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Penang heritage sites are one of the most numerous in Malaysia. With the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008, garnering much prestige for Penang, more attention will certainly be paid to its many heritage sites.

The heritage sites of Penang encompass buildings constructed by the British during the colonial era, clan temples of the various Chinese clan associations, religious structures including temples, mosques, churches and shrines, and other structures, including pre-war shophouses within the inner city.

In Penang Travel Tips, I am working to document all the heritage buildings of George Town, digging up old records and making documentation of the buildings and houses, so that their history will never be forgotten. I am encouraged to see more people beginning to appreciate heritage and are paying attention to conversation issues in inner cities. The list on this page represent just a small proportion of the heritage sites within George Town. I am still working to add more into the list. Check back often for new additions.

How are streets in Old George Town numbered

The streets in Old George Town (the original grid bounded by Beach Street, Light Street, Pitt Street and Chulia Street) are numbered from Beach Street towards Pitt Street. As a result, when these streets were extended, a decision was taken to name the extensions after the ghauts (the stone steps leading down the shore) they replaced. In that way, the numbering for the extended streets can start anew without having to revise the existing numbering. For example, the numbering of China Street and China Street Ghaut start from Beach Street going in opposite directions.

When describing the historic buildings in George Town, I try to number ensembles of buildings from left to right, as seen from the street, as far as possible. By reading the ascending or descending number, you will be able to determine the direction that the numbering was done. As this was decided after I started writing, some of the articles will not consistently follow the rule.

To help people get to know Penang heritage sites better, we have created the George Town Walking Tours, enabling visitors and anybody interested in Penang to walk the streets and get to know their history. These walking tours are provided free and can be used by tour guides as they are, or form a basis for their own itineraries of George Town.

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8, 10 & 12 Popus Lane

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15 China Street

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16 Malay Street

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19 China Street

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21 China Street

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23 Love Lane

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25 Acheen Street


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25 China Street


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37 Church Street

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44 & 42 King Street

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43 & 45 Church Street

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61 China Street

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72, 70 & 68 Beach Street

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83, 85 & 87 Acheen Street

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99-Door Mansion
Nibong Tebal

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100 Cintra Street
George Town

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100 Main Road Balik Pulau

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104 & 106 Pitt Street

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120 Armenian Street

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221 & 223 Beach Street


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306 Beach Street


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316, 314, 312, 310 & 308 Beach Street


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457 Burmah Road

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492 & 490 Beach Street

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1881 Chong Tian Hotel

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1886 Building
Beach Street

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1926 Heritage Hotel

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Aik Chee Reading Club

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Alpha Utara Gallery
(Cheng Ho Seah)

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Balik Pulau Old Market
Balik Pulau

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Beach Street Fire Station
Beach Street

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Behn Meyer Building

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Bel Retiro Bungalow
Penang Hill

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Bellevue Hotel
Penang Hill

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Ben's Vintage Toy Museum

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Bertam House
Kepala Batas

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Birch House
Dato Kramat Road

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Boon Siew Beach Villa
Shamrock Beach

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Boon Siew Villa
Northam Road

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Boston Bar
Penang Hill

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Boustead Building

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Cheoh Thau Kong Jetties

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Lebuh Leith

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Cherok Tokun Relics
Bukit Mertajam

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Chettiar Kattangi
Penang Street

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Chew Jetty
Northeast Coast

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Chiat Cheong

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Church St Pier
Northeast Coast

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Clan Jetties
Northeast Coast

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Convalescent Bungalow
Penang Hill

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Crag Hotel
Penang Hill

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Diamond Jubilee Sikh Temple
Brick Kiln Road

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DiGi Building
Beach Street

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Embassy
George Town

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Farquhar Street Mission House
35 Farquhar Street (dilapidated)

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Forgotten Canals of George Town

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Fort Cornwallis
Esplanade

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Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse
Esplanade

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Garage
Farquhar Street

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George Town World Heritage Inc
Acheen Street

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Ghee Hiang
Beach Street

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Ghee Hiang Sesame Oil Factory
Jalan Jelutong

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Goh Chan Lau
Northam Road

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Government House
Light Street

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Hardwicke
Northam Road

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Hin Company Bus Depot

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Hindu Mahajana Sangam

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Hui Aun Association
Magazine Road

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Hu Yew Seah
Jalan Madras

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India House
Beach Street & Chinese Street Ghaut

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Istana Kedah
Northam Road

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Japanese Cemetery
Lintang P. Ramlee

