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Old January 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #3261
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"Culture" refers to western-centric based activities.
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Old January 17th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #3262
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Old January 17th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #3263
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Wonder that small city like KL can made the list also!!! Congrats!
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Isn't the population of KL around 7 million?
Klang Valley(KL+Selangor+Putrajaya+Cyberjaya) population is around 7 millions. I think normally they refer KL as the whole klang valley. If so, KL population is around the same with HK population. This means KL is not consider small city for the list rating.

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Old January 18th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #3264
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Penang - Malaysia's Next Global City?

Penang, also known as the Pearl of The Orient, is one of Asia's most authentic cultural melting pot. Penang was the first British colony in the Far East, thus the resemblance of Western culture/history harmoniously coexisting with Eastern culture/history is very obvious here.

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The commercial centre of Penang is Georgetown which was named after King George III of England.

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It is one of Malaysia's largest economic city, behind Kuala Lumpur. It was once the largest electronic manufacturing hub of Asia with the largest overseas operations of Dell, Intel, AMD, Motorola, Seagate, Agilent, etc outside the USA.





In 2008, Penang was included in the listing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.





The tallest building in Penang, the 65-storey Komtar, was also once the tallest building in Asia when completed in 1986.

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Days ago, readers of The New York Times have chosen Penang as the second best destination among “44 Places To Go in 2009”. The New York Times said adventurous foodies are now turning to Penang, the culinary capital of Malaysia, where they are eating their way through one of Southeast Asia’s liveliest street-food scenes.

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Penang is also one of the most liveable city in Asia. In 2008, Penang's Georgetown was the 9th most liveable city in Asia for Asians according to the ECA International Location Ranking Survey.

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Penang Bridge connects Penang Island (Georgetown City) and Mainland of Peninsular Malaysia. With 13.5km, it is the longest bridge in Southeast Asia. An even longer second bridge with 24km is currently under-construction.


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Old January 18th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #3265
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Penang, Malaysia

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patchay for the entry on Penang.

Here's another angle of the skyline along Gurney Drive, Penang.


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Old January 18th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #3266
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What exactly is Penang supposed to be?

I went there back in 2000 and it seemed the place was suffering a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a resort like Bali, or a city like KL? It seems to be stuck in between.

Was unimpressed, although the trip was fair.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 02:14 PM   #3267
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What exactly is Penang supposed to be?

I went there back in 2000 and it seemed the place was suffering a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a resort like Bali, or a city like KL? It seems to be stuck in between.

Was unimpressed, although the trip was fair.
Add another one - heritage city (with the recent UNESCO Heritage Site Listing).

Btw, tourism is not the main source of income for most Penangites ( ~ 1.5 million people) and we don't rely that much on tourism dollars to put food on our table. In fact, manufacturing is the most important component of the Penang economy contributing almost half of the State's GDP. We're just another rapidly developing Asian city like other cities around not exclusively an island resort.

As the tourism tag line puts it, 'Penang has it all'. Heritage sites, resorts, beaches, health care, electronics, education hub of north Malaysia, national parks, botanical garden, good food, shopping, cultural melting pot, manufacturing, holiday homes etc.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 03:12 PM   #3268
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Penang wants to a be an "all-in-one" cultural city in Asia. So by right tourism is the no.1 thing, but at the same time it is the heartland of Malaysia's electronics industries. In 1990s, most Dell computers used to be produced here.

According to the new chief minister, he wants to make Penang like an island metropolis like HK one day. So it doesn't dream of becoming a Bali because there's already an island nearby competing to be Bali called Langkawi. It has a large Chinese-Malaysian population and quite a large expatriate community. But ironically in Malaysia most wealth is centralised in KL area. And Penang tends to be appealing to the older generation of Westerners and culture/history lovers with less modernity.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #3269
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Yes, I've been to Langkawi before.

Cheers for the replies, that clears some things up. Perhaps I went there under false expectations and didn't really explore what I could have/should have. Maybe I'll go there again some day.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #3270
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Penang wants to a be an "all-in-one" cultural city in Asia. So by right tourism is the no.1 thing, but at the same time it is the heartland of Malaysia's electronics industries. In 1990s, most Dell computers used to be produced here.

According to the new chief minister, he wants to make Penang like an island metropolis like HK one day. So it doesn't dream of becoming a Bali because there's already an island nearby competing to be Bali called Langkawi. It has a large Chinese-Malaysian population and quite a large expatriate community. But ironically in Malaysia most wealth is centralised in KL area. And Penang tends to be appealing to the older generation of Westerners and culture/history lovers with less modernity.
Yet interestingly, Penang's properties are one of the priciest of all Malaysian cities... and Penang generally has more super wealthy people compared with other cities in Malaysia. This is evident with super luxurious cars wafting thru Malaysian streets with number plates starting with the letter "P" - which stands for Penang.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 05:38 PM   #3274
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awesome pics from Jakarta and Bangkok

haha i think this thread can be renamed Best Southeast Asian skyline lol
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Indeed... Asia has so many great looking skylines but only has a throne for one
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Indeed... Asia has so many great looking skylines but only has a throne for one
yes... DUBAI.

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Dubai is the BEST!!! supertalls city!!
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