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25 Best places to visit in Penang

 
  • 01Kek Lok Si Temple

    The Malaysian island of Penang is famous for some interesting marvels. KekLok Si Temple is situated in Air Itam and has a sea facing location. This Buddhist temple is considered to be the largest religious structure in Malaysia. There are around 10,000 statues of Buddha present in this temple. This landmark is one of the top visited places of Penang.

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    Location: KekLok Si Temple is situated 3 km away from the Penang Hill Station.

    Highlights: Since this temple is built at the foot of Air Itam Mountain, it offers a lovely scenic view. There are number of shops available in the vicinity that offers a variety of souvenirs. The best part about KekLok Si Temple is its architecture that is quite amusing. There are flower gardens and fish ponds in the temple complex that makes this area serene.

    Best Time: The best time to visit the temple is during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

    Price: 2 MYR.
  • 02Penang Interactive Museum

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    Penang Interactive Museum is one interesting place which should be visited by every tourist. This particular landmark is special as it has everything related to Penang. One can gather information related to the famous personalities along with the Malaysian culture and cuisines. This museum is rich in offering a large variety of paintings and interactive art pieces which would surely stun the audience.

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    Location: The exact location of Penang Interactive Museum is in George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

    Highlights: Penang Interactive Museum is a unique destination that has a 20-foot long handmade jetty waterfront. Moreover, the visitors can even check out interactive kiosks which are very impressive.
      
    Best Time: The museum is open throughout the year for the public. The best time to visit Penang Interactive Museum is during the day time.

    Price
    : The visitors need to make a reservation in order to experience the beauty of this place.
  • 03Batu Ferringhi Beach

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    Batu Ferringhi is a popular town in Penang. The reason for its popularity is due to its seaside location. This region is popular for its classic hotels and tourist resorts. Golden Sands Resort and Shangri-La’s Sayang Resort & Spa have supreme facilities for the visitors. The sandy beaches are the main attraction of Batu Ferringhi. The tourists can access a number of beach sports and water sports in this region.

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    Location: Batu Ferringhi Beach is situated in North-east Penang Island.

    Highlights: The Batu Ferringhi Beach is well known for jet-skiing, parasailing, deep sea fishing and water skiing. The fish spa service in this area is very relaxing. Batu Ferringhi Beach has a wonderful climate that would surely people the visitors mind & soul.

    Best Time: The perfect time to visit this area is in the evening when all activities are available for the visitors.

    Price: There is no visiting charge to enter this beach.
  • 04Penang Hill Train

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     The Penang Hill Train or Penang Hill Funicular Railway is a rail service that helps people travel to the top of the Penang Hill that holds a marvelous scenic beauty. The Funicular Railway was remodeled and re-opened in 2011.

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    Highlights: Rapid Penang bus 204 is the only bus service that takes people to the Penang Railway Station. This bus service starts from Penang Jetty and crosses Esplanade to reach KOMTAR bus station and at last Penang Hill. During this route the tourists can also view the big temple at Kek Lok Si.

    Location: Penang Hill Train is situated in Air Itam, Penang Island. There is a walking route of 5 Km which starts from Botanical Gardens and reaches the top of the Penang Hill.

    Best Time: First train at 6:30am, while the last train at 11:00 pm on all days.

    Price: Adult- 3RM, Children- 3RM and different prices for students and senior citizens.
  • 05Penang National Park Hike

    Need to explore the nature in its pristine form? One surely has to visit Penang National Park which is spread across 2,563 hectares. This national park was officialised in April 2003 and consists of lowland forests, sandy beach habitats and some open coastal seas. The hike trail in this area is counted as the best activity. It mostly starts from Teluk Bahang and covers the hilly terrain that can reach up to a height of 75 metres.

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    Highlights: During the hiking session one can visit the fishing village, Pantai Kerachut and even Muka Head which are the prime locations that possess natural marvels.

    Location: This National Park is situated near North-western Penang Island. The park entrance is located at Teluk Bahang which is approx. 30 minutes from Georgetown.

