Khazanah Nasional Penang (U.A.B Building)

Khazanah Nasional BuildingKhazanah Nasional Building, corner façade between China Street Ghaut and Victoria Street (15 May, 2016)

Khazanah Nasional (GPS: 5.41554, 100.34199), the sovereign wealth fund of the Malaysian Government, has its Penang office at U.A.B Building, or Bangunan U.A.B, a Category II-listed historic building along China Street Ghaut in George Town, Penang. The building is within the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The U.A.B. Building was erected in the 1930s, in the Art Deco style. It is one of two buildings flanking the Victoria Street junction of China Street Ghaut of the same design. The other building today houses the Wawasan Open University Regional & Learning Office.

The U.A.B Building was occupied by the Indian Overseas Bank which opened in Penang in July 1937. It was the first overseas branch of the bank which was founded less than a year earlier, in November 1936. In 2016, it was renovated to become the Penang office for Khazanah Nasional, opening in June, 2016.

Khazanah Nasional BuildingKhazanah Nasional Building, side façade on China Street Ghaut (15 May, 2016)

Khazanah Nasional OfficeKhazanah Nasional Office (15 May, 2016)

Another view of Bangunan UAB (23 January, 2007)

Khazanah Nasional / UAB Building is on the map of China Street Ghaut

UAB Building, before restoration (25 July, 2012)

List of Historic Buildings in Penang and Historic Buildings in Malaysia

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