Georgetown, the capital of Penang Island in Malaysia, was once a centre of world trade and a magnet for people from all over the world. British, Indian, Chinese, Armenian and many more peoples joined the Malays to create a fascinating mixture of cultures, buildings and cuisines.
The city's rich physical heritage is now protected by Unesco, sparking new interest among visitors. But activists say it is also important to look at ways of refreshing the communities that built it.
The BBC's Vaudine England has been visiting Penang since the 1970s.
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Music courtesy KPM Music. Photography and audio by Vaudine England.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 12 July 2010.
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