    Best Time: 7:30 am- 6:00 pm on all days.

    Price: One needs to register at the park office where they can access various services like camping, bird watching etc at different prices.
  • 06Adventure Zone Theme Park

    The Adventure Zone is an excellent family entertainment arena for children and adults. This Theme Park is built in a 10,300 sq ft indoor facility that includes family-style activities for teens and adults to interact in a safe environment. The area is air-conditioned and consists of three categories of exciting drop slides. Moreover, there are multiple sections of modular play equipment. The guests can easily access other facilities like a reception area, toddler zone, retail and snack counter and kids club.

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    Highlights: There are a number of daily activities which are especially planned for the entertainment of the guests. The people are advised to wear socks when they are on any play equipment. Long sleeves shirts are advisable when using any of the slides.

    Location: Adventure Zone Theme Park is situated in Golden Sands Resort, Penang, Malaysia.

    Best Time: 10am-7pm.

    Price: Children- MYR 48 nett for half-day package (Resort guests). Adult entry is free.
  • 07Georgetown Heritage walk

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    Georgetown is the capital of the Malaysian island Penang. This region was an important trading hub and till date it consists of a number of Chinese shop houses. Georgetown has developed into a modern city which is still wrapped in its culture. The Georgetown Heritage Walk is a wonderful way to explore the various attractions of the city. A self-guided tour would help the tourists experiencing the beauty of this area in the best of forms.

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    Highlights: During the Georgetown Heritage Walk one can visit the famous marvels like Leong San Tong Khoo Mansion, Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and even the Town Hall. This area is a blend of culture and tradition that would surely impress the tourists.

    Location: Georgetown is located on the north-eastern corner of the island Penang.

    Best Time: Georgetown Heritage Walk can be availed anytime but the day hours would be the best to view the landmarks clearly.
      
    Price: No fee
  • 08Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

    The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has received several awards for heritage conservation and best Malaysian travel. It has a history that goes back to several years and is known for its alluring highlights.

    Location: The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at 14 Leith Street in 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.



    Highlights: The outer walls of the mansion are painted in a stark indigo blue colour that makes it a very distinctive building in the locality. This nineteenth century building is composed of thirty eight rooms, five granite paved courtyards, seven stair cases and several vernacular timbre louver windows. Chinese cut work and porcelain work are the major marvels of this mansion.

    Best time: Daily guided tours take the visitors on a journey of the history of this mansion. You can visit any time for this.

    Price: It will cost you RM 17 to take a stroll inside this beautiful mansion.


  • 09Penang War Museum

    Penang War Museum was basically a fort which was built by the British in the 1930s. At present, this fort has been transformed into a museum which was opened for the public in 2002. This structure has been tagged as Southeast Asia’s largest war museum. Penang War Museum is also known as Muzium Perang Pulau Pinang. The beauty of this place is the presence of historical artifacts like cannons and underground military tunnels.

    Location:
    The Penang War Museum is situated in Bukit Batu Maung.
     
    Highlights: The Penang War Museum has ammunition bunkers which are located nine meters below the surface. There are some tunnels which lead to the sea. The tourists can also check out gun emplacements, cookhouses and other interesting structures.

    Best Time: The museum is open for the public on all days from 09:00 – 19:00.

    Price: The entrance fee is RM15 for Malaysians and RM30 (USD9) for foreigners.


  • 10Fort Cornwallis

    Fort Cornwallis is tagged as the largest standing fort in the region of Penang and even in Malaysia. This fort is basically a star-shaped bastion which holds superb architecture. Fort Cornwallis was built in 1786 as a defensive structure against the pirates. This fort was rebuilt with bricks and stones to give a stronger foundation. The location of Fort Cornwallis is quite amusing which makes it an attractive tourist spot.

    Location: Fort Cornwallis is located on the Northeastern coast of Penang Island, Malaysia.



    Highlights: The interior of Fort Cornwallis is very unique. A bronze statue of Captain Francis Light is present at the main entrance. One can explore prison cells, storage areas and barracks. There are numerous bronze cannons which are still preserved in the best of forms.

