Church of the Assumption

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When Captain Francis Light came to Penang to establish a British trading post, he was followed by several Eurasians who were fleeing religious persecution from Siam, present-day Thailand. Led by Bishop Arnaud-Antoine Gernault of Siam, they arrived in Penang on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption in the year 1786, and commemorated their safe journey by building a church. It was named the Church of the Assumption, with its original location aptly named Church Street. The building was originally made of wood, however in 1802 a brick building with a tower was set in its place, replacing the wooden structure. The church later moved to its present location in 1857, and the present building was established in 1860. After further extensions and renovations, this third oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia now seats more than 1200 worshippers, presenting itself as a testament to a celebrated heritage with a brighter future.

More information on the church may be found here.

Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Church of the Assumption, Jalan Love Lane, George Town, Pulau Pinang

Visiting hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Note: As this is a church, it is advisable to dress appropriately to show respect.