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Jewish Cemetery
Jalan Zainal Abidin

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Joss Stick Row
Carnarvon Street

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Judge's Residence
Jalan Sepoy Lines (dilapidated)

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Kampung Kolam Religious Council Shophouses

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Kar Yin Association
King Street

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Kau Keng Chu, the Nine Shophouses of Kek Chuan Road

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Kim Bian Aik Co. Ltd.
136 Carnarvon Street

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King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
57 Macalister Road

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Former Kuan Look Bakery & Cafe

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Kwangtung & Tengchow Association
Penang Street

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Leong Fee Mansion
Leith Street

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Leong Yin Kean Mansion
Northam Road

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Lim Lean Teng Mansions
Farquhar Street

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Limburg
Larut Road

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Li Teik Seah Building
Carnavon Street

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Little Heritage House

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Logan Memorial
Supreme Court compound, Light Street

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Logan's Building
Beach Street

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Lum Fong Hotel
Muntri Street

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Lung Yen Association
Malay Street

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Macalister Mansion
Macalister Road

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Magazine Road Heritage Row
Magazine Road

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Majestic Theatre
Khoo Sian Ewe Road

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Malayan Railway Building
China Street Ghaut

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Market Lane Tuak Shop
Lorong Pasar

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Methodist Boys' School/Anglo-Chinese School Union
Penang Road

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Metropole Hotel/Asdang House

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Modern Hotel

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Mohd Ariff Mansion (New Savoy Hotel)
Hutton Lane

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Moon Gate
Waterfall Road

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Municipal Fountain
Light Street

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Muntri Mews

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Museum at Macalister

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Nagore Place Heritage Row

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Ng Kim Kheng's Bungalow
94 Dato Kramat Road

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Noordin Mews

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Northam Lodge (Soonstead)
Northam Road

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Odeon Cinema

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Old OCBC Building
Beach Street

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Paterson, Simons & Co. Building
(The Rice Miller ensemble)
Weld Quay

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Penang Bazaar
Penang Road

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Penang Masonic Temple
Jalan Utama

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Penang State Museum
Farquhar Street

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Penang State Secretary Residence

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Penang Turf Club
Jalan Batu Gantung

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Penang War Museum and World War II Relics
Batu Maung

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Penang Yellow Bus Depot
Teluk Kumbar

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P. Ramlee Birth House
Light Street

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Prangin Canal
Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong

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Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower
Esplanade

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Relau Villa
Lebuh Relau 4

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Richmond MPPP Rest House
Penang Hill

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Rock World

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Runnymede
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah @ Northam Road

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Saw Seng Kew Building
Beach Street

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Schiffmann Herr Building

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Schmidt Küstermann Building

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Segara Ninda
Gelugor

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Seri Mutiara
Jalan Utama

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Seven Terraces
Stewart Lane

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Siew Seng Loong Medical Hall
35 Pitt Street

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Silver Chariot House

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Soo Beng Dispensary
Carnarvon Street

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Sri Teratai
Macalister Road

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State Assembly Building
Light Street

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Strawberry Hill
David Brown's Tea House, Penang Hill

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Suffolk House
Jalan Ayer Itam

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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Macalister Road

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Swee Hock Chan Godown
Acheen Street

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Syed Alatas Mansion

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Tanjong Tokong World War II Relics
Tanjong Tokong

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Teh Bunga Mansion
Hutton Lane

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Telaga Mas
Pulau Aman

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Teochew Association
Chulia Street

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The Great Wall
Penang Hill

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The Pink Row

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The Star Pitt Street

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Thin Seng Sauce Factory
Kampung Malabar

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Tourism Malaysia, Penang Office
Beach Street

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Town Hall Building
Esplanade

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Trees of the Esplanade

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Trishaw Men's Lodge

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Tseng Lung Fui Kon Society
King Street

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Tunku Kudin House
Gelugor

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UAB Building

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USM Museum
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden

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Wawasan Open University Regional & Learning Office
China Street Ghaut

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Wawasan Open University Printing Unit
Beach Street

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Wing look
Penang Road

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Wisma Kastam (Malayan Railway Building)
China Street Ghaut

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Wisma Yeap Chor Ee
China Street Ghaut

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World War II Pill Box
Jalan Ismail Hashim

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Yeng Keng Hotel
Chulia Street

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Yeoh Cheang Seng Villa
Northam Road

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Yin Oi Tong Medical Hall
Penang Street

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