    Best Time: This fort can be visited on any day between 09:00- 18:30.

    Price: The ticket price is RM20 for Adults and RM 10 for kids.


  • 11Penang Khoo Khongsi

    You can call Penang Khoo Khongsi as the largest clan temple in the country. This monument was built to mark the dominance of Chinese in Penang. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The architecture of this temple is mind blowing which has retained its beauty till date.

    Location: Penang Khoo Khongsi is located in the oldest part of Georgetown, Penang.



    Highlights: The temple has different sections which are decorated in interesting ways. There is an association building along with a traditional theatre which is attached to the temple. The main entrance of Penang Khoo Khongsi is very vibrant. The hallway consists of ancient monuments which are wonderfully carved.

    Best Time: Penang Khoo Khongsi opens daily. The visitors and tourists can visit the temple between 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.

    Price: The entry ticket for adults is RM 10 and the entry fee for children is RM 1.


  • 12Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram

    Penang is famous for its temples and one such amazing landmark is Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram. It was built in 1845 and is among the list of top visited places in this region. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram has a yellow-and-blue colour which makes this structure appear unique. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is also known as Wat Buppharam. The main attraction of this temple is the presence of a reclining Buddha image which is 108-ft long.

    Location: Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is situated in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.


     
    Highlight: Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is situated close to the Dharmmikarama Temple. The tourists would surely be amazed looking at the lovely sight of Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram due to the presence of mural-painted walls and gold pagodas. This Thai temple has sharp-eaved roofs which add on to the structures architecture.

    Best Time: The temple is open for visitors daily between 10:00- 18:00.

    Price: There is no fee to visit the temple.


  • 13Snake Temple

    This Snake Temple in Penang has an interesting history. It is said that, it is built to honour the famous Buddhist priest and healer Chor Soo Kong. The monk gave shelter to snakes after the temple was built and that is why it is called the Snake Temple. This structure is counted among Malaysia’s top tourist destinations which makes it so popular. One can spot a number of snakes in & around the temple which is a unique sight.

    Location: The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas which is 12 km away from Georgetown, Penang.

    Highlights: The entrance of the temple has a big incense burner. The smoke produced by this burner acts as a tranquilizer which make the snakes go motionless. There is a 600-lb bell present in the main hall which is another striking element of the temple.

    Best Time: 06:00- 19:00.

    Price: Temple entry is Free.

  • 14Little India in Penang

    Little India in Penang is basically an ethnic Indian enclave. There is an old Hindu temple called the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. One can easily sense a resemblance after entering the market streets. The tourists might feel that they have entered any market in Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. The cuisine in Little India is quite famous. This region is also known for its cultural and commercial activities.

    Location: Little India is situated at the centre of Penang Heritage zone. It covers an area around three streets namely, Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Pasar.


    Highlights: During the festival times like Christmas, Deepavali and Thaipusam, this area gets more vibrant and lively. The tourists can hop on a trishaw from Georgetown to reach little India. One can also rent a scooter or motorbike to cover different sections of this area.

    Best Time: One can visit this area anytime.

    Price: No Fee.


  • 15Penang Bird Park

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    The Penang Bird Park is the largest bird sanctuary in Malaysia. This park was built in 1988 which is home to over 300 species of birds. One can easily spot tiny exotic sunbirds along with kingfishers in this sanctuary. There are gigantic eight-feet tall ostriches which are also present in this area. The birds are offered an amazing natural habitat which makes Penang Bird Park a perfect enclosure.

    Location: Penang Bird Park is located in Seberang Jaya.



    Highlights:
    Tourists can spot mandarin ducks, storks, swans, pelicans and flamingos in Penang Bird Park. The whole area has an interesting setup which looks attractive. There are Chinese-style wooden bridges along with natural ponds. Penang Bird Park also has a fine range of plants ranging from lilies, lotus and palm trees.

    Best Time: This bird sanctuary is open daily between 9am- 7pm.

