I love the shophouses in Penang, not as neat as Singapore but it looks very good as it is…

I was there a month ago and I fell in love with the place…


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