Penang Heritage Trust

The Penang Heritage Trust was founded in 1986 to promote the preservation of Penang’s heritage. Part of its work is to foster awareness among the people on the heritage and history of Penang. The Penang Heritage Trust organizes enthralling tours which focus on the heritage zones of Penang. All guides are very knowledgeable, passionate about Penang and well-equipped with information which only the locals can provide.

From 1998 until the middle of 2006, the Penang Heritage House was housed at a restored 20th-century shophouse of the Straits architecture. Previously, these shophouses housed the Hainanese Mariners Guild.

The opening of the new office at 26 Church Street was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture & heritage, Dato’ Wong Kam Hoong on the 25th of June 2006. In this new location, it is housed in shophouses of Straits Eclectic architecture which dates back to 1860. The Penang Heritage Trust restored the shophouse according to the best practice the guidelines provided by UNESCO. It hoped that this project will enhance public awareness and inspire the conservation of other heritage shophouses in Penang.

Image by Arkitek LLA.

Opening Hours

Office opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm.
Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm.
Sunday: Closed.



Entry into public areas of the office is free.

Fees for events or walks organised varies.


26, Lebuh Gereja,
10300 Penang.

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Hear From Others

Witness the colorful history as every nook and corner has a tale to tell. Go for a guided tour organized by Penang Heritage Trust.

Debashree Chakraborty

If you want more insight into the history of Penang, local NGO Penang Heritage Trust offers several different guided walking tours.

Robynne Tindall

There are guided tours organised by the Penang Heritage Trust. Penang Heritage Trust was the primary campaigner for Penang and Malacca to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Michael Oon

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Pinang Peranakan Mansion

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a perfect bygone testament to exhibit Penang’s abundance diversity in history, culture and tradition.

St. George’s Church

The beautiful St. George’s Church is Southeast Asia’s oldest Anglican Church and has a distinctive Greek design.

Fort Cornwallis

Nestled close to the Esplanade and right next to the Victoria Memorial Clock, a visit in Georgetown would be incomplete without checking out Fort Cornwallis.