Predating both Melaka and Singapore, Penang was the first British settlement on the Malay peninsular. Initially established as a trading post by Captain Francis Light in 1786, the island, especially its major town, Georgetown, has seen travellers from all over the world make Penang their home ever since. Their presence is seen and felt strongly in the diverse architecture, places of worship, food and historic monuments around the Island.
Covering 285 sq km the island of Penang is by far the largest of any island in Malaysia. With jungle-covered hills, sandy beaches and such a cross-cultural heritage the island of Penang truly has something for everyone.
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