Penang’s heritage wealth goes way beyond the Unesco site

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123 Jalan Macalister in 2012.

Outside of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site, historic and often majestic buildings do not enjoy the same protection that buildings within the Unesco site do. And this means that they are vulnerable to development, and demolition.

In May this year, an elegant bungalow on Jalan Macalister was torn down to make way for a new residential tower. e house, a Category 2-listed building designed by prominent Penang architect Chew Eng Eam, had stood there for the be er part of a century1. When the dust se led on the now empty lot, it became clear that there was a gap not only in the leafy historic streetscape of Jalan Macalister, but also in policy relating to heritage buildings outside George Town’s Unesco World Heritage Site (WHS).


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