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Batu Ferringhi, Jalan Batu Ferringhi
Situated along the coastal road north-west of Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi is the most popular beach in Penang. Soak in the sun or unwind on the beach while you enjoy a host of aquatic thrills from wind-surfing to canoeing. For a spine-tingling adventure, try parasailing to enjoy the view of the beach from the sky. As the sun sets, Batu Ferringhi comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere with an open-air bazaar selling anything from ornate curios to enticing souvenir items.
Gurney Drive, Persiaran Gurney
Gurney Drive, one of the most well-known places in Penang, is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at night, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea. Visitors can feast to their hearts’ content on a variety of mouth-watering Malaysian culinary specialti
Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Lebuh Farquhar
Built in 1821, the Museum houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical relics. There are also Malay daggers (kris), Chinese furniture, embroidery and painting of old Penang. The Art gallery on the first floor displays the works of local artists.
Kapitan Keling Mosque, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling
Named after the Indian Muslim merchant, the "Kapitan Kling" (headman) Caudeer Mohudeen who built it in the early 19th century. It features an ochre yellow facade and dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. Permission to enter must be sought from mosque officials.
Acheen Street Mosque, Lebuh Acheen
Also known as Masjid Melayu, the mosque was built on land donated by Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid who came from Acheh in Sumatera. The 1820 mosque features a small window halfway up the minerat, said to have originally been a hole made by cannonball fired during the 1867 triad riots. Permission to enter need to be sought from mosque officials.
Kuan Yin Temple, Jalan Kapitan Keling
Popularly known as the temple of the Goddess of Mercy, it is the oldest temple in Penang. Built in 1800 the temple forecourt houses two big iron stoves where devotees burn paper money to help predict the future and grant wishes. They then proceed inside where they light incense and shake joss sticks which reveal the future.
Sri Mariamman Temple, Lebuh Queen
The temple, built in 1883, features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and on its facade. Housed within its ornately decorated interior is the priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds. Permission to enter must be obtained from temple officials.
St George's Church, Lebuh Farquhar
Built with convict labour in 1818, it is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The entrance of this stately Anglican Church named after the patron saint of England, features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.
Khoo Kongsi, Lebuh Cannon
The forefathers of the Khoo family who emigrated from South China built it as a clan-house for members of the Khoo family. It was burned down in 1894 and some believed that it was due to its resemblance to the Emperor's palace. A scaled down version was later built in 1902. 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.
City Hall Esplanade
Built in the 1880s, this stately colonial building is a fine example of British architecture featuring magnificent Corinthian columns and huge windows. Once the seat of local government, it now serves as a venue for special exhibitions.
Fort Cornwallis, Lebuh Light
The fort was built on the site of Francis Light's historic landing in 1786. Originally a wooden stockade, it was replaced by a concrete structure built by convict labour, in 1804. Today, an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery and a handicraft and souvenir centre occupies the interior. It houses the famous Dutch cannon presented to the Sultan of Johor by the Dutch and which finally found its way to Penang after being looted by the Portuguese.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Lebuh Leith
A stately Chinese-type dwelling house representing 18th and 19th century Chinese architecture built in the 1880s by Cheong Fatt Tze, a Guangdong businessman. The interior features beautiful bedrooms, libraries, ceremonial halls, heavy wooden doors, courtyards and gardens. The mansion houses a rare porcelain collection, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries and antiques.
Komtar, Jalan Penang
The Complex Tun Abdul Razak, a prominent Penang landmark, houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants. The 65-storey complex also contains theatres, squash courts and a dome which serves as a multi-purpose hall, while the 55th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and on clear days, Gunung Jerai in Kedah
Penang Cultural Center operates 3 cultural tours daily (expect Fridays) from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. The cultural tour, which lasts for 2 hours 30 minutes each, is a window to the Malaysian culture. In each of these guided tours, the visitor gets to see a traditional welcoming ceremony, Malay martial arts demo, a traditional games demo, handicraft demos, a long house with blowpipe demo, an exhibition on heritage and a 45 minutes culture show featuring dances from all over Malaysia. The center also provides services like welcoming ceremonies, cultural performances and theme parties.
Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam
The temple, built in 1890, took 20 years to complete. Reputed to be the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temple complex in South-east Asia, it features gardens, a giant turtle pool, shrines and beautiful sculptures. The seven-tier pagoda is a shrine dedicated to Boddhisattva Tsi Tsuang Wang, one of the enlightened who declined to enter Nirvana so that he could help bring others to salvation.
The 13.5 km beautiful bridge linking Penang to the mainland is the longest in Asia and third longest in the world. It features a 225-metre high middle span which allows 50,000 tonne ships to pass beneath.
Balik Pulau Kampung Houses
The traditional Malay kampung houses of Balik Pulau feature elaborate carvings, traditional roofs, long windows and verandahs. The design of these houses are also functional – stilts or posts supporting the house above the ground allows for free air circulation and hence make it cooler.
The hills of Balik Pulau abound with clove and nutmeg trees which bear fruit in November to January and July. A visit to the spice garden is a must if you're interested in the spices which brought the early Europeans here.
Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang
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, artificial waterfalls, a rock garden, tunnel and bubbling mud pool. Also included within the farm are souvenir shops and information centre.
The hills of Penang - Western Hill, Tiger Hill, Strawberry Hill, etc. are popular among visitors and locals who flock to the cool hills at weekends and during holidays. A 30-minute journey by funicular rail takes visitors to summit of Flagstaff Hill of Bukit Bendera which offers panoramic views of Georgetown and the mainland beyond said to be especially beautiful at nightfall. A bird park, souvenir stalls, restaurants and a hotel are also available at the mail recreational area.
Built in 1850 and dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong, it is also known as the Temple of The Azure Cloud. It is a sanctuary for pit-vipers said to be the 'servants' of the deity. These poisonous snakes, seen coiled round the pillars, beams and potted plants within the temple are believed to be rendered harmless by the smoke of the burning incense.
The Botanical Gardens offer peace and tranquillity amidst lush green surroundings, tropical plants and the vibrant colours of Penang's flora. The 30-hectare garden also features a waterfall. Created in 1884 by the British, the gardens are also well-known for their bold Rhesus monkeys.
Situated along Jalan P.Ramlee (formerly Caunterhall Road), is the newly restored wooden house, to commemorate the late P.Ramlee, Malaysia's foremost entertainer. Originally built in 1926, the house had previously undergone successive repairs before being taken over by the National Archives as an extension of its P.Ramlee Memorial project in Kuala Lumpur. The display within and outside the house features the main living areas and also the life history of the late singer, actor, composer and director. The various artefact include his personal memorabilia related to his life in Penang and also items belonging to his family.
Batu Maung Fishing Village
Batu Maung is a small fishing village at the South-eastern tip of the island, which owes its fame to the beach-front shrine dedicated to Admiral Cheng Ho, the famous Chinese admiral who featured prominently in the history of the Malacca Sultanate. The huge footprint in the vicinity of the shrine is said to be that of the admiral.
Penang Bird Park, Seberang Jaya The park spans 5 acres and houses a fine collection of some 800 birds from over 100 species from all over the world. It is beautifully landscaped and features a walk-in aviary, ponds with ducks and swans, ornamental ponds abounding with water-lilies and Japanese carps and ornamental plants.
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