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Penang Tourist Attraction

 

Wines the delightful fusion of the East and West as well as the old and new in the Peral of the Orient, Penang. This 1,045 sq km sun-kissed state comprises the island of Penang and seberang Perai. They are linked by the longest bridge in Asia, the Penang Bridge, as well as the oldest cross-channel ferry service in the country.

 

Elegant colonial building rise among modern skyscrapers in its capital, George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while unique flora and dauna flourish in the Penang National Park. Festivals are celebrated with much colour and gusto at this Cuisine Capital, famed for its bewildering array of mouth-watering easts.

 

Penang Bridge

 

Penang Bridge is connects Georgetown on the island of Penang and Seberang Prai on the mainland of Malaysia. The total length of the bridge is 13.5km (8.4mi). it is the second longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth longest in Southeast Asia.

 

George Town

UNESCO World Heritage City

 

George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. This bustling capital has over 200 years of history and culture, which can be best observe in its historic core. Building of historical and architectural interest as well as cultural practices that have been handed down from the previous generations give George Town a uniqueness that is rarely found elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Must do:

  • Go for the many heritage rails within the city on foot or by trishaw and observe age-old cultural practices

  • Visit places of worship, museums and colonial style buildings

~ George Town, the first British Straits Settlement, was established in 1786 by Captain Francis Light.

 

 

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

George Town

 

This majestic mansion was built in the 1880s and belonged to the illustrious Cheong Fatt Tze. A traditional paradigm Chinese courtyard house with 38 rooms, it has superb Feng Shui. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to view exquisite bedrooms, libraries, ceremonial halls, courtyards and gardens. Also displayed are rare porcelain, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries and antiques. The five blue shophouses across the road were formerly the servants' quarters.

~ In the year 2000, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion won the 'most excellent project's for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation.

 

Kek Lok Si

Ayer Itam

 

Kek Lok Si or the Temple of Supreme Bliss towers atop a hill, overlooking the Ayer Item town. It is hailed the finest and largest Buddhist Temple complex in Southeast Asia. Its main pagoda, the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, comprises seven tiers, which combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai desgn and a Burmese crown. This beautifully crafted temple took more than 20 years to build and continues to be expanded. It features lovely shrines, sculptures, gardens and a turtle pond.

Must do:

  • Climb to the top of the temple

  • Browse at the numerous souvenir stalls along the stairway

~ Kek Lok Si is a breathtaking sight to behold especially during Chinese New Year when it is lit for 33 consecutive nights.

 

Penang National Park

Teluk Bahang

 

Nature lovers will love the Penang National Park, the latest addition to the country’s family of national parks. You will be impressed by its list of attractions – 417 flora and 143 fauna species, 1,000 plant species and a lighthouse that was built in 1883. Habitats found here include the rare meromictic lake, mangrove, mudflats and a hill dipterocarp forest. Diverse trails will take you through the lush rainforest, leading to romantic bays with lovely sunsets and secluded beaches favoured by the Green and Olive Ridley turtles. You can also get to these beachside attractions by sea.

 Must do:

  • Go jung trekking, bird watching, fishing and camping in the park

  • Visit the turtle conservation centre

  • Teluk Kampi is now equipped with full camping facilies

~ A meromictic lake contains both fresh and sea water. During dry seasons or low tide, it tuens into a mudflat but when the tide rises, sea water gradually fills the lake while fresh water remains on top of the denser sea water.

 

Fort Cornwallis

George Town

 

Erected 1786, Fort Cornwalls was originally a wooden stockade that was subsequently replaced by a brick structure in 1804. The East India Company's first military and administrative base, it was built on the site of sir Francis Light's historic landing. Relics at the fort include a chapei, gunpowder magazine and cell rooms. The famous Dutch canon or meriam seri rambai is prominently displayed facing seawards. It was presented to the Sultan of Johor by the Dutch. Today, an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery, cafe as well as handicraft and souvenir centre also occupy the interior.

~ Fort Cornwalls was named after the 18th century Governor-General of Bengai, Charies Marquis Cornwalls.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm Open Daily

 

Khoo Kongsi

George Town

 

As you approach Khoo Kongsi, you will be greeted by a breathtaking display of Chinese craftsmanship-intricate wood carvings and richly ornamented beams. Its hall is equally elaborate, beautifully decorated with lanterns and furnished with antique furniture. The grandest clan temple on the island, it was built by the forefathers of the Khoo family, who emigrated from South China. The building was so magnificent that upon its completion in 1898, the roof caught fire. Some believe it was due to its resemblance to the Emperor’s place in China.

