Our list of the must-visit tourist spots in Penang, Malaysia – one of the popular tourist destinations in the country.
In the northwest part of Malaysia lies one of the most popular destinations- the state of Penang which is comprised of Penang Island and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula. It’s capital George Town is known as Asia’s cultural hotspot and 2008 UNESCO Heritage Site, boasting of rich Chinese heritage and history, beautiful beaches and lush forests, and sacred temples, ruins, and museums.
Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Penang, Malaysia
Kek Lok Si Temple
The temple was constructed in 1905 to honor Buddha. It is mounted on top of a hill in Air Itam composing of several monasteries, gardens, prayer halls, and statues. It houses The Pagoda of 1000 Buddhas, the Four Heavenly Kings with the Laughing Buddha, and the Kuan Yin Statue (the female Buddha of Compassion and Mercy).
How to get to Kek Lok Si Temple from Georgetown?
You can either take a taxi or take the 203 or 204 bus from KOMTAR bus terminal. The travel time is around 30 minutes and the fare is only 2RM / Php25 / USD0.5, one way. The jump-off to the temple is the last stop of the bus so you should not have issues arriving at your destination.
Do you prefer a guided tour? You can book a discounted tour via Klook.
Penang Hill (Flagstaff Hill or Bukit Bendera)
Rising 821 meters above the sea level, Penang Hill is the highest point to view the breathtaking panoramic view of the entire island. You can reach the summit with a 5-minute ride via the Penang Hill Railway or take a hike and enjoy the cool, unpolluted air.
How to get to Penang Hill from Georgetown?
To get to Penang Hill from Georgetown, take a rapid Penang bus 204 from KOMTAR bus station. You can also take a guided tour which you can book via Klook.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
It is regarded as Malaysia’s window into the unique culture and the cuisine of the Peranakan, the Chinese immigrants who came into the country during the 16th century. This must-see place is a living museum with a vast collection of antiques, carved Chinese wooden panels, and Scottish ironworks.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
This award-winning Blue Mansion, which is situated in George Town dates back in the 19th century. It combines the best of Chinese and Hakka architecture with 38 rooms, 22 stained glass windows, seven staircases, and five granite courtyards. It was converted into a boutique hotel/heritage museum which is attracting a lot of tourists.
Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
This Thai temple is home to the 33-meter Reclining Buddha in its gold-plated splendor. Built in 1845, it signifies the deity’s