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GEORGE TOWN HISTORIC ENCLAVE

GEORGE TOWN HISTORIC ENCLAVE
Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia
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BACKGROUND

George Town, established as a British trading port in 1786, displays its vivid and varied cultural heritage through the array of buildings and architectural styles found along its streets. Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cultural influences are evident in the more than 5,000 houses, shops, schools, churches, mosques, temples, and shrines. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2005, through support from WMF and American Express, an 1870s structure within the George Town Historic Enclave was restored and used by the Penang Heritage Trust as a model to further its mission to protect the most significant buildings in the community. Modern renovations and additions were removed and replaced by historically sensitive materials in traditional architectural styles. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

George Town Historic Enclave contains one of the largest surviving ensembles of pre-Second World War buildings in Southeast Asia—numbering numbering nearly 5,000 and including vernacular and religious structures. Additionally, the city has maintained some first-generation brick buildings in the old historic core that date between 1790 and 1870. (...)