Opening Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm

 

Penang Hill

Air Item

 

One of the Penang’s main icons, Penang Hill is a popular retreat for those who to escape the city’s blistering heat. Also known as ‘Bukit Bendera’ or ‘Flagstaff Hill’, Penang soars 833m (2,723ft) above sea level. A brand new funicular train service takes visitors to the summit in less than 10 minutes, where a spectacular panoramic view of George Town and its surroundings – all the way up to the mainland – awaits at the viewing deck. Penang Hill also has many nature trails for adventurous souls to explore where it is home to many exotic flora & fauna species. Some of the plants that can be found here been around since the Jurassic period.

Funicular Train Schedule & Fares:

Time: 6.30am – 10.00pm (Mon – Fri), 6.30am – 11.00pm (Public & School Holidays)

 

Tropical Fruit Farm

Teluk Bahang

 

Enjoy galore at the Tropical fruit Farm. The farm covers an area of 25 acres and is located in the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang. Over 200 tropical and subtropical fruits are grown in this orchard. They include durian, lychees, mangoes, guavas, avocados and dragon fruits, After touring the farm, you can sample freshly cut fruits or refreshing fruit juices.

Must do:

  • Sample the wide assortment of locally grown fruits

  • Tour the farm learn about the various cultivation processes

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

George Town

 

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion was built at the end of the 19th century. A recreation of a typical residence of an affluent Penang Baba Nyonya (Straits Chinese) family, it features Chinese carved wood panels, English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. On display are elaborate traditional costumes and accessories, lovely porcelain pieces as well as furniture and accessories of art brought in from China and Europe, which were specially commissioned by the Baba and Nyonya families and handed down through the generations.

~ The Pianag Peranakan Mansion was once known as Hai Kee Chan, the former residence of the Chinese Kapitan, Chung Keng Kwee.

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.00pm

 

War Museum

Batu Maung

 

History comes alive at the War Museum in Batu Maung. As you explore this 20-acre museum, you get to ovserve the living quarters of a typical British solder and his Asian counterparts during WWI. War relics are house in several installations above and below ground built around the remnants of an old British fort. You can weave through a comples to view barracks, old cookhouses, lock-ups, tunnels and ventliation shafts.

~ The War Museum is the first of its kind in the country and the largest in Southeast Asia.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm & 7.00pm - 11.00pm (Night Museum)

 

Gurney Dive

Persiaran Gurney

 

This breezy open air food court is the perfect place to sample Penang street food. Asam laksa, hokkien mee, pasembor, rojak, fried oyster and chee cheong fun are just a fraction of the delectable delicacies available at food stalls in this popular food haunt. After your meal, enjoy the seafront view as you walk along the promenade.

Opening Hours: 6.00pm - Midnight

 

There's Much in Penang

Place of interest abound in Georgetown as well as along the north coast of Penang island. For more attraction, make a trip to the mainland and enjoy the scenic journey across the channel.

  • George Town

  • Acheen Street Malay Mosque

  • Chinatown Chowrasta Bazaar

  • City Hall

  • Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

  • Goddess of Mercy Temple

  • Islamic Museum

  • Kapitan Keling Mosque

  • Little India

  • One East Museum

  • P.Ramlee's House

  • Sri Mariamman Temple

  • St. George's Church

  • State Mosque

  • Queen Victoria Clock Tower

  • Wat Chayamangkalaram

 

Batu Feringghi

  • Batu Feringghi Sidewalk Bazaar

  • Tropical Spice Garden

 

Teluk Bahang

  • Penang Butterfly Farm

  • Forest Recreation Park Museum

 

Gelugor

  • Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery

 

Jalan Kebun Bunga

  • Botanical Garden

 

Tanjung Bungah

  • Toy Museum

 

Tanjung Tokong

  • Museum of Glass

 

Bayan Lepas

  • Snake Temple

 

Butterworth

  • Penang Bird Park

 

Bukit Mertajam

  • St. Anne' Church

 

Seberang Perai Selation

  • Pulau Aman

 

Nibong Tebal

  • Sungai Krian Fireflies

 

Shopping & Dining

 

Shopping

Shopping in Penang convenient as one-stop shopping malls, retail outlets, handicraft stores, flea markets, night markets and sidewalk bazaars are available in the state Whether you are looking for mementos, branded appare;, e;ectronic item, books, local food products, antiques and curios, or just browsing around, you will find it a pleasant experience.

