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Last sun rays at Batu Ferringi Beach, Penang island.

Penang Island is located within the state of Penang, Malaysia. It was known as Prince of Wales Island when first founded by the British, named on 12 August 1786 to commemorate the birthday of Prince George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV. The capital Georgetown, was named after King George III.

The island is the fourth largest in the country with an area of 295 km2. It is also the most populated island in the country with an estimated population of 678,000 The island is connected with mainland Peninsular Malaysia by the Penang Bridge. The bridge begins at Gelugor on the island and ends in Perai on the mainland. The mainland portion of the Penang state is known as Seberang Perai (formerly known as Province Wellesley), and together with Penang Island and other smaller islands, form the state of Penang.

The island is divided into two administrative districts—South West Penang Island and North East Penang Island.

The eastern portion of the island facing the mainland Province Wellesley is highly urbanized and built-up with either industrial, commercial or residential areas. The western portion which serves as the green lung is generally less developed and hilly.

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