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The Many Faces of Penang

An early topographical drawing in The Introduction Room introduces visitors to the immigration patterns of the various peoples here – Malays, Chinese, Indians and other minority groups. An overall picture of the heterogeneous composition of the population of the island emerges.

When Light first arrived, the local population consisted of a small and rudimentary residue of old indigenous trading and fishing communities. However, by the turn of the nineteenth century, the burgeoning trading centre at George Town had begun to attract immigrants of various ethnicity, paving the way to the formation of the present cosmopolitan township.

One of the most striking characteristics of Penang is the harmonious coexistence of the various communities. While the three major ethnic groups – Malays, Chinese and Indians – make up more than ninety per cent of the population, the minority communities find their especial niche.

Apart from the early European settlers, prominent amongst the minority ethnic communities were the Armenians and Jews, Eurasians, Arabs and Achinese, Siamese and Burmese.

These communities were especially remembered for their trading activities, construction of places of worship and some outstanding architecture. Notable among them were the Armenian Monument (since demolished) and the Eastern and Oriental Hotel (E & O).

 Notes On My Native Land

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. . . from the early days

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The Museum Courtyard

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 The History Gallery

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The Captain Robert Smith Room &
 The William Daniell Room

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The Many Faces of Penang

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The Malays of Penang

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The Indians of Penang

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The Chinese of Penang

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The Baba Nyonya Culture

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The Streets of Penang

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Many of the early Buddhist  temples in Penang were constructed by the Siamese (Thais) and Burmese.

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