Popular shopping spots:

  • 1st Avenue Mall

  • Aeon Jaya Jusco Perda, Bukit Mertajam

  • Batu Feringghi Sidewalk Bazaar

  • Carrefour Hypermarket

  • Island Plaza Jalan Penang

  • Kompleks Bukit Jambul

  • Lebuh Campbell

  • Lebuh Kapitan Keling (Gold Bazaar)

  • Lorong Kulit Flea Market

  • Little Penang Street Market at Upper Penang Road (Only operates on the last Sunday of the month)

  • Megamall Penang

  • Midiands Park centre

  • Prangin Mall

  • Penang Times square

  • Queensbay Mall

  • Straits wuay Mall

  • Sunshine Sqare

  • Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya

  • Tesco Jelutong & Tesco Seri Tanjung Pinang

  • The Summit Bukit Mertajam

  • Gurney Paragon

  • Precinct 10

  • Road Walk Bagan. Taman selat Butterworth

  • Auto-City, Juru

 

Dining

One of the main highlights of a trip to Penang is the food. You will be amazed at the sheer variety of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Nyonya cuisine vying for your attention. Don’t miss delicious street food like asam laksa mee, chee cheong fun, char koay teow, pasembor and mee goring. You can also try delicious Peranakan or Nyonya food such as mee siam, otak-otak, kerabu, enche kabin and curry kapitan. Equally delicious is nasi kandar, an Indian Muslim dish. Seafood restaurants offering a wide variety of scrumptious dishes are found in abundance along the coastal areas on the island as well as the mainaland.

Authentic local favourites:

Assam Laksa

Asam laksa is one of the most popular street food in Penang. This delicious combination of rice noodles and spicy fish gravy can be sour ad sweet or savoury depending on the variety.

Nasi Kandar

Enjoy a meal of rice with a tantalizing choice of beef, chicken, mutton, fish, prawn or squid curry, accompanied by side dishes and papadom crackers. Nasi kandar, a speciality of the Indian Muslim community, originates from Penang.

Char Koay Teow

The aromatic char koay teow is made from flat rice noodles stir fried with dark and light soy sauce as well as prawns, cockles, chili, bean sprouts and Chinese chives. Duck egg and crab meat are usually added for that extra flavor.

Pasembor

Similar to dressed salads, the pasembor is a mix of shredded turnip and cucumber, dough fritters, fried bean curd as well as boiled potatoes topped with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Rojak

Rojak comprises of a wide variety of refreshing local fruits, cuttlefish slices and fritters that are stirred into a bowl of pungent prawn paste dressing and sprinkled with ground peanuts before it is served.

Hokkien Mee

Unlike its namesake in Kuala Lumpur, the Penang hokkien mee comprises flavoursome prawn soup as well as noodles garnished with prawns, fish cake, vegetable and fried shallots.

 

Transportation

 

Penang has a long history as a trading port. It boasts a comprehensive network of air, sea, road and rail transportation and is easily accessible.

Getting There

By Air

Penang has air links with major capitals of the region such as Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Medan, Banda Acheh, Macau, Hong Kong, Xiamen and Taipei. Its airport, the Penang International Airport, is about 16km from George Town. You can purchase taxi coupons at the airport before leaving for various destinations in the state or hire limousines, which cost slightly higher. The Rapid Penang bus no. 401E stops at the airport and the Weld Quary Jetty where you can make a transit to your destination.

By Road

You can drive to Penang via the Penang Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

By Sea

You can get to Penang Island from Butterworth by ferry, which caters for both passengers and vehicles. Fares for Passengers and vehicles are collected at the Butterworth terminal and no payment is required for the return journey.

By Rail Enjoy views of the picturesque countryside when you make a train journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. Select class coaches as well as sleeping berths that are available at reasonable rates. Malayan Railway or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) also operates regular services to Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Haadyai and Bangkok from Butterworth. For enquiries regarding train services or fares, call the KTMB ticket counter the ferry terminal in Penang.

Getting Around

Getting around Penang is easy. You can hop on public transport and explore the state by taxis, buses or trishaws.

Taxis

Please ensure that the meter is switched on or agree on the price before you begin your ride.

Buses

The Hop On free Central Area Transit (CAT) takes  visitors to George Town for free. This bus service is available every 15 minutes from 6.00am till midnight. It lies between the Weld Quay Jetty and KOMTAR, taking you to 19 stops within this UNESCO World Heritage City. The Main bus terminals are at Weld Quay Jetty (ferry terminal) and KOMTAR (ground floor). Most buses use coin machines to collect fares.

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