The last post includes my itinerary when I went there with other bloggers. This one is when I returned two months later, this time with my wife. Since I have been to some key attraction in Kuala Lumpur, I had to make my wife agree on a deal that we are going to skip some of the places I have already been to so that we can both try new ones. Still, the key attractions in Kuala Lumpur like Petronas Towers, Jalan Alor and Batu Caves couldn't be avoided. They are a must for first-timers like my wife.
The highlight of course was taking the 6-hour bus ride to Penang North of the capital.
3:00pm -ETA Shah Alam
OPTION: Leave for Penang
+ dinner at Seoul Garden
8:00pm -leave for the airport
DAY 5: Monday
WHERE TO STAY
SERI PACIFIC HOTEL
Shah Alam is the state capital of Selangor Malaysia. It is located in Petaling District about 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Kuala Lumpur. One of the mahor attractions here is the Blue Mosque, the 2nd largest mosque in Southeast Asia.
HOW TO GET TO THE BLUE MOSQUE
Take RapidKL bus number 63 or 338 from Kuala Lumpur and stop at the bus station near Maybank building in Shah Alam city centre. From here, take a taxi to the mosque area.
Take KTM Commuter until Shah Alam Station.From there, take the taxi (no other option) to the Blue Mosque which is approximately 5 minutes away.Taxi';s are metered so if you are good at haggling,you can win against the taxi drivers who would ask for a fixed rate of either RM10 or RM15. 10 is reasonable,15 is too much.
We bought a few small items here for pasalubong.
WHAT TO EAT
A pancake with a twist.I like the buttery,sweet taste.It definitely counts as one of my favorites now.I wonder though if this qualify for a rice cake.Apam Balik costs RM1 a piece.
1.Take the train to PLAZA RAKYAT,next to it is Puduraya Bus Station
where buses bound to Penang are.
2.You can either take the bus straight to Penang Island or as we did,
3. to Butterworth, then take the ferry to Georgetown Penang Island.
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Other than being named One of the 10 Greatest mansions in the World by Lonely Planet in 2011
CHEONG FATT TZE “Blue” MANSION was also recognized for the following:
- 2000 UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award
- 1995 Malaysian National Architectural Award For Conservation
- ASEANTA 2004 Excellence Award; Best ASEAN Cultural Preservation Effort
- 'Best Tourist Attraction 2003' Merit Award - Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts &
As the population of Indian Muslim settlers grew,a larger and more prominent mosque was necessary.Cauder Mohuddeen,their headman (Kling Kapitan) at that time,applied for a land grant for the new mosque.Eighteen acres was obtained in 1801 and construction began immediately."
This is what every major port that has been under a colonial power have something in common---- A military fortress.If Melaka has Fort Santiago and Manila has Intramuros,PENANG has Fort Cornwallis.To be accurate though, Fort Cornwallis served more as an administrative fortress rather than one for defense.
"A fort of 'Nipa Palm' was built by Captain Francis Light in 1786 and named it after the then Governor-General of India.It was rebuild in 1810 with a moat,this star shaped fort was used for administration rather than defense."
4. GEORGETOWN Core Zone
Walk around this zone and you will discover something interesting at every turn.
The 60-feet clock tower was commissioned by the wealthy Cheah Chen Eok.It was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.Each foot height represents a year in the Queen's reign.
The temple was founded in 1866 and is dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers,the goddess Mar Chor.The present building was built in 1895,restored in 1995.
Penang State Museum
Almost destroyed in World War 2 bombing,the building houses a vast collection of Penang historic artifacts.
Built between 1817 and 1818,it is considered as the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia.
The history of the Church is as old as the Church itself.It was set up not long after the landing of Francis Light and the arrival of the Eurasians from Kedah on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption.It was awarded the status of a Cathedral in 1955.
The Penang High Court premises were originally erected in 1903 as the Penang Supreme Court standing on the same grounds as the original courthouse dating back to 1809.Designated as National Heritage un 2005,the court buildings underwent major restoration work in 2007 during which an adjacent three-storey annex was added.
The Peranakans are a community of Chinese unique Penang and sorrounding region,They are locally called Babas and Nyonyas and are also called Straits Chinese,having settled along the British Settlements of Penang,Malacca and Singapore.The Peranakans adopted local Malay ways and British colonial lifestyle.These influenced its rich culture,customs,cuisine,language and lifestyle that are still evident in Penang today.
The PINANG PERANAKAN MANSION which is a typical home of a rich Baba a century ago is re-created to allow visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle,customs and traditions in those days.
The temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin,the goddess of mercy.The first foundation was laid in 1728 by Chinese settlers and completed in 1800.
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