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What to Do in George Town, Malaysia

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The British founded George Town in 1786, but before that this area had always been a trading post. George Town is vibrant and alive, says Joe Rosli Sidek, the local shared some George Town favorites with us.
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Long Lama, Sarawak, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek, As Told To David Zuckerman
Name: Joe Rosli Sidek
Age:52
Where he lives:George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Occupation: A managing director at an industrial chemicalcompany, Joe also founded Community Works, a nonprofit that helps...
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77, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Here, we sell crafts made by the women who are involved with my Community Works project. 90 Lebuh Armenian sentuhan.org. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite places in...
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Padang Tengku, Pahang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Little India is very much a place for the senses: You see the beautiful saris and fabrics in the shops, you hear the Bollywood songs, and you smell the clove and nutmeg. Centered on Lebuh Pasar between Lebuh Penang and Lebuh...
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93, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek There are Indian coffee shops everywhere in George Town. Kapitan’s is newer, and they have the nicest roti. 93 Lebuh Chulia 60/4-264-1191. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Fuan, my friend of 30 years, shows his glasswork here in a renovated shop house. 88 Lebuh Armenian 60/4-262-9079 fuanwong.com. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite...
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25-A, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek The E&O was built in the grand old style by the brothers who built the Raffles in Singapore—the E&O came first. I go there Sundays for my breakfast and sit outside on the seafront. There’s a very nice spread with all...
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38, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek This café has a strange name, but it’s a beautiful little space. It’s run by a Swiss man, Urs Capol, and his wife, Teresa. Upstairs, Teresa has this amazing little museum with Indian and Baba-Nyonya collectibles. (Baba-Nyonya is...
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Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Built by a wealthy Mandarin, this is an opulent Chinese house but with a Gaudí thing going on—it’s got a Scottish wrought iron balustrade and art nouveau stained-glass windows. You can take tours or stay in the small...
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Alpha Utara Gallery, 83 China Street, 10200 Georgetown, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek A really interesting gallery that shows abstract and contemporary paintings by local artists. 83 Lebuh China 60/4-262-6840. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite...
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32, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek This is a nice upmarket restaurant in an old mansion. 32 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah 60/4-262-2232. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite places in George Town.