Penang’s history has always been linked to the sea; her earliest urban development was as a sea-trading port city. Colonial sections of George Town have tended to be adjacent to the sea, rivers or waterways of the state.
These historical waterfront precincts, however, have atrophied through the centuries following the rise – and decline – of George Town since the city’s founding at the end of the 18th century.
The recent rise of heritage tourism offers some hope of reviving these neglected waterfront precincts, and transforming them into places where businesses can thrive, and people would actually want to visit.
The following are just some of Penang’s waterfronts, found on both the island and the mainland. Some are already thriving, while others have yet to fulfil their potential...