Places of Interest in Penang
Penang has myriad of options when it comes to fabulous tourist destinations. But that’s not the end; you would be horribly wrong if you think that there is nothing you can do in Penang. Penang is known for its exciting activities throughout the year and is very much suitable for all the age groups.
The activities in Penang are based on its age old tradition and rich culture. But it’s thoroughly mixed with a hint of modernity in every bit. You will experience something exquisite, something you haven’t experienced before and you will carry a whole lot of beautiful memories when you leave Penang.
These are not only merely ‘things to do’ in Penang, these are more than that- the panoramic view from the Penang Hill, or the enthralling theme park, there is no end to it unless you have had mouth-watering street food.
So just indulge in and feel the spirit of Penang!!
Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station in Malaysia. A hill resort ocated in Air Itam and very well connected from Georgetown. It provides a bird’s eye view of the entire island. The cable car that takes you to Penang Hill runs on the funicular railway which was built by the British between 1906 and 1923 ensures some of the amazing views so this is something you simply cannot miss. Also known as the Flagstaff hill, this one is a popular tourist attraction because of its comparatively cooler weather with an elevation of 833m (2,723ft) above sea level and the serene environment.
Street Art in Georgetown
The idea of street painting in Georgetown was a massive hit as tourist poured in from all over the world to see some of the beautiful street- art that has been ever created. The subtle art inspired by the thoughts of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevich have captured the minds of many and you would not want to miss it if you are crazy about art and design.
Penang Famous Hawker Food
An absolute delight for foodies, Penang’s hawker food guarantees a journey to a paradise of delectable and scrumptious food at a price that you can never imagine. Comprising of both veg and non-veg variants these open-air stalls are located throughout the city and can offer you a hearty meal 24×7. Using the generation old ingredients to bring out the magic in these tasty dishes, Penang’s street food is nothing less than a sensation..
Kek Lok Si Temple
Also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss, the Kek Lok Si temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the whole of South-east Asia. The beautifully carved temples and the well maintained gardens are an absolute treat to the eyes. The Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas is the centre of attraction with its magnificent size and the wonderful Buddha statues displayed inside. The recently renovated, gigantic Kuan Yin (The Goddess of Mercy) Pavillion with 82.7m tall, equivalent to the height of a 20-storey building, giving shelter to the enormous bronze statue of 30.2m tall Kuan Yin is another highlight. Definitely a must visit place for all.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is among the three traditional mansions that are outside China. The mansion is an example of quality craftsmanship and is inspired by the Chinese Feng shui design. The lavish courtyards and the king-sized rooms are stunning. Guided tours are available during the day and we would suggest you the same if you want a detailed history of the art and culture of the mansion.
The Weld Quay Clan Jetties
The clan jetties are a part of Penang’s rich heritage. This age old Chinese settlement is regarded as one of the oldest and its uniqueness has been adored by tourists. It has a different kind of look and feel with the water houses built on stilts and so many beautiful things that will remind you of the Chinese era. If you want to embrace the history of the seven jetties (currently six) then you should add this place to your wishlist.
Flea Markets, Night Markets
Stretching over a length 1-2km along the Batu Ferringhi beach road, the night market has a different charm. There are a plethora of shopping items ranging from apparels, accessories to electronic goods you can gamble upon. The shops are open even after midnight so that you can steal a deal even if you are late. The flea markets, in Upper Penang Road & Straits Quay operate during weekends. A stretch of food, antiques, handmade art & craft products can be found there.
Batu Ferringhi Beach
If you are a beach lover then Batu Ferringhi beach is just the place you want to be after coming to Penang. There are so many things you can try out here with Foot Reflexology and Fish Spa being the most common activities. Batu Ferringhi also has provision for water sports and a number of beach sports. Enjoy the splashing waves as they strike the seashore or spend a wonderful time watching the sunset with your loved ones!!
Penang 3D Arts Gallery
The Penang Interactive Museum is the best place to explore Penang from scratch. All the artwork has been exclusively done by the artists of Penang. Looking at the beautiful 3D artwork you will get an extensive idea about Penang. There are different sections inside the museum, each with its unique designs. The sculptures have great detailing and will never fail to mesmerize you over and over again.
Chocolate Factory Outlet
Chocolate & Coffee Museum, perviously known as The Chocolate Boutique, is a tourist shop on Leith Street, in George Town, Penang. It specializes in retailing branded and high-end chocolate products, mostly to foreign tourists who arrive by tour coaches. The boutique occupies a double storey bungalow that was formerly the New China Hotel.
As would be expected, the inside of the Chocolate & Coffee Museum is a bonanza of chocolates, grouped by theme. If you are a chocolate lover, this place can help you put on some weight and lighten some pockets.