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Fast Facts

  • Captain Francis Light of the East India Company first set foot on the island in 1786 and established a free port

  • By the mid-19th century, Penang was a major player in the Chinese opium trade, which provided more than half of the colony’s revenue

  • High profile visitors to Penang in the early 20th century included Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling and Herman Hesse

  • Penang is known as the hawker capital of Malaysia and most of the city’s specialities are best enjoyed from a portable cart

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