City Guide

Sinkeh / Penang, Malaysia


Creative people would find Sinkeh in Penang, Malaysia both an abode and inspiration in its space. Located in the heart of George Town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, Sinkeh is a two-storey unit that is unlike any other. This is primarily because it is both a guesthouse and an artspace. The house offers nine rooms on the top floor, while the space below is turned into an art space open for rent. The building itself has its own character as it used to be a century-old shop house. After it was rebuilt and restored, the rooms featured a minimalist, modern design that evoke feelings of calmness in each visitor. Natural light permeates the rooms, showcasing its ingenuous charm. The studio below regularly hold performances, exhibits, or discussions for like-minded artists. The word Sinkeh means “new guest” in Hokkien dialect, and in a double-purpose space such as this, it’s easy to see why travelers and artists can be either one or both.

105 Malay Street, 10100 George Town; +604 261 3966;

Words by Evita Limlengco

Photography by Franz Navarrete