Penang is one of the leading tourist and industrial hubs in Malaysia. It is refutably the most important city, next to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Streets and city spots are always busy with people – locals and tourists, and bustling with so many activities. This is truly a modern, international center; what to wear in Penang is not a serious concern, since there are no religious, political or social conventions against any form of clothing (except the really indecent and socially inappropriate ones). Foreign tourists are often seen dressed down in shirts, jeans and sneakers walking along Penang’s busy marketplaces and streets.
When visiting the temples and mosques, foreign women are not expected to cover their hair. It is fine wearing a regular blouse with jeans or skirts. Tourists should remember to remove their shoes when entering these places of worship. There are 19th-century temples, mosques and churches in Georgetown that are regularly visited by tourists, most especially the Burmese temple, but the most popular temple in Penang is found a bus or taxi ride away from Georgetown. The Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam is Penang’s biggest and most important temple. [Read more…]