GTWHI is responsible for the management, monitoring and promotion
of the city of George Town as a World Heritage Site.
“The Historic Cities of Melaka and George Town are the most extensive historic port settlements in Malaysia. George Town’s unique urban fabric detailing a rich mosaic of cultures dating from the 18th Century together with the monumental facades and latticed grids, are still largely intact. The blending of Arab, Chinese, Indian, Armenian, Russian, Indonesian Archipelago, Thai, Burmese, Japanese and English cultures together with the indigenous Malay cultures provides a backdrop that led to the inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The historical and cultural imprint of the traders remain significant in George Town as evident in the architectural styles, the religious rituals and customs that together form our tangible and intangible heritage. This is best represented by sections of the local populace carrying on with their lives in the same manner as their ancestors two centuries ago.”
– YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of GTWHI