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Penang and its 11 must-sees

Penang Island and its capital Georgetown are particularly popular with tourists. which concentrates all the interest with the capital Georgetown and its exceptional environment. has selected for you 11 places not to be missed.

The State of Penang has this specificity of being separated by the Penang Strait, which gives an island part where the capital Georgetown is located and a mainland part. But it is above all the island that will hold our attention: located on the border of Thailand, it has a rich cultural and natural heritage. The city center of Penang’s capital, Georgetown, was even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Penang Hill

It is possible to gain height in Penang in order to contemplate the expanse of the island and the city of Georgetown. To do this, you will take the funicular simply called “Penang Hill” which allows you to reach an altitude of 900 meters. Once at the top, you can admire a panoramic view. A large flower garden is also maintained at the top, with a bird park and a few guesthouses (homestays). The funicular is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and until 11:00 p.m. on weekends.


Koke Lok Si Temple

The cultural and architectural heritage is very rich in Penang. Visiting the Koke Lok Si Temple is a must. Dating from 1890, the temple has the distinction of being one of the largest Buddhist buildings in Southeast Asia, and is nicknamed “the temple of 10,000 Buddhas”. A large 30-meter statue of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, is also erected next to it. Note that the temple is the subject of a magnificent light show between January and February, during the Kek Lok festival, 200,000 lanterns are lit to illuminate it. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Snake temple in Penang

Snakes Temple

It is one of the places that most arouses the curiosity of visitors. As its name suggests, it is a temple dedicated to snakes. Built in 1850, this Chinese temple was originally erected in honor of the monk Chor Soo Kong to follow the Taoist tradition, which is one of the three pillars of Chinese thought. If you have reptile phobia, refrain from this visit. If they are not present en masse, the snakes are still judiciously hidden all around you, on the chandeliers, along the plants and shrubs arranged in the temple, so beware of the surprise effect. But the legend says that the smoke, by its sacredness, makes them harmless… so more fear than harm! The temple is open daily from 06:00 to 19:00.


Batu Maung Fishing Village

Nothing better to dive into the local traditional life than to meet the fishing communities at Batu Maung. A free visit that gives the opportunity to take beautiful photos by immortalizing the countless blue boats that leave and return off the island, but also to discover the strange imprint embedded in a rock on the beach. According to local legend, it is a testimony of the Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho for the Indians of the God Hanuman.


Tropical Fruit Farm

In an idyllic setting in the middle of the jungle, a farm welcomes visitors. You can taste many tropical fruits or simply admire the trees and vegetation around. More than 250 tropical species are present there.


Penang National Park

Penang National Park has the distinction of being one of the first protected areas in Asia in the 1980s. The natural park is a unique reserve in the world with more than 1,000 species of plants and a very rich fauna. You can also enjoy the natural pools and especially the Canopy Walk, a long walkway that crosses the jungle high up and allows you to see the entire forest from another angle, while remaining in the heart of the park.

Gantai Keracut Lake

Pantai Keracut Lake

The Pantai Keracut is a meromictic lake, that is to say that the surface and deep waters mix less than once a year. This is a very rare phenomenon that affects few lakes in the world. If you want to discover the island for its wild side, come and see this atypical lake, especially for the gradient of green colors caused by the water. The lake is officially part of the protected area of ​​Penang National Park due to the rarity of its geological phenomenon.


Penang Butterfly Farm

In this farm, there are more than 3,000 butterflies from 50 different species that have the common point of being very rare. Many other insects are also present such as scorpions and dragonflies. The opportunity to discover an impressive variety of butterflies that stand out for their color and beauty.

A good activity idea if you are with children. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Penang Botanical Gardens

This park created in 1884 is one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. Spread over 30 hectares, the park contains an infinity of plants with also a Japanese Garden of rare delicacy, with an extremely well maintained arboretum. For plant and vegetation enthusiasts, a detour to the Penang Botanical Gardens is unavoidable. The garden is open from 06:00 to 21:00.


Batu Ferringhi Beach

How to talk about Penang and its island without mentioning one of its beaches? You won’t have any trouble finding a nice stretch of sand to laze on, however, Batu Ferringhi Beach is one of the most popular in Penang for its beauty but also for the activities it offers. Horseback riding, parasailing, jet-ski rental, everything is there to have fun while enjoying one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you prefer the wild side and less feel the tourist side, opt for the Pasir Panjang Beach, you will fall in love with the decor and its calm.


Georgetown and street art

Georgetown has the distinction of being a veritable playground for street artists. At the origin of this movement, in 2009, the leaders of the city decided to organize an art competition to revitalize and modernize the facades of old buildings. A competition won by “Sculpture at work” which aimed to dispatch 52 works in the city to encourage visitors to explore the corners of Georgetown. This initiative is a great success since today, artists are jostling to present street-art projects and tourists want to discover the city for its urban works.

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