Penang is a vibrant Malaysian Island off the north-western coast of the peninsula. There is so much history to Penang, which is still now physically visible with the many colonial buildings and temples still standing in Georgetown, its capital city. Penang’s glorious past is still with us today, and much of it is showcased at the Penang State Museum.
Penang was known in earlier times as “Pulau Ka Satu”, which means quite literally “only one island” in Malay. According to legends, the name was given by a certain traveling merchant named Ragam. He used to trade between Linggi and Kedah, and Penang was the only island he saw along that route. “Pulau Ka Satu” stuck until the 18th century when the British came and named the island “Penang”. [Read more…]