    Price: The ticket price for adults is RM 38. For children, the ticket price is RM 20.


  • 16Penang Botanic Garden

    The Penang Botanic Gardens commonly popular as the ‘Waterfall Gardens’, is a public park which derives its epithet from cascading waterfalls situated near the park. Established in the year 1884, the original gardens came from an old quarry site.

    Highlights: The bright green foliage of leaves on the tress and shaded spots falling in between the walking tracks under the blue sky create the ideal scenic view. A variety of trees and flowers meet the eye while the fresh stream of water flowing from the waterfall winds along the garden. Be wary of monkeys who are famous for snatching bags of the visitors.


     
    Location: The Park is situated on Jalan Air Terjun in George Town, Malaysia.

    Best time: To relish the tranquil environment of the park, you can visit anytime in the morning and evening if you want to avoid the heat.

    Price: Entry to the park is free of cost.


  • 17Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

    Cheong FattTze Mansion is a famous indigo-blue Chinese Courtyard House that has become a popular tourist spot. This structure was built in the 19th century by the famous personality Cheong FattTze. At present, this mansion has been transformed into a royal hotel that consists of 38 rooms, 7 staircases, 5 granite-paved courtyards and 220 windows.

    Location: Cheong FattTze Mansion is located at Leith Street, Georgetown, Penang.



    Highlights: In 2000, Cheong FattTze Mansion was acknowledged with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award. An amount of RM 7.6 million was spent on its restoration. The main attraction of this structure is its architecture. One can easily spot gothic louvre windows, paste decorative shard works and Scottish cast iron works which make the Cheong FattTze Mansion look magical.

    Best Time: One can make a reservation in this hotel anytime they want to.

    Price: The prices vary depending on the room size and other comforts.


  • 18Clan Jetties

    A part of the Penang heritage trail, Clan jetties is a conglomeration of six jetties. It was one of the last Chinese settlements on the island which is still home to various Chinese clans. The name of every jetty has been kept after a Chinese clan. The place offers plenty of Kodak moments to visitors, especially the Chew jetty.

    Location: The Clan jetties are located straight down from Lebuh Chulia at Pengkalan Weld Quay.

    Highlights: Tourist friendly aura and stilt houses await the keen eye of travelers. There is a temple which is worth watching. None of the people here pay any taxes to this day as they contend that they are not living on land. The place has a rich history associated with its existence.

    Best time: Be wary of the fact that people still live here. So travelling here during the evenings is best for clicking best shots.

    Price: No entry fee.

  • 19Kapitan Keling Mosque

    The Kapitan Keling Mosque was built back in the nineteenth century. It is a prominent Islamic historic centre and a part of the World Heritage site of George Town. It is also the first permanent Muslim institution that was established in the area.

    Location: The mosque is situated at the corner of Lebuh Buckingham at the Pitt Street. It lies in the centre of the Tamil Muslim neighbourhood of the city.


     
    Highlights: The terms ‘Keling’ and ‘Kapitan’ are representative of the Indian community and its people. The mosque has undergone several enlargement renovations. Geometric designs decorate the façade of the building and the interior aisles are formed of horseshoe arches which are crowned with King Edward’s plagues. The ochre yellow exteriors are in contrast to the white marble floors in the interior.

    Best time: Being a mosque, it is open to all during its hours of operation.

    Price: Entry is free.


  • 20Kuan Yin Temple

    The tranquil and lovely environs of Kuan Yin Temple attract many visitors all round the year who come here to discover a stress relieving aura. Being the oldest temple in Penang, it is the most magnificent Chinese style structure in Northern Malaysia.

    Location: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


    Highlights: The temple was built in the honour of Chinese goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, hence the name of the temple. It was brought to use not just for religious purposes but also for social gatherings initially. Typical Chinese architecture can be observed at the temple with carvings of dragons around stone pillars, ceramic sculptures of dragons that line up the roof ridges and high rising ceilings. The temple grounds also have two wells and are designed for use by the public.

    Best Time: The temple is open between 8.30 AM and early evening.

