Updated at 2022-04-16
Penang is one of Malaysia’s 13 states. It is highly urbanized and industrialized, as well as a beautiful cultural area. Ethnic Chinese people account for over 40 percent of Penang’s population. They migrated south to Penang from southern China as early as the 18th century, and formed Penang’s multicultural society alongside Indians, Europeans, and Malays. Famous Penang landmarks that are depicted on this hanging scroll include Sri Mahamariamman Temple, trishaws, Komtar Complex, Kek Lok Si Temple, The Habitat Penang Hill, Penang Ferry, Penang Bridge, Jubilee Clock Tower, Fort Cornwallis, and Snake Temple.
Area: 1,049 square kilometers
Population: 1.7806 million
Main industries: the main industries are trade, industry, tourism, and agriculture. The high-tech industry is regarded as an important economic foundation, and Penang’s efforts to become a high-tech software production center led to it being dubbed “Silicon Valley of the East.”
City/region features: George Town, the capital of Penang, was established in 1786 and inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network also classified it as a gamma level city.