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HISTORY OF GEORGETOWN

Georgetown was founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company, as base for the company in the Malay States.

Today it is the vibrant capital city of the state of Penang and has about 220,000 inhabitants, about 400,000 including the suburbs, the majority being of Chinese origin.

In 2007, it was ranked as the 10th most liveable city in Asia according to an international survey involving 254 cities worldwide by Conditions Abroad Limited (ECA International).

Georgetown retains many colonial-era shophouses to this day and is an architectural gem. On 7 July 2008, the city's unique architectural and cultural townscape
was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside with Malacca.

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A PERSONAL NOTE

Georgetown is one of my favourite places in the world. Although we've never actually lived there, it always felt a bit like home. We've visited it three times now and must have spent a couple of months exploring its wonderful cuisine, just chatting to people, sipping a kopi-o and hanging around its fascinating old city center.

This picture shows the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown. On the island on the left of the frame you can spot the Komtar Tower, the city's high-rise landmark.

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