    Price: Entry is free.


  • 21Mengkuang Dam

    The Mengkuang Dam is the second dam to be built in Penang after the Ayer Itam Dam. It was opened officially in the year 1985. The dam has been constructed with dimensions that make it the largest in Penang.

    Location: The Mengkuang Dam is situated to the north east of Butterworth in Malaysia.

    Highlights: The Mengkaung reservoir has ten times the capacity of the Air Itam dam. It has remained closed for the public since 2011 and is due to open again on 31st July 2016. Recreational activities are offered by the park near the dam area. The dam also acts as the venue for the annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival which is a fiesta of colours and noise.

    Best time: A visit to the dam is best enjoyed during a pleasant weather, when one can easily enjoy at the park.

    Price: Entry is free to the Mengkuang Dam.

  • 22Penang Floating Mosque

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    The floating mosque, as it is commonly known as, derives its name from the fact that it is the first mosque to be built directly in the ocean water. Otherwise, it is known as Masjid Terapun Pulau Pinang. The mosque was constructed back in the year 2005.

    Location: The floating mosque is located at Tanjung Bungah in Penang, Malaysia.

    Highlights: There is nothing peculiar about visiting this mosque except the usual strictness regarding clothing and separate worship area for men and women. Women can avail robes which are available at the mosque to cover themselves as per the rules. As a tourist, there is no restriction at clicking snaps outside the mosque.

    Best time: If you visit the mosque around 3-4 pm, you will find yourself in between the prayer time. Tourists are most welcome at the mosque at any time.

    Price: Entry to the mosque is free of cost.

  • 23Penang State Museum & Art Gallery

    The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery greets its visitors with a regal bronze statue of Captain Francis Light who was the founder of the Penang Straits Settlement. It is touted to be one of the most reputed and famous state museums in the country.

    Location: The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery is located in Central Georgetown on Lebuh Farquhar between Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling and Love Lane.



    Highlights: The museum is divided into galleries which are dedicated to Penang’s historical communities and historical event that took place in the past. The museum also attracts visitors for its fine collection of old photographs, maps, historical documents, costumes, historical relics and Chinese furniture. Special exhibitions are also held at the museum from time to time.

    Best time: One can visit anytime when the museum is open between Saturdays to Thursday between 9 to 5 PM.

    Price: Admission is free of cost.


  • 24Penang Tropical Fruit Farm

    The Penang Tropical Fruit Farm is an exemplary proof of Malaysia’s 370 species of edible fruits which include some very exotic ones too that entice even the fussiest eaters. The fruit farm preserves the green heritage of Malaysia. It contributes to the future generations as plantation of local as well as fruits from around the world is done at these farms.

    Location: The Penang Tropical Fruit Farm is located at Jalan Teluk Bahang in George Town, Malaysia.

    Highlights: The farm sprawls across an area of 25 acres. More than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits are planted here. The quality of plantation and the dedication of the workers here contribute to the fruitful results, literally. You are most welcome to relish the taste of numerous tropical fruits.

    Best time: The farm opens daily between 9 to 6 PM. A breezy day will be best to travel.

    Price: 10 RM for adults and free for children.


  • 25Pulau Jerejak / Jerejak Island

    Pulau Jerejak / Jerejak Island is a short ferry ride from Bayan Lepas. It was the main leper asylum for the Straits Settlements, quarantine station and penal colony. Today, the development of Jerejak remains riddled with controversies as concerns rise for the removal of the island’s historical remains and heritage and the impact of new developments on the fragile eco system of the island.

    Location: The 362 hectare island is situated at the south-eastern tip of Penang, Malaysia. A short ferry ride can be taken from Bayan Lepas to reach here.

    Highlights: Conversion of Jerejak into a resort was planned since 2000. The island is merely ten minutes away from the hustling Penang Island. Transportation is simple with ferry rides available.

    Best time: The green island can be explored at any time during the year and a three days stay at the place will leave you with a wonderful experience.

    Price: Cost includes ferry rides and accommodation only.