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Sightseeing

Penang Bridge
A link between the island and the mainland, the Penang Bridge is the largest bridge in Asia and the third largest bridge in the world. It is a major national landmark in Malaysia. The bridge offers beautiful and scenic views of the port and the city. There is a Penang Bridge Run taking place on the Bridge every year gratifying both the professional and the non-professional runners.
Ayer Itam Dam
Situated above the Kek Lok Si temple in the Ayer Itam village, the dam offers beautiful views of the island. Enjoy walking or jogging down during the cold season. Ayer Itam Dam is also a famous site for annual religious celebrations.
KOMTAR (Komplex Tun Abdul Razak)
Komplex Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) is a 65-storey tower located in Georgetown. It is Penang’s first skyscraper and also a very useful landmark. The complex contains theaters, squash courts and a geodesic dome that is used as a multi-purpose hall. The 55th floor offers a beautiful panoramic view of the island. One can also enjoy the magnificent view of Gunung Jerai in Kedah on clear days.
Address: Jalan Penang, Georgetown, Penang, MY 10000
Muka Head Lighthouse
Situated at the northwestern cape of the island, Muka Head Lighthouse is a guiding light to the sailors and ships. The place offers scenic views of the ocean. To reach the lighthouse one can enjoy climbing the hill by foot or take a boat from Teluk Bahang jetty.
Address: Muka Head, Balik Pulau, Penang, MY 11000
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202
Fax: +60 4 263 1020

Zoos, Aquariums, Parks & Gardens

Penang Bird Park
Penang Bird Park is a small bird park containing a variety of species of birds. The park has dozens of ostriches, hornbills, flamingos, macaws, peafowls, sea eagles and grey parrots. There is also a fish pond and two walk through aviaries inside. Penang bird park is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday.
Address: Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, Penang, MY 13700
Tel. No: +60 4 399 1899
Fax: +60 4 399 1899
Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden
Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with a deer park, pottery corner and a tea house. The garden is decorated with a collection of tropical flowers along with orchids, cacti and hibiscus. There is a snake show hosted on public holidays and weekends from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden is open from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm everyday.
Address: Persiaran Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, Penang, MY 11900
Tel. No: +60 4 644 8863
Fax: +60 4 288 5733
Penang Butterfly Farm
A wonderful area of around 0.8 hectares covered with different kinds of butterflies, Penang Butterfly Farm is famous among the local residents as well as the tourists. Apart from the butterflies, the farm is also a home for some reptiles, snakes, scorpions and fishes. Early afternoon or late morning is the best time to visit the place. Penang Butterfly Farm is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm during weekdays and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.
Address: No 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang
Tel. No: +60 4 885 1253
Fax: +60 4 885 2011
Penang Botanic Gardens
Penang Botanic Gardens or the Waterfall Gardens, as called by the local residents, has got a beautiful waterfall inside along with its wide collection of flora and fauna. Covering around 30-hectares of land, the garden is also a home for different species of wild monkeys. Botanic Gardens host the Penang International Floral Festival every year for about a week. During the festival, the garden becomes a floral wonderland showcasing an array of flowers and blooms. Penang Botanic Garden is open everyday from 5am to 8pm.
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel. No: +60 4 227 0428
Fax: +60 4 228 6075

Historic sites

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was the house of Cheong Fatt Tze. The mansion has 220 windows, 38 rooms, 7 staircases and 5 granite-paved courtyards and showcases Chinese architecture from the 18th and the 19th century.
Address: 14 Leith Street. George Town, Penang 10200
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0006
Fax: +60 4 262 5289
Fort Cornwallis
Originally built of bakau wood, Fort Cornwallis is the place where Captain Francis Light first arrived in Penang on 16th July 1786. The fortress was rebuilt in stone later on. Situated at the Esplanade, the fort houses a gunpowder bunker, a chapel and a small lighthouse. There are also a lot of old canons located inside the fortress. Fort Cornwallis is closed on Sunday.
Address: Georgetown Esplanade, Padang Kota Lama, Georgetown, Penang, MY 10200
Victorian Clock Tower
Victorian Clock Tower is a sixty-foot high tower. Built in the honor of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the clock tower was financed by Cheah Chen Eok, a local millionaire. Each foot of the tower is dedicated to each year of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Address: Persara King Edward, Junction of Lebuh Light and Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, Penang, MY 10300
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202
Khoo Kongsi
Khoo Kongsi is one of the famous tourist attractions of Penang. This beautiful place was built in 1906 by China’s leading craftsmen. Consists of two buildings on opposite sides, one is an ancestral temple and the other serves as a venue for plays and operas.
Address: 18 Lebuh Cannon, Georgetown, Penang, MY 10200
Tel. No: +60 4 261 4609
Fax: +60 4 262 2591

Religious Places

Dharmikarma Burmese Temple
Guarded by two elephants at the entrance, the Dharmikarma Burmese Temple is the only Burmese temple in Malaysia. It is famous for its wishing pond and on-site Bodhi worshipping tree. The temple is a home for the water festival celebrated in the month of April.
Address: Lorong Burma, Penang, MY 10500
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202
Fax: +60 4 263 1020
Kek Lok Si Temple
Located near the Ayer Itam market, Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. It is famous for the big statue of the Kuan Yin Goddess and the seven storey pagoda that showcases influences from Burma, Thailand and China architecture.
Address: Ayer Itam, Penang, MY 11950
Tel. No: +60 4 828 3317
Nattukkotai Temple
Devoted to the god Bala Subramaniam, Nattukkotai Temple is famous for hosting the Thaipusam festival every year. Also famous as the “Elephant temple”, the temple is bordered by bright-green gates and is horded by strings of fresh garlands on the inside. There is a five-foot-high Elephant God standing in the middle of the temple. A miracle occurred in 1997 wherein the Elephant God started drinking milk offered by the devotees.
Address: Jalan Air Terjun, George Town, Penang, MY 10350
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202
Saint George's Church
Built in 1818, Saint George's Church is one of the oldest buildings in Penang. At the entrance, there is the grand Francis Light memorial constructed in the honor of Francis Light.
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, Georgetown, Penang, MY 10200
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202
Wat Chayamangkalaram
Wat Chayamangkalaram is a temple bearing the worlds third largest stretched out Buddha statue. The statue is dressed in gold-leafed saffron and it rests on a huge crematorium. There is a small Thai cemetery and a Thai village behind the temple.
Address: Lorang Burma, Penang, MY 10500
Tel. No: +60 4 262 0202

Beaches

Batu Ferringhi Beach
Batu Ferringhi Beach is a low lying area famous with most of the tourists. Jet skiing, water surfing, water skiing, parasailing and lots of other sporting options are enjoyed wholeheartedly by the visitors. Along the road, are a few stalls selling Penang’s handicrafts and other items.
Location: Batu Ferringhi, Penang, MY
Monkey Beach
A perfect place for hosting picnics, Monkey Beach is a secluded and cozy beach located near Muka Head. Tourists enjoy exploring the jungle trail hosted from the Beach to the Muka Head Light house.
Location: Muka Head, Penang, MY
Teluk Bahang Beach
Teluk Bahang Beach is a lovely beach enclosed within quiet coves. It is covered with different species of flora and fauna.
Location: Teluk Bahang, Penang, MY
Tanjung Bungah Beach
Engulfed inside gigantic rocks, overhanging cliffs and flourishing vegetation, Tanjung Bungah Beach is beautiful beach situated near Georgetown.
Location: Tanjung Bungah, Penang, MY