Putting Penang’s waterfronts to work

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Penang’s waterfront precincts hold tremendous potential for the state’s heritage tourism as Singapore’s successes have clearly demonstrated. The Prangin Canal area, for example, can become Penang’s Clarke Quay.

Penang’s history and development has always been linked to the sea. Since the British East India Company sailed into Penang’s coastal waters and established George Town on the island’s north-east tip, waterways have configured Penang’s development in fundamentals ways.

The port’s waterfront was what convinced the British to continue maintaining the island beyond the first years, making it their first trading outpost east of India. Over time, settlements spread into the island and on the mainland, and inner George Town declined in importance.


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