12 Jun A QUICK GUIDE WITH LINK BIKE
A Quick Guide to the Coolest Link Bike Stations in George Town
The Link Bike Sharing System is a new feature in George Town, as part of an effort by the Penang government to promote cycling amongst its citizens. Established in 2016, the system relies on a person picking up a bicycle from a designated Link Bike station, sightsee around George Town, and then dock the bike at any strategic Link Bike stations throughout the city. It is an interesting alternative means of traveling throughout George Town, and certainly comes in handy when traveling in narrower streets within the UNESCO-certified Heritage Zone areas.
Link your way through and explore George Town’s Heritage Zone with these recommended stations:
1) Weld Quay
- Start off your journey at the prime location of the Chinese Trades Neighbourhood including the iconic Clan Jetties, Weld Quay also houses Swettenham Pier, at one point the shipping hub of Northern Malaya. The route remains popular for visitors as a starting point for their George Town adventure.
- Places of interest: Clan Jetties, Royal Bintang Penang hotel, Made in Penang Interactive Museum
2) Beach Street
- Cruise your way to the financial hub of not only Penang but Northern Peninsular Malaysia as well, Beach Street houses numerous historical British Colonial-styled buildings housing world-standard banking institutions such as Standard Chartered and HSBC, with a majority of these still-standing buildings functioning in its original capacity. However, the street is also infamous for having some of its buildings being destroyed in the Pacific Theater during World War II by Allied bombardment, when said buildings were occupied by the invading Imperial Japanese army.
- Places of interest: India House Building, Standard Chartered Building, HSBC Building, Logan Building, Whiteaways Arcade
3) The Esplanade
- Head on over to the Esplanade, this scenic drive is where the roots of Penang Island as we know it came to be. Housed here is the Penang City Hall, Town Hall, and the imposing Fort Cornwallis, which was constructed by Francis Light soon upon first setting foot on the island. A memorial cenotaph commemorating soldiers who fought and died in both World Wars can also be found here.
- Places of interest: Fort Cornwallis, Penang City Hall, Penang Town Hall, Cenotaph
4) Acheh Street
- Ride your way to Acheh Street, located next to the famous Armenian street within the core area of George Town’s Heritage Zone, Acheh Street is amongst the oldest streets in all of Penang itself. Like Armenian Street, it has mostly Arab-Achehnese influence throughout the street, signified by the presence of the Acheen Street Mosque. Today, it remains a popular tourist pit stop filled with food and drink outlets for tourists weary from strolling throughout Armenian Street.
- Places of interest: Acheen Street Mosque, Spices by the Park, George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Ben’s Vintage Toy Museum
5) Campbell Street
- Lying within the buffer zone of George Town’s historical Heritage Core, Campbell Street remains a popular shopping district for local Penangites for the variety of clothes, watches, shoes, jewelry and gold products on sale in the outlets throughout the road. Recently, Campbell Street is on the rise amongst foodies for its food outlets and fancy cafes, such as Kim Haus, attracting customers from near and abroad alike.
- Places of interest: Kim Haus, Campbell Street Market
6) Muntri Street
- End your journey at Muntri Street, well renowned to host the best-preserved Straits Eclectic style houses amongst all of George Town architecture, Muntri Street is also fondly remembered as the origins of both the Lam Wah Ee and Adventist Hospitals. Today, numerous boutique hotels and eateries can be found throughout the street, such as Gala House and Muntri Mews.
- Places of interest: Gala House, Muntri Mews, Little Girl in Blue mural, The Camera Museum, Mish Mash