Penang is proud of its status as a World Heritage Site and in celebration of this prestigious status, has made the 7th of July the George Town World Heritage Day. Take in all that the city has to offer. Join other locals and visitors in appreciate of our culture, buildings, heritage, history and more.
George Town World Heritage Day & George Town Heritage Celebration
Date: 6 July 2019 to 7 July 2019
Venue: George Town, Heritage Zone
Years ago, on the 7th of July 2008, George Town was accorded the World Heritage status and given a place by UNESCO among the list of Cities and Sites around the world for its “outstanding universal values”.
To commemorate the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an annual event is held, celebrating the living heritage that is George Town. The city, its heritage, multicultural practices, traditional food, arts and crafts and festivals take centre stage around the city.
A good example of the significance of such a status to a city is the Bath city in England where artifacts and evident of the old Roman settlement were found and studied along with the hot spring.
The award brought to light the many significant historical and architectural buildings, cultural heritage and values that are not only popular with people visiting Penang but help bring awareness preservation of these sites.
The fabric of civilization, multi-ethnic cultural heritage, old colonial influences and landscape has made Penang a very unique World Heritage Site.
It is no surprise that the state has chosen the 7th of July as a Public Holiday to commemorate the award.
Georgetown World Heritage Site Celebrations: in celebration of the anniversary of inscription, the first celebration was in 2009, 6 years on, the celebration is back with a showcase of culture. Check out the official celebration website.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre: here is a list of other places around the globe that has been accorded the World Heritage Site status. At the time of writing, there are 981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.
George Town World Heritage Site Celebration 2014 Event FB Album for a taster of what to expect during the celebration.