Penang's Top Religious Sites (Self Guided), George Town

Penang is home to a number of beautiful churches rich in history and religious heritage. They are all situated close to one another so if you take our Penang Churches Walking Tour you can see them all in one trip. Highlights include the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows and the well-known St George's Anglican Church, which are both a significant part of the city’s architectural heritage.
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Penang's Top Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Penang's Top Religious Sites
Guide Location: Malaysia » George Town (See other walking tours in George Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: Maia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • Cantonese Methodist Church
  • Penang Baptist Church
  • St. Paul's Church
  • Church of Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Georgetown Baptist Church
  • Cathedral of the Assumption
  • St. George's Church
Church of the Immaculate Conception

1) Church of the Immaculate Conception

This beautiful blue and white church was established in 1899 by Portuguese settlers. It’s widely known among locals and tourists alike. Restored in the 1970s, this tall edifice boasts a giant cross and a wonderful statue of Saint Mary under the entrance.
Cantonese Methodist Church

2) Cantonese Methodist Church

This church was founded in 1967 for the Methodist community of Penang. Worshippers come here to attend services each Sunday, when the chapel is open to the public. The building stands out for its triangle-shaped roof, which resembles that of a Chinese pagoda.
Penang Baptist Church

3) Penang Baptist Church

Constructed in 1978, this church started out being based within a bungalow in the 1950s, when it was the first place of worship for Baptists in Penang. This elegant colonial building is most notable for its beautiful stained glass front window.
St. Paul's Church

4) St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's is an Anglican church in Penang that operates mostly through Mandarin Chinese. The present building was consecrated in 1950, although people have worshipped at the site since the 1880s. This small grey building bears some traces of Gothic style, with flamboyant windows and an unusual five-story annex.
Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

5) Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

This Catholic church is for Chinese-speaking followers in Penang. The first church on the site dates from 1888, at a time when the British settlement of the area had been followed by Chinese settlers who converted to Catholicism. In 1958 the building was restored and redesigned. It has a 107-foot high bell tower with bris-soleil windows, plus a façade decorated with a large ornate fan-light.
Georgetown Baptist Church

6) Georgetown Baptist Church

Founded in 1956, the Georgetown Baptist Church serves its community in a number of different ways. Sunday service is offered in three different languages, while the church also provides food for the homeless. The building itself is interesting because of its color-mosaic windows and minimalist shape that are unusual compared to other local places of worship.
Cathedral of the Assumption

7) Cathedral of the Assumption

Situated on Farquar Street, the Cathedral of the Assumption is one of the most famous churches in town. Built in 1860, it was extended in 1928 to accommodate more worshippers. This Catholic cathedral has the hallmarks of a colonial building, with lots of high windows that give it a very elegant appearance.
St. George's Church

8) St. George's Church (must see)

The St. George's Church, which is named after England’s patron saint, is the oldest Anglican church in all of southeast Asia. Built by convict labor in 1818, it was designed by Captain Robert Smith, a military engineer. A memorial to Captain Francis Light in the form of a Greek temple with a marble slab stands in the grounds of the church. The site is currently undergoing restoration works.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in George Town, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Creating your own self-guided walk in George Town is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
George Town's Top Religious Sites

George Town's Top Religious Sites

George Town has much to be proud of when it comes to religious heritage, as the city has a host of wonderful churches, temples, mosques and other religious centers. Each is beautifully decorated and has its own unique story to tell. Check out the most interesting religious edifices in the city with our Places of Worship walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Farquhar Street Walking Tour

Farquhar Street Walking Tour

The Farquhar Street area is home to a number of interesting historic buildings and other heritage sites. In fact, it has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site since 2008. Here you can see the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the St. Xavier school and the Protestant Cemetery, where Francis Light's tomb is located. While you’re here you can also admire the architecture of other old buildings...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Penang Hill Walking Tour

Penang Hill Walking Tour

The Penang Hill area is a wonderful place to visit if you are seeking to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. You can go hiking in the beautiful fresh air, see the amazing plant and animal life or ride the funicular railway. Every visitor will want to see the spectacular waterfall too. Take our Penang Hill Tour to see the top sights of the area.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
George Town Shopping Tour

George Town Shopping Tour

George Town is a great spot for shopping – the city is blessed with many different colorful and interesting markets, plus there are loads of places where you can pick up an unusual souvenir to take home. Be sure to try some of the delicious snacks native to the island, while you browse the various stalls and stores on our George Town Shopping Tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
George Town Introduction Walking Tour

George Town Introduction Walking Tour

Georgetown is the capital city of the island and state of Penang and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a 'World Heritage Site''. Touted as the food capital of Malaysia, Georgetown is a favorite spot for tourists. It has many attractive pre-Second World War houses and shophouses, as well as 19th century churches, temples and mosques. One of the top attractions of George Town is its...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Penang Upper Beach Street Walking Tour

Penang Upper Beach Street Walking Tour

The Penang Upper Beach Street area is a great district for visitors to explore in George Town. This area has many beautiful buildings, each with their own individual architectural style, plus a number of other interesting spots. Check out all the best sights of the district with our walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles