The Island of Penang was part of the Malay sultanate of Kedah until 1786, when Captain Francis Light built a fort at the site of present-day Georgetown and managed to get the island ceded to the British East India Company. The island, along with Malacca and Singapore, was one of the three British Straits Settlements. It’s located at the end of the Malacca straits and at the beginning of the Andaman Sea, preceded by Langkawi and Southern Thailand. The most prominent trait of Penang is certainly its rich multicultural history which is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. Penang is also well known for being the “food heaven” of Malaysia.
|Languages||English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hokkien)|
|Currency||Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)|
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