PENANG HERITAGE - About GEORGETOWN World Heritage Status
PENANG - HISTORY OF GEORGE TOWN HERITAGE
Penang went through more than 2 centuries of transformation, beginning from British rule until Malaya was granted independence in 1957. The rich collection and conservation of impressive historic buildings in various ethnic designs have helped GEORGETOWN achieve today's status of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site on 7th July 2008.
GEORGETOWN HERITAGE FESTIVAL was then initiated for a month-long celebration every year to promote and raise more public awareness in Penang's heritage and culture after being gaining the prestigious award as UNESCO's World Heritage site.
'GeorgeTown World Heritage Incorporated' was formed with the responsibility for management, monitoring and enforcement of works related to heritage with cooperation and support from the state and federal government.
The office is also located at a Heritage building, at No.116 & 118 Lebuh Acheh, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
For Enquiry Call Telephone No: 04-261 6606 ; Fax : 04-262 6605
For effective management and monitor of Georgetown Heritage buildings, the heritage site has now been classified under 2 zones. The Core Zone, area size of 109.38 hectare, is the confirmed UNESCO Heritage Site while the Buffer Zone (150.04 hectare) a protected zone not yet under Heritage status.
To fully understand and see a clearer picture of the site, you would need to get a map of Georgetown Heritage Site,
The map is very informative and can be obtained free at the airport upon your arrival or from 'GeorgeTown World Heritage Incorporated' building at Lebuh Acheh, in town.