GEORGE TOWN in Penang was designated World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on July 7, 2008.

The award placed a spotlight on George Town’s cultural heritage, history and landscape.

In recognition of the award, July 7 was marked as George Town World Heritage Day and with celebrations this weekend, locals and guests can expect heritage trails, site excursions and a street festival full of colour and energy.

In conjunction with the celebration, Airbnb is introducing five properties that are listed on the site for world travellers to experience the Penang history.

There are a variety of options catered to those looking to experience the authenticity of George Town, as well as city slickers who enjoy the modernity of cosmopolitan life.

You can also stay in a traditional Peranakan shophouse, right in the heart of George Town’s cultural scene, waking up surrounded by modern art museums, and a short walk from the artsy Armenian street.

The Airbnb-listed properties are:

1. Heritage Zone Shophouse

Dating back to 1840, this lovingly restored double-storey shophouse is a cultural kaleidoscope of Old World and New Age – this fabulous abode is best described as a jumble of vintage and contemporary Southeast Asian influences.

2. House off Hutton Lane

Situated in a charming alley peppered with famous street-food eateries, previous guests have described the listing as “transporting one back in time.” Live like a local when you check into this rustic abode which is a stone’s throw from historic centres and modern malls, while offering a quiet sanctuary within the heart of this lively city.

3. Heritage Home

This beautifully renovated Straits Chinese shophouse has been tastefully furnished with antiques and period furniture – a seamless blend of Imperial Chinese and Balinese inspiration. This atmospheric home is conveniently located near the city centre, but take some time to explore the many museum-worthy curios within the house itself.

4. Gorgeous Seaview Duplex

Enjoy superb views of the Penang Strait from this modern duplex suite. A short 5km-drive from George Town, this bright and cheery listing is also family-friendly – it can house up to 8 guests and children will adore waking up from the living room’s bunk beds to watch the ships at sunrise.

5. The Scandinavian Coast View

This duplex has been lovingly redecorated in shades white and grey evoking minimalism, allowing for a meditative escape for couples to spend some quality time together, from cooking a meal or reading cultural magazines which the hosts provided.

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