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About Penang
Penang Island is located on the north - west coast of Peninsular of Malaysia. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite.

Penang as an island has a number of local attractions and fascinating places to visit while in Penang is a must for all the tourists.

How to go to Penang?

You can travel to Penang by road transportations or by air. There are many low cost air travels to Penang. The low cost airlines that fly to Penang to name a few are:

1. Air Asia
2. Fire Fly
3. Malindo Air
 
Where to stay in Penang
While in Penang, there are a number of local and International hotels for the tourists to stay. There are a number of hotels running along the Tanjung Bungah right up to Batu Ferringhi Beaches.
 
Although the low cost apartments and apartments are growing up in numbers are normally occupied by the local tourist from other States in Malaysia. These apartments are always fully booked. To be on the safe side, visitors to Penang are advised to book the rooms in advanced to avoid disappointment.
 
 
 
 
Plenty of good food to eat
 Char Kuey Teow                                      Penang Assam Laksa                             Penang Passembor
 
Food is a plenty  Penang. The local dishes such as mee goreng, char kuay teow, pasembor, rojak, nasi lemak, Mee Jawa, laksa and nasi kandar are the favorites of Penangites.  The penangnites are known for enjoying the best food and their standards of eating in terms of tasty food are pretty high. Every dishes must taste to perfection. While in Penang, you can always tell a  Penangite within seconds from their militant loyalty to Penang food. The upside is that cooks here take pride in keeping their food consistent but the downside is that prices have inflated somewhat. You must try the Assam Laksa here and the Char kuey teow. This is also where nasi kandar hails from and no trip to Penang is complete without piping hot rice slathered with at least four kinds of curry.

 

 
Fort Cornwallis
Fort Cornwallis, or locally known as 'Padang Kota Lama", was originally built using wood. The fort marks the place where Capt. Francis Light  landed in Penang on July 16, 1786. Adjacent to the fort is the   seaside Esplanade and the newly restored City Hall, which was built in 1903.

There used to be  a lighthouse at the Padang Kota Lama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang

The Tropical Spice Garden is one of Penang's most popular attractions. Located in Teluk Bahang, near the popular Batu Ferringhi beach, about less than 3 km. The Tropical Spice Garden is privately run nature garden hosts more than 500 varieties  of local and regional flora. Spread in an area of 3 hectares, this tropical jungle setting is designed specifically for the enjoyment of good nature. With naturally formed landscaped paths and naturals trials, visitors can traverse into nature and experience the sounds of nature from running streams and cascading waterfalls. A must-see in Penang.

 
Penang Road, downtown George Town
George Town is largely made of nineteenth and early Twentieth century Straits Chinese shop houses, along with Indian and Malay quarters. Anglo-Indian colonial buildings are also to be found amongst elaborate Chinese and Indian temples and Indian temples and Indian Muslim Mosques. George Town has the largest aggregation of pre-war houses built around 12,000, bearing their trademark red terra cotta roofs, in the whole of South East Asia. Chulia Street and the Upper Penang Road are the focal points of budget travelers and backpackers due to the many budget hotels and guesthouses.These road are vibrant and especially colourful at night due to the many nightspots and bars catering mostly to travellers.
 
Esplanade
The Esplanade is a place steeped in history. The very first British settlement in Penang was founded at this site and later grew around it and expanded. The Esplanade, now officially known as Padang Kota Lama, is located where Fort Cornwallis is sited in George Town at the north-eastern tip of Penang Island. It was called "The Esplanade" because an esplanade is an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire.

(Photos of old Esplanade is source from: Malaysia Fact Book).


The Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse

The Khoo Kongsi Clandhouse is a large Chinese Clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang. It is located in the heart of the oldest part of the city, in trhe midst of narrow, winding lanes and quaint-looking pre-war houses exuding a palpable old world charm.


The Jubilee Clock Tower

The Jubilee Clock Tower is King Edward's Place was erected in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1837)-1897). It is 60 ft (18 meter high), a foot for each year of the Queen's reign.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kek Lok Si Temple

The Kek Lok Si Temple at Air Hitam is the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia. Continuously expanded and renovated since its establishment in the late 19th century. It is a temple complex of luxuriant architecture and beauty. The most famous feature in the temple complex is the 30.2 m collosal bronze statuue of the Goddess of Mercy (Avalokitesvara or Guanyin), an important Buddhist bodhisattva, which stands on the hill slope behind the temple complex.

 

The Sleeping Buddha Temple

The Sleeping Buddha Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram) located off Burma Road is a Siamese Buddhist temple housing a colossal Buddha in a reclining position. The noteworthy architecture of the temple bears testimony to the once vibrant Siamese community in Penang Directly opposite this temple is the equally enchanting Dharmikara Burmese Temple.

 

 

 

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Places of Interests
  • Penang National Park
  • Tropical Spice Garden
  • Fort Conwallis
  • Penang Road Downtown, George Town
  • Esplanade
  • The Khoo Kongsi Clan house
  • The Jubilee Clock Tower
  • Kek Lok Si Temple
  • The Sleeping Buddha Temple
  • St. George's Church
  • The Taman Rimba
  • The Butterfly Farm
  • The Telok Bahang Dam
  • The Theme Park ESCAPE
  • Penang Bridges
  • Penang Sleeping Buddha

 

 

 
 
 
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