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Places Of  Interest


 

Khoo Kongsi - is one of the grandest clan temples in the country. Clustered in its square are an elaborately embellished temple, association building, a traditional theatetre as well as several 19th century row houses.


 

Kek Lok Si Temple - Reputed to be the biggest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia,the temple stands majestically on a hill in Air Itam. It boasts the beautiful "Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas" which blends Chinese, Myanmarese and Thai architcture.

 
 

Snake Temple - Bulitin 1850 and dedicated to the deity, Chor Soo Kong, the temple is a sanctuary for pit vipers said to be "servants" of the deity.


 

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion - Featuring 18th and 19th century Chinese architecture, this stately mansion comprises beautiful bedroom, libraries, ceremonial halls, courtyards and gardens. It also houses a rare porcelain callection, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries and antiques.


 

Fort Cornwallis - The fort was built on the site of Sir Francis Light's historic landing in 1786. Originally a wooden stockade, it is now a concrete structure and currently houses cannons, a history gallery, cafè, handicraft and souvenir centre as well as an open-air amphitheatre.


 

War Museum - Built around the remnants of a British fort, this 20-acre museum contanis several installations above and below ground where old war relics are stored. Visitors can weave through a complex to view barracks, old cookhouses, lock-ups, tunnels and ventilation shafts.


 


 
Penang Museum - Hundreds of old prints, paintings, clay, stone and porcelain were as well as other historical artefacts that highlight the important periods in Penang's development can be found here.

 
 

Kapitan Keling Mosque - Built in early 19th century, the mosque features an ochre yellow facade and a dome-shaped minaret relfecting Moorish Islamic influence. It was named after the inden Muslim merchant, the Kapitan Keling (headman), Caudeer Mohudeen.


 

Acheen Street Malay Mosque - Built in 1280 on land donated by Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid, the vernacular-style mosque, also know as Masjid Melayu, features an octagonal minaret and a Moorish arcade.


 

Little India - This quaint Indian town dates back over two centuries and boasts the 167 year old Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Worth browsing here are the pre-war terrace buildings which house restaurants, jewellery and textile shops, dress retailers, music stores, barbers as well as shops selling spices, sundries and cutlery.


 

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple - Built in 1883 and located in Lebuh Queen, This temple showcases interesting sculptures of Hindu deities. Its interior is fascinating and a feast for the eyes. During the annual Thaipusam fastival, the temple comes alive with colour and the sounds of spiritual chanting.


 

Pinang Peranakan Mansion - Contained in this mansion are elaborate traditional costumes and accessories, lovely porcelain pieces, furniture, works of art brought in from China and Europa as well as artefacts related to the history and colourful lifestyle of the Baba Nyonya people of Penang.


 

St.George's Church - The church is one of the oldest landmarks in the city and was named after the patron saint of England. It features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.


 

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram - A unique Buddhist temple with Thai, Myanmarese and Chinese architecture, it houses a 33-matre gold-plated reclining Buddha said to be one of the longest in the world. The niches behind the statue house urns contain the ashes of devotees.


 

P.Ramlee's House - Originally built in 1926 to commemorate the late P.Ramlee, Malaysia's foremost entertainer, the house features the life histury of the late singer, actor, composer and film director. the various exhibits include his personal memorabilia and also item belonging to his family.


 

Penang Hill - Malaysia's first hill station, Penang Hill is 830m above sea level. Ascend to the top by hiking up or by travelling in the funicular train which has been operational since 1922 and enjoy the cool climate as well as the fantastic view at the summit.


 

Penang National Park - The park offers excellent hiking trails which lead to secluded beaches at Teluk Duyung, Muka Head and Pantai Kerachut. It also has a turtle nesting site as well as a unique meromictic lake.


 

Tropical Spice Garden - Visitors can get a feel of plants, brids and insects in a tropical environment at this eight-acre garden which has over 500 exotic varieties of plants.


 

Tropical Fruit Farm - Spread over 25 acres of hilly terrain, the farm produces over 200 tropical and subtropical fruits including durians, lychees, mangoes, guavas and several lesser known varieties.


 

Penang Butterfly Farm - The farm spans 0.8ha and is home to 3,000 living specimens from over 50 species of colourful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects.


 

Penang Bird Park - The park spans 5 acres and house some 800 birds from all over the world. It is beautifully landscaped and features a walk-in aviary, ponds and ornamental plants.


 

Gurney Drive - A favourite haunt for food enthusiasts, this coastal road is  famous for hawker foodstalls and restaurants offering a mouth-watering selection of Penang specialities such as asam laksa, hokkien mee, chee cheong fun, pasembor, rojak and various other delicious local delicacies.