Penang Places of Interest

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What to do in Penang

Walking through Georgetown with its eclectic blend of colonial, Moorish, Indian, and Chinese architecture is a sensory journey of fascinating sights, sounds and aromas. Relax and take a trishaw to discover Georgetown’s heart and soul. See the clan houses or kongsi established by Chinese settlers the most famous being Khoo Kongsi with its elaborate decorations.

 

o     Ride past Kapitan Keling Mosque established by Penang’s Indian Muslims.

 

o     Kuan Yin Teng or Goddess of Mercy Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. In the Pulau Tikus suburb is a Thai temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram with its reclining Buddha; reputed to be one of the world’s longest. Many Penangites are Buddhists and Wesak Day is a major festival. Thaipusam is a colourful Hindu festival observed in Penang and a few places worldwide.

 

o     The famous Eastern and Oriental Hotel is the place to unwind and be reminded of an era when it was a popular venue for the city’s elite.

Visitors can stay in the renovated 19th century Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, one of the most well-preserved mansions outside
China.

 

o      To enjoy cool mountain air and a panoramic view of the city, take the unique funicular train up Penang Hill. Batu Ferringhi on the northern coastline is a favourite playground for visitors from near and far. Its casuarina-lined beaches from Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang boast several international deluxe resorts.

 

o     The Penang Bridge, one of Asia’s longest, links mainland Peninsular Malaysia to the island. Penang is also accessible by ferry from Butterworth, the state’s main rail and bus terminal. The Penang International Airport has direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Thailand.

 

You can get more information

 

o         Penang Museums & Art Gallery

o         Interesting Mosques in Penang

o         Interesting Temples in Penang

o         P. Ramlee House

o         Penang Hills & Penang Parks

o         General Attractions

o         Penang Beaches

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