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Top 10 places to shop in Penang, Malaysia as a traveler

Top 10 places to shop in Penang

  • The Gurney Plaza
  • Chinatown
  • Chowrasta Market
  • Little India
  • Little Penang Street Market
  • One-Stop Midlands Park Centre
  • Penang Bazaar
  • Penang New World Park
  • Penang Plaza
  • Queensbay Mall

The Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza is the second largest mall in Penang and is located at the popular locality of Gurney Drive. It is situated in front of the waterfront and was opened only recently in the year 2001. It has three anchors – the Golden Screen Cinemas that offers 12 screens, the Cold Storage Supermarket and the Parkson Grand. The mall has nine stories and houses almost 400 brands like Versace, Fossil and Coach. The mall is open everyday from 10 am to 10 pm and is accessible through Kelawai Road and the Gurney Drive.

Chinatown

The name Chinatown is not an official one but the locality is popularly known by this name. It is located around the areas of Lebuh Chulia and the Lebuh Campbell. Chinatown offers a good insight into the history of the Chinese immigrants of Penang along with housing numerous stalls and markets. These sell everything from clothes to lanterns. The area is also dotted with numerous Chinese coffee shops, antique shops and temples. Even if you do not buy anything, you will be delighted by the whole experience of it.

The various markets and stalls in Chinatown offer traditional clothes, Chinese medicines, herbs, crystals and antique items. You can also find shoemakers, signage gravers and shoemakers here. These are skills mastered by the Chinese immigrants and they have been passed on from one generation to another.

Chowrasta Market

The Chowrasta Market is the most renowned market of Penang. It is a very old market and its history goes back to a few centuries. The market is divided into two sections – the wet market and the dry market. The wet market is located at the back and sells some of the most fresh food items like Hiang biscuits, fresh nutmegs and preserved fruits. Most of the food items sold here are the cheapest in the island. You will also find a bookshop on the first floor that sells second-hand books at bargain prices. The market is open everyday from 8:30 am to 8 pm.

Little India

Little India is a locality filled with shops offering spices, Indian food items, gold jewelry, items used for prayer and also CD-S and DVD-s of Indian movies. Indian songs are played throughout the day from the shops and it just adds to the vibe of the market. The market offers a totally different experience and is open everyday from 10 am to 11 pm.

Little Penang Street Market

The Little Penang Street Market is open on the last Sunday of every month and it is a unique market offering exciting crafts and artworks. It displays the best of the culture, which is prevalent in Penang. The market also boasts of live performances, an art gallery, live demonstrations, exhibitions, book reading sessions and entertainment for children. It is open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm.

One-Stop Midlands Park Centre

The One stop Midlands Park centre boasts of 200 shops and houses both well-known brands and bargain items at the same place. You will find rare items like paintings, ceramics, feng shui charms and pottery. The sixth floor of the market has everything you may need for using your computer. It is open everyday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Penang Bazaar

Unlike the other vibrant shopping malls of Penang, this one offers a quiet and calm experience. The mall is two-storied and its main anchor is Giant supermarket housing everything you may need for running your home. A furniture showroom and a bargain bookstore are located at the second floor. It is a good place for getting essential household items.

Mar 17, 2010 - Place of Interest    No Comments

Rare Attractions of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world, and today, it is one of the most important commercial centers of the city. In our article, we would like to tell you about five attractions in Kuala Lumpur that you will not see anywhere else, but here.

1. Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station

It used to serve as the main railways station of Kuala Lumpur a long time ago. Today, the station serves mainly as a bus terminal although it still accepts a few express and suburban trains. The breathtaking Moorish style building of the railways station is a must-see for all lovers of arts and culture.  Called also as a Heritage Railways Station, the complex faces the so popular Central Market.

2. Central Market

The Central Market is located in the Old Town part of Kuala Lumpur right by the river facing the Old Railways station. The Central Market is famous as an architectural masterpiece and the main meeting point for locals and tourists. Contrary to its name, the Central Market is much more than an ordinary market, as it houses several shows, entertainment options and facilities and performances which you can get to see every day here, which all make this market a must-see.

3. Merdeka Square complex

Merdeka Square complex includes the huge square where the independence of Malaysia has been declared. Right next to the square, you will find a beautiful park along riverside, where the Masjid Jamae Mosque is located. This mosque is especially beautiful, being one of the oldest mosques of Malaysia; it really makes you feel in the Middle East. Merdeka Square also has a unique place. The Royal Selangkor Club in an Edwardian building looks like it has been transported here straight from England! Just in front of Merdeka Square, you will see the most beautiful building of Kuala Lumpur, which is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which today houses the KL Court. The building is especially beautiful during the evening hours when it is lighted up and it looks just spectacular.

4. Petronas Towers

The huge tower complex used to hold the record of being the tallest building in the world for a couple of years. Today it is standing on the 3rd place. The beautiful tower complex has been the most important landmark of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ever since it has been completed. Today it houses a hotel, the Kuala Lumpur Philharmony Orchestra and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

These are the special attractions, which Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Above these, there are so many beautiful things to see here, if you walk the streets of the Old City or the City Centre with the Golden Triangle. Once you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, you will surely love it.