Penang Attractions

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Penang Attractions – Penang General Attractions & Places of Interests

 

o      Khoo Kongsi: The elaborate Khoo Kongsi is by far the grandest clan temple on the island. The forefathers of’ the Khoo family who emigrated from South China built it as a clan house for members of the Khoo family. Construction began around 1853 and was completed in 1898. The building was so magnificent that on its completion, the roof caught fire because of its resemblance, some believe, to the Emperor’s palace in China. The building features a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and richly ornamented beams of the finest wood bearing the mark of master craftsmen from China. Permission to enter must be obtained from the Kongsi office.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm

 

Admission fee: RM5.00 (adult)

RM 1.00 (children).

 

o     Clock Tower: Towering 60 feet high, the clock tower was presented to Penang by local millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok, in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

 

o      KOMTAR: The Tun Abdul Razak Complex or KOMTAR, a prominent Penang landmark, houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants. Its 65-storey tower dominates the city’s skyline. The complex also contains theatres, squash courts and a geodesic dome which serves as a multipurpose hall. The 55th floor offers visitors a panoramic view of the city and on clear days, the distant Gunung Jerai or Kedah Peak on the mainland is visible.

 

Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm.

 

o     Chinatown: Stretching from Weld Quay to Lebuh Stewart, Lebuh Muntri, Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh King, Chinatown is so large and well-preserved that it provides a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of Chinese immigrant settlers who came here in the 1800s. Visitors will be intrigued by the many clan houses, shophouses and temples found along these streets.

 

o     Penang Butterfly Farm: The farm spans 0.8 hectares and is home to 3,000 living specimens of over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. It features a lily pond, rock garden, tunnel, bubbling mud pool and artificial waterfalls. Also within the farm are a garden enclosure, breeding area, laboratory, exhibition area, souvenir shop and information centre.

 

Opening hours - 9.00am to 5.00pm

 

Admission fee - RM5.00 (adult)

                                       RM2.00 (children)

                                       RM10.00 (adults-foreign)

                                       RM5.00 (children-foreign)

 

o     Penang Bridge: The Penang Bridge, which links Penang Island and the mainland, was officially opened on September 15, 1988. This spectacular bridge spans 13.5km across the channel, offering a beautiful view of the open sea, ships and the sprawling coastline.

 

o     Tropical Spice Garden: Situated in Teluk Bahang, the Tropical Spice Garden is set within a hidden enclave amidst streams and waterfalls. The garden has over 500 exotic varieties of plants depicting some examples from a microcosm of diverse ecosystems over some eight acres of land. It has undulating landscaped trails for visitors entering various perfumed gardens and rooms. Paths like Ginger Walk, Fern Walk, Bamboo Garden, Water Garden and Sugar Terrace enable visitors to get a feel of the plant life, birds and insects in a natural tropical environment.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm

 

Admission fee: RM8.00 (adult)

RM4.00 (children)

 

Batu Ferringhi’s Sidewalk Bazaar: After sunset, the Batu Ferringhi sidewalk transforms into a bazaar, where traders from all over the island set up their stalls under colourful canopies, like the night market, everything from food, clothing, batik, watches, pens, cameras and personal accessories are sold here and bargaining is the order of the day. The stalls operate from 6.00pm.

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