Penang, a DIVERSIFIED island that attracts both local and foreign tourists by its sacred temples, enchanted forests and sandy-white beaches. In this article, top ten stops surrounding the beautiful Penang Island will be EXPOSED. Make sure you are ready with various poses to have your instragrammable photos!
- George’s Church
St. George Church is a nineteenth-century Anglican church situated at Georgetown, Penang. It is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia constructed between 1817 and 1818. It is a PURE white building with the combination of Neo-Classical, Georgian and English Palladian architecture styles. If you’re a building-enthusiast, do not miss this spot. Now, you may also visit The St. George’s Heritage Centre for a guided tour, historical photographic exhibition, books and souvenirs.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday ONLY – 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Address: St. George’s Church, Heritage Centre & Coffee Shop, 1 Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang.
- Kek Lok Si
Kek Lok Si is one of the largest and finest temples in Southeast Asia built in 1891. It is also a unique heritage that treasures the Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals. Make Kek Lok Si as one of your worthy stops in your road trip as you will discover millions of magnificent images of Buddha, hundreds of beautiful cravings, sculptures and murals in the interior and exterior of the temple halls, pagodas and archways. Feel the HOLY at this mystical place.
Opening Hours : Daily – 7.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Address : Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang.
- Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque is built in nineteenth-century by Indian Muslim traders at Georgetown, Penang. It is located at the corner of Buckingham Street and Pitt Street. As a prominent Islamic historical centre, it is part of the World Heritage Site of Georgetown. The exterior is ochre-yellowed while interior is with white marble floors and is decorated with geometric designs. Again, building-enthusiast would surely love this stop!
Address : 14, Jalan Buckingham, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.
- Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
Containing one of the world’s LONGEST Reclining Buddha statues, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is the finest Thai Buddhist temples in Penang. It also owns several colourful statues of Devas and other mystical creatures. You may find and read a series of gold-painted 3D images portraying the story of Gautama Buddha around the gigantic Reclining Buddha. As a culture-lover, do pay a visit here!
Opening Hours : Daily – 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Address : 17, Lorong Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Georgetown, Penang.
- Khoo Kongsi
Khoo Kongsi is one of the well-known Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. It is famous for its extensive lineage that can be tracked back 650 years ago, as well as its spectacular clan house. Khoo Kongsi was built by the craftsmen from China, which is now the greatest architectural MASTERPIECE among the clans. Do visit the ornate structured building with various precise stone carvings.
Opening Hours : Daily – 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Address : 18 Cannon Square, 10200 Penang.
- Penang Botanical Garden
Want to escape from the hustle and bustle in the city? Immerse yourself in this well-landscaped place that comprises multitudinous of indigenous and exotic plant species. Breathe in the fresh air may REJUVENATE you! The lush green garden was set up by the British in 1884 and is divided into 12 sections: Formal Garden, Lily Pond, Perdana Plant House, Tropical Rainforest Jungle Track, Fern House, Fern Rockery, Aroid Walkaway, Cactus House, Orchidarium, Horticulture Centre, Nursery and Quarry Recreational Park.
Opening Hours : Daily – 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Address : Pavilion Building, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Penang.
- Batu Feringghi Beach
Drop by the most well-known stretch of beach in Penang – Batu Ferrighi is a must in your road trip. There are DIVERSIFIED ACTIVITIES to suit all types of travellers. If you prefer to experience beach activities, you may try jet skiing, parasailing or banana boat riding. You can also enjoy the free activities such as sunbathing or sunset strolling. It is a perfect relaxing spot for both international and local tourists.
Address : Batu Feringghi, 10500 Penang.
- Penang Secret Avatar Garden
Are you a fan of Avatar – Pandora? You can now find “Pandora” in Penang! It is the Penang Secret Avatar Garden. It is nestled behind the Thai Pak Koong Temple in Tanjong Tokong. It is a project to turn the piece of greens into a neon FANTASY! The neon lights with different colours certainly brings a peace to your find. Immerse yourself in this mesmerising and enchanted forest. It never fails to be a ROMANTIC destination for the couples!
Opening Hours : Daily – 7.30 p.m. to 12.00 a.m.
Address : 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Penang.
- City Hall
Built by the British in 1903, the City Hall now serves as the office of the Penang Island City Council. The two-storey building combines Edwardian Baroque and Palladian architectural styles. There is nothing much to do there but to view the special architectural styles existing in Malaysia. However, I’m pretty sure you may have the most INSTA-WORTHY photos there!
Address : Jalan Padang Kota Lama, 10200 Georgetown.
- Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
Penang State Museum and Art Gallery is located at the junction of Lebuh Farquhar and Lebuh Light at Georgetown. Established in 1821, it houses various national and state TREASURES: Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewellery and costumes as well as oil paintings by Captain Robert Smith. Immerse yourself in the sea of art and history!
Opening Hours : Saturday to Thursday ONLY – 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Address : Dewan Sri Pinang, Light Street, 10200 Penang.
Don’t miss the top ten stops surrounding the beautiful Penang Island. They averagely take 1 to 2 hour(s) for each stop. Allocate more time for your favourite kind of attraction! What are you waiting for? RENT A CAR and LET’S GO!