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City Hall, Penang Overview

Located along Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Penang City Hall, also referred to as Dewan Bandaraya Pulau Penang, is a colonial building and the head office of the Municipal Council of Penang Island. The City Hall is a must visit only to witness the colonial architecture and incredible views.

Built in the late nineteenth century, the City Hall has at its disposal the view of the historic parade ground at Padang Kota Lama, World War I memorial Cenotaph and panoramic views of the Esplanade. It is famed for being one of the first buildings in George Town to be appropriated with electrical fans and lights. Formerly known as the City Hall of George Town, the building has also been listed in George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Architecture of Penang City Hall

The two-storey City Hall resembles the Town Hall of Penang which has a balcony as one of the major elements. The building is an amalgamation of Palladian Architecture and Edwardian Baroque styles which were common during that time. With its amazing architecture, it serves as a backdrop to the Esplanade.

During the renovation in 2004, the loggias or arcades were enclosed with windows. There is a large grass carpet referred to as Kota Lama which is present in front of the City Hall which was used by the British to play field games and for military parades. Kota Lama now serves as a place for ceremonies and concerts.

The 24 Municipal Councillors regularly meet at the Council Chamber located at the ground floor of the building. There are huge Corinthian columns and grand windows which represent the colonial influence.

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The grang City Hall of Penang (Source)

How to Reach City Hall, Penang

Bus numbers 103, 204, 502 can be boarded to reach City Hall.

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