Built in the late 19th century, Seven Terraces is a contiguous row of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses located just behind the Goddess of Mercy Temple. The row of houses today is a sterling splendid example of an adaptive reuse of heritage buildings that is of low density and low impact.
Seven Terraces is located in the heart and core of the World Heritage Site and a mere 20m from Pitt Street. Sandwiched between the Goddess of Mercy Temple or Kuan Yin Temple and the St George’s Church, it is but a short walk away from the ‘street of harmony’ heritage trail, where one will find a church, temples and mosques all within the same street.
It is also within walking distance to stately British colonial mansions used as public buildings with the Penang state museum right next to the St George’s Church and the Court house just across from it. Down the road, the stately City Hall and Town Hall stand proud and tall facing the Esplanade while about 300m from these grand old buildings is the Penang Legislative Assembly building. This is also just across the Fort Cornwallis, a historical monument next to the Esplanade facing the sea.
Two of the early missionary schools, Convent Light Street and St Xavier’s Institution, are also located within the vicinity of the Court house and the state museum.
Food, local hawker fare and cafes, are easily accessible along the main roads and narrow lanes all around the hotel. Just a stone’s throw away is Chulia Street, a haven of local hawker fare, eateries and watering holes for locals and tourists.