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Georgetown Half Day Tour

On the north-east corner of Penang you’ll find its capital—Georgetown—named after Britain’s King George III.

Victoria Clock Tower
Victoria Clock Tower

We began our Georgetown tour from Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, just a stone throw away from the 1. Victoria Clock Tower and Penang Bitternut roundabout. The clock tower was built to commemorate the 60 years diamond jubilee of Queen Victory of Britain.

After three minutes of cycling along Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay), we took a quick stop at Jeti Jalan Gereja. We enjoyed the sights of The Star Cruise, private Tanjung Marina, Georgetown-Butterworth ferry jetties and the Penang Bridge on this clear sunny morning. It is a picturesque spot for tourists to take photographs.

Clan Jetties
Clan Jetties

We hopped on our bicycles and rode 5 minutes to 2. Clan Jetties of Penang, the traditional Chinese fishing settlements. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is hidden just a few steps away from the busy Pengkalan Weld. The narrow wooden path built above the shore was accessible only by feet or two wheelers, so we cycled along to see wooden houses at the Chew Jetty, the largest of the eight clan jetties named after the last names of the settlers (Chew Jetty, Koay Jetty, Lee Jetty, Lim Jetty, Peng Aun Jetty, Tan Jetty, Yeoh Jetty, Mixed Clans Jetty).

Secret Society, Lebuh Armenian
Secret Society, Lebuh Armenian

Stepping out of the Chew Jetty and across Pengkalan Weld, we entered the 3. Secret Society, Lebuh Armenian. Little did we know that the street was named after Armenian merchants who used to conduct business in Penang. The remaining structures are now maintained as a Heritage Site. Lebuh Armenian, Lebuh Cannon and Lebuh Acheh formed a square for many communities to gather together. There are also shops for tourists who fancy collectables like Nyonya beaded shoes and souvenirs. For cyclists, there are two unique bike shops to visit: one sells and rents vintage and unique bicycles, while the other stocks vintage and extremely old bicycle accessories that are difficult to find in modern bike shops.

Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh
Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh

Passing by the three “Lebuhs”, we dropped by Cheah, Khoo, and Yap Kongsi to rediscover the forgotten historical values of the three associations. The majestic 4. Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh (Acheen Street Malay Mosque) stands tall at the junction between Lebuh Cannon and Lebuh Acheh that was built in 1808 by Tunku Syed Hussain Idid, a wealthy and politically influential Acehnese merchant-prince. The surrounding area of the mosque was once a center for spice trade and the Hajj pilgrimage.

Muzium Islam Pulau Pinang
Muzium Islam Pulau Pinang

Sun Yat Sen Penang Base
Sun Yat Sen Penang Base

For those who appreciate art, you might want to take a break at coffee shops and cafes in the vicinity before continuing the tour. Many beautiful art pieces are on display in the art galleries, such as the 5. Muzium Islam Pulau Pinang (Penang Islamic Museum) and the 6. Sun Yat Sen Penang Base which was once the headquarters of revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple

On our bikes again, we travelled along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling to the 7. Goddess of Mercy Temple. Built in the 1800s, this oldest temple in Penang was once the hub for Chinese migrants to register themselves, seek for jobs and locate relatives around. If you arrive early at the temple in the morning, you will see beggars lining up for food supplied by the benevolent public.

Joss Sticks Maker
Joss Sticks Maker

Before taking our lunch, we took a short turn to Jalan Moda to see the 8. Joss Sticks Maker. Uncle Lee has been in the joss sticks-making business for 60 years. His tiny “factory” is known as the only handmade joss sticks maker in the country.

This predominantly flat road cycling tour was relatively easy for everybody. Friendly Penang motorists gave way to cyclists. The entire journey was 6.35km timed at 3:55 hours.

Cycling Route - Georgetown Half Day Tour
Cycling Route - Georgetown Half Day Tour

This cycling tour package is provided by: Capital One Leisure Sdn Bhd

No. 66 Penang Road, Lobby Arcade Cititel Penang, 10000 Penang. Tel : 04-262 3790

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:31
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