Attractions in Penang
Penang National Park
This National Park is the smallest in Malaysia (tipping the scales at 2300 hectares). However, there are still numerous trails winding through the magnificent jungle that can lead you to some gorgeous, quiet beaches. Call +60 4 881 2016 for more information.
This mansion was built in the late 1800’s, and is the epitome of the unique and bizarre architectural choices of affluent Chinese persons who built homes in Malaysia. Visit www.thebluemansion.com.my for more information.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
The rich Baba-Nyonya built this lavish mansion that can now be toured. It features gorgeous architecture, as well as brilliant furnishing and antique pictures. Visit www.pinangperanakanmansion.com.my for more information.
The Khoo are the most successful of all the clans in Malaysia. The Khoo Kongsi is their clanhouse, which features immaculate sculptures of dragons and gods, among other extravagant works of art. Visit www.khookongsi.com.my for more information.
Tropical Spice Garden
This is an absolute haven for anyone looking to add some unique flavors to their cooking, or simply explore the world of edible herbs and exotic spices. Visit www.tropicalspicegarden.com for more information.
Teluk Bahang Forest Reserve
This considerably large reserve offers you a trip into the world’s most productive ecosystem type, the rainforest. No other ecosystem features as much biological diversity as the rainforest. Call +60 885 1280 for more information.
This temple’s name conjures up visions of massive boa constrictors and pits of venomous snakes, the likes of which Indiana Jones has nightmares about. This snake temple certainly plays host to many of these reptilians, but they are often complacent and not too active (which is for the best). Bus 302 departs Weld Quay and Komtar, which passes by the snake temple at stop RM4.
This Thai temple is known for its 100-year old, golden Buddha statue known as the “Lifting Buddha”. You are supposed to kneel in front of the Buddha, ask a yes or no question, and lift it up. You are then supposed to ask the question again, asking the statue to become heavier if it is a yes, lift the statue a second time, and if it feels heavier than the first time, it is said that the answer to your question is yes. Found at 8, Jalan Perak, 10150 Jelutong.
Kek Lok Si Temple
The “Temple of Supreme Bliss” is a Buddhist temple near the sea in Penang. One of the most famous temples in Malaysia, it is a place of spiritual significance for Buddhists throughout Southeast Asia.
Victoria Memorial Clock Tower
Located on the Northwestern corner of Fort Cornwallis the Victoria memorial Clock Tower. This 18m spectacle was donated by a Chinese millionaire in honor of the 18 year reign of Queen Victoria.
This interesting museum has over 100,000 toys from a variety of origins spanning a massive collection of Barbies to a creepy collection called the Chamber of Horrors. Visit http://toymuseum-heritagegarden.com/ for more information.
Performing Arts Centre of Penang
Catch a number of different performing arts in Penang in this theatre that comfortably fits ups to 500 patrons. Visit www.penangpac.org for more information.
George Town World Heritage Inc.
This museum has numerous displays and dioramas filled with information about George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage designation. Visit www.gtwhi.com.my for more information.
Ernest Zacharevic x E&O
This famous street artist is responsible for many of the murals you will see as you walk around Penang. Visit www.facebook.com/ernestzacharevicxeno for more information.