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More about Penang Shophouses

With the listing of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago, residents and visitors have found a new appreciation for the history and culture of the island.  The shophouse has become a symbol of this movement, representing the beautiful architecture throughout Penang as well as the traditional businesses that continue to thrive.

Because of the growing interest in heritage on the island, a site called "Penang Shophouses" was created by the Cultural Heritage Action Team (CHAT).  CHAT is formed by a dedicated group of volunteers consisting of conservation architects, historians, heritage practitioners and educationists. As part of their effort to protect the built heritage of Penang, Penang Shophouses shares information such as visual guides, historical and architectural details, renovation do’s and don’ts, and most importantly, explains why these shophouses are an integral part of the island.