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Sightseeing

KOMTAR (Komplex Tun Abdul Razak)

Komplex Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) is a 65-storey tower located in Georgetown. It is Penang&rsquo's first skyscraper and also a very useful landmark. The complex contains theatres, 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: B21-01, No. 1, Arked 1, KOMTAR, Lebuh Tek Soon, 10000 George Town, Malaysia.

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.

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.
Address: Jalan Todak Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.

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.
Address: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia.

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.
Address: Kompleks Pentadbiran,Bangunan Pavilion, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Historic sites

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.
Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower
Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is a sixty-foot high tower. Built-in the honour of Queen Victoria&rsquo'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: Lebuh Light, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi is one of the famous tourist attractions of Penang. This beautiful place was built in 1906 by China&rsquo'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, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

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: 24, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

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: Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia.

Nattukkottai Temple
Devoted to the god Bala Subramaniam, Nattukkottai 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 hoarded 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 Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

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 honour of Francis Light.
Address: 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Beaches

Teluk Bahang Beach
Teluk Bahang Beach is a lovely beach enclosed within quiet coves. It is covered with different species of flora and fauna.
Address: 187, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Taman Tanjung Bunga, 11050, Penang, Malaysia.

Tanjung Bungah Beach
Engulfed inside gigantic rocks, overhanging cliffs and flourishing vegetation, Tanjung Bungah Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Georgetown.
Address: 32, Medan Tanjong Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia.

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.
Address: 69, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.

Monkey Beach
A perfect place for hosting picnics, Monkey Beach is a secluded and cosy beach located near Muka Head. Tourists enjoy exploring the jungle trail hosted from the Beach to the Muka Head Lighthouse.
Address: Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia.