Penang (old name as George Town), Malaysia has a long and rich history behind its progress to its current state. Over the centuries, combining both colonial occupation and active spice trades of foreign elements like the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, British with influx of immigrants from China, India, Burma, Thailand has made Penang blending local customs/culture into a unique society of its own and such identity is not easily found in other part of the world. Penang was once referred as Prince of Wales Island (name used until after 1867) in honour of the heir to the British throne. Penang was actually the first British possession in the Malay States and Southeast Asia. In 1826, Penang, along with Malacca and Singapore, became part of the Straits Settlements under the British administration in India, later coming under direct British rule in 1867 as a Crown Colony. George Town was once became the capital of the British interest in the far east of the Straits Settlements. The Post-Independence period saw Penang slowly emerged itself as one of the most prosperous state in Malaya.
The smart move by the government in setting up of electronic free trade zone back in the '70 and '80 saw Penang emerging into one of the most important electronic hub in the world, supplying key components for many global brand names such as Dell, Hewlett Packard, AMD, Intel, National Semiconductor etc.
Even today, after 40 years of intensive development of the electronic industries which resulting Penang has a highly skilled local population and a fully mature secondary supporting industries, the electronic sector in Penang has remained as one of the most important export earner for Malaysia export economy. The once colonial city of Penang has transformed itself into a modern city today but the old heritage and influence is still remaining, in daily life of Penang folks, the unique society is one of the many reasons why it is such a popular destination for tourists worldwide.
<<<--- The sea-bound Ferry system which is serving for the last hundred year still offer its service linking between the main land to this Penang Island, but the new Icon is the state of the art 13.5km long dual-carriageway Penang bridge completed back in 1985, which is also one of the longest bridge in the world.
The mix of origin in various races, culture, respective custom and local belief has also indirectly molded Penang Island into a very different and unique identity of its own. Religious belief forms one of the most influential factor in daily life and in Penang, you can find literally a mix of religious landmarks of Islamic Mosque, Churches of Christian, Hindu and Buddhist temples. Within the Buddhist community, both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism are very popular. A clear representation of the school of Theravada Buddhism are three main temples which have also developed as one of the tourist attraction in Penang Island. Incidentally, all the temples are located within a square mile and visitors can easily get access to all of them within in a day's trip.
Out of the numerous exciting tourist hot spots in Penang Island, this site here covers ONLY three Buddhist temples, namely Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Wat Buppharam Thai/Siamese Buddhist Temples and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. Each of these featured landmarks in Penang has its own points of attraction as well as distinctive characters to make them different from each other. Recently, I brought some of my business friends and partners from China to Penang for a short holiday, other than the hawkers food (simply the BEST !) and ever friendly, passionate Penang folks, these locations I brought them to truly fascinate everyone of them. Other than serving the objective of beefing up content in my Buddhist site, these respective sites also are meant to supplement information that may be lacking on the Network which relating to key tourist information for visitors to Penang. Hopefully, all these content will meet whatever objectives for it to be as a good website as well be an integral part in
making Penang such an exciting tourist destination in the far east.
备注： 此网站也得槟城几位朋友们，如 Stan Thong, Tony Kang 与 RockRaymond 的辅导与相助，先行借此页一谢。
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