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The first British trading post in the Far East, Penang was founded by Sir Francis Light in 1786 and soon became one of the most important ports in Asia. From European seafarers to traders from India, China and the Middle East, each new arrival left their mark here, creating what UNESCO World Heritage committee described as "..... a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia". This rich authentic tapestry of cultures, colour and colonial heritage is the backdrop against which Seri Tanjung Pinang and Quayside are set.

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