Sunrise in the Straits, Penang Island, a view from Eastern and Oriental Hotel

 
Sunrise in the Straits, Penang Island, a view from Eastern and Oriental Hotel  photographed by KC Eng  Leica SL with Leica SL Vario Elmarit 90-280 f2.8-4

Sunrise in the Straits, Penang Island, a view from Eastern and Oriental Hotel

photographed by KC Eng

Leica SL with Leica SL Vario Elmarit 90-280 f2.8-4

Sunrise in the Straits, Penang Island, a view from Eastern and Oriental Hotel

Penang coming from the modern Malay word Pulau Pinang, the Island of the Areca Nut Palm. In the 15th century, Penang Island was referred to as 檳榔嶼 in the navigational drawings used by Admiral Zheng He 鄭和 of Ming China (明朝)

George Town of Penang Island was founded by Francis Light as a free port. to entice traders from the Dutch trading post. Subsequently the maritime trade in Penang boomed turning it into a regional center for spice trade. It was here the Supreme Court of Penang was established that marked the birth of Malaysia modern judiciary. Eventually Penang, Singapore and Malacca was incorporated into the Straits Settlements, with George Town as the Capital.

Penang’s importance was soon overtaken by Singapore. Eventually Singapore become the capital of the Straits Settlements.