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Singapore & Brunei - None
Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City
Indonesia - Surabaya
The Philippines - Cebu
Thailand - Chiang Mai
Malaysia - George Town, Penang

(Feel free to fill in the rest for me)

Tell us about your second city and show us the skyline, infrastructures and main industries in your second city.
 

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George Town, Penang (Malaysia)

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Area

- Total 1,046.3 km2 (404 sq mi)

Population (2008 est.)

- Total 1,518,000
- Density 1,450.8/km2 (3,757.6/sq mi)

Human Development Index

- HDI (2003) 0.834 (high)

Demography (2008)

* Ethnic Chinese: 635,000 (41.8%)
* Malay: 613,800 (40.5%)
* Ethnic Indian: 158,000 (10.4%)
* Others:
o Bumiputra - other than Malay: 6,200 (0.4%)
o Other races: 6,400 (0.4%)
o Non-Malaysian citizens: 98,600 (6.5%)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang

Famous Penangites

Jimmy Choo, the famous shoe designer.

Nicol David, Women's squash world champion.

Anwar Ibrahim, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, currently leader of parliamentary opposition.

The Most Comprehensive Guide of Penang:

http://www.penang-traveltips.com/
 

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Infrastructures

1. Penang Port



2. Penang Bridge - 13km (Longest in South East Asia)




3. Magistrates Court of Penang



4. Penang International Airport



5. Queensbay Mall (Largest mall in Malaysian northern region)





6. Tanjung City Marina

 

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George Town (Penang) UNESCO World Heritage Site

Its rows of 100 year-old shophouses and colonial villas give George Town its distinctive atmosphere.

Some of Penang's most prestigious hotels

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

- Sister hotel of Raffles Hotel, Singapore



Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa



Hard Rock Hotel Penang









 

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Penang is probably the most developed 2nd tier/non-capital metropolis in Southeast Asia. The economy is very industrialised (i think i posted the list of foreign investors in bayan lepas before) and it has the potential to become a 2nd Singapore if the govt managed it properly.
 

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Penang Cityscape

Gurney Drive





George Town inner city

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South of Penang





George Town (north)












Metro-East





View from south of Penang, Free Trade Industrial Zone area



View from south east Penang









 

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Area

- Total 1,046.3 km2 (404 sq mi)

Population (2008 est.)

- Total 1,518,000
- Density 1,450.8/km2 (3,757.6/sq mi)

Human Development Index

- HDI (2003) 0.834 (high)

Demography (2008)

* Ethnic Chinese: 635,000 (41.8%)
* Malay: 613,800 (40.5%)
* Ethnic Indian: 158,000 (10.4%)
* Others:
o Bumiputra - other than Malay: 6,200 (0.4%)
o Other races: 6,400 (0.4%)
o Non-Malaysian citizens: 98,600 (6.5%)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang
Are you talking about Georgetown or whole Penang?:nuts:
 

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Michael Chee's collection of Penang

Penang Bridge - SEA's Longest (13km)



Church Street Pier (est.1897)



Balik Pulau (Western Penang)



Batu Ferringhi (Northern Penang)

 

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In all of the 2nd cities of ASEAN, Penang seems to be the most impressive. Some areas remind me of HK.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is Vietnam's primary city since its the largest and the economic centre for the whole country.

Hanoi can be considered as Vietnam's 2nd city despite being the capital. It is still the 2nd largest city of this country and the political centre.

As for The Philippines isn't Davao the 2nd city?

Usually the primary city is the largest of a particular country.
 
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