Sunday, June 23, 2024

Malaysia: From Kuala Lumpur to George Town, Penang

The Ubudiah Mosque is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. The mosque, designed by the same British architect responsible for the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, was completed in 1917.

The Istana Kenangan Museum, or the Royal Museum of Perak, was a temporary palace for the Sultan while the main palace, the Istana Iskandariah Palace (below), was being built.

                            One of the bars at the colonial-era Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang.

                Many celebrities have stayed at the hotel, including Rudyard Kipling and Hermann Hesse.

Fort Cornwallis, the largest fort in Malaysia, was constructed by the British East India Company in the late 1800's.

                      The tower below was a gift from a prominent local businessman to Queen Victoria.

Many jetties continue to house various Chinese clans, who live and work on docks above the water.

                                The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Malaysia.


                                               A Protestant Church in downtown George Town.


 The Masjid Kapitan Keling is the first Mosque built in the area. Of more contemporary interest, the mural on the wall above commemorates the career of noted shoe designer Jimmy Choo, who began as an apprentice at a nearby, and now shuttered, family shoe business.

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