Rising over 800 metres above sea level, Penang Hill provides a cool retreat and a good view over the island. A 15 minutes ride by funicular train from Air Itam will take you to the top. It is also accessible by nature trails from the Botanical Gardens. The six kilometers hike takes about 3 to 4 hours. Bird-watchers and nature lovers will enjoy the flora & fauna. Visitors can also visit this famous tourist destination with jeep service from the Botanical Gardens.
The Penang Butterfly Farm, the world’s first live tropical butterfly sanctuary features a Nature Park and the Museum of Asia Artifacts. Four thousand live butterflies from 150 species and small reptiles live in their natural habitat in the Nature Park. The Museum of Asian Artifacts consists of an Insect Museum, an Art Gallery and a Gallery of Asian Artifacts. There is also a souvenir shop.
The 72-acre gardens are famous for their flora and Long-Tailed Macaque monkeys which roam freely. The garden were created in 1884 as a nursery for the planting of tropical plants. For those who would like to bring home a souvenir, can make their way to Botanika – the garden shop, located near the entrance.
This is the spot where Captain Francis Light first landed in 1786, making it one of Penang’s oldest sights. The wooden fort was reconstructed in stone between 1808 to 1810. Today, only the outer walls remain. A history gallery and handicraft centre is now located in the fort.
Chinese settlers built this temple in the 1800’s to honour the goddess Kuan Yin. The air is filled with sandalwood incense as devotee’s burn paper money and joss sticks and offer prayers for health, wealth, fertility and longevity.
1880’s Chinese Courtyard mansion. An architectural legacy with 38 rooms, 5 courtyards, 7 staircases and a fascinating display of ‘feng shui’ subtleties.
The Kek Lok Si Temple remains the largest Buddhist temple complex in South East Asia. After walking through an arcade of souvenir stalls, you will reach the Ban Po Thar, or Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda. This seven-storey pagoda has the influence of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture. The striking white statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, stands nearby.