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Penang Heritage City tour during EDS International Residential Advanced Management Programs PDF Print E-mail

Penang Heritage City tour and sightseeing is part of the EDS International Residential Advanced Management Programs agenda. After four days of seminars, participants will take a day break for Penang City tour.

Among the unique places that participants visited are the Snake Temple and the famous Batu Ferringhi beach. Participants also take the opportunity to visit the Town Hall Building, State Assembly Building, Fort Cornwallis ( a restored British Fort) and Little India in George Town, the capital city of the state of Penang in Malaysia.

George Town was founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light. On 7 July 2008, George Town was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia


Group photo of participants at Batu Ferrighi beach during sun set.

Batu Ferringh is a haven for a string of world-class resorts including rows of specialty restaurants and shops. Business is often brisk here, and one particular business that's currently thriving and attracting the tourist mass is the sidewalk bazaar that's held every evening.


Dr. Catilino B. Beltran, President of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) and Dr. Dominador Q. Aquirre, Jr., EVSU Dean of Graduate School busy sourcing for souvenir at the sidewalk bazaar at Batu Ferringhi.


Ms. Mascelyn Nyangoni, Zimbabwe and Ma. Zenaida R. Quinahan, Philippines at Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas.

The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. Local devotees believe that the temple's snake population has come there of its own accord.

The temple was built circa 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong, by a Buddhist monk who moved to Penang. Chor Soo Kong was born with the Tan surname in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). He was very serious about spiritual attainment and was ordained at a young age. Legend has it that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer, gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. When he died at the age of 65 after a lifetime of good deeds, he was bestowed the honorific title Chor Soo, meaning an eminent historic figure continuously revered by a community generation after generation. After the completion of the temple, snakes appeared on their own accord. The Snake Temple was originally named the "Temple of the Azure Cloud" in honor of the beauty of Penang's sky.

Believers from as far away as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray in the temple on Chor Soo Kong's birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month).

Ms. Lolita G. Herrera, Phillippines with a python at the Snake Temple.


Participants and EDS support staff at the main entrance of Fort Cornwallis.

Being the biggest and the most intact fort in Malaysia, the Fort Cornwallis is considered as an important monument and landmark in the historical development of Malaysia, particularly the island of Penang. Fort Cornwallis is situated at the spot where Captain Francis Light was supposed to have landed in 1786. Originally a wooden structure, the fort was rebuilt between 1808 and 1810 with convict labour. It was named after Charles Marquis Cornwallis, a distinguished Governor General of India, and designed as a defense against the French, Kedah, and pirates (at this time Anglo-French rivalry was at a peak).


Ready by EDS Team @ 21st November 2008.

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