City Hall, Esplanade
The City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya) building opened in 1903 and, together
with the adjacent Town Hall, constitutes a handsome pair of colonial
architectural relics framing the edge of the historic Padang Kota
Lama (green field). Visually feasting over its pretty Victorian facades
leaves one with the feeling that perhaps it deserves better than serving
as the periodic meeting place of the Council Chamber of the Penang
Municipal. Nevertheless at least it is being preserved.
8.00am - 4.15pm (Monday - Friday)
8.00am - 12.45pm (Saturday)
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Next to Fort Cornwallis is the Esplanade, a popular waterfront promenade
which stretches from the hawker stalls at one end to the clock tower
at the other. Central in the Esplanade is the Padang, a huge square
of town green. Standing proudly beside is the City Hall, a stately
colonial building which is a fine example of British palladian architecture
featuring magnificent Corinthian columns and huge windows. It was
once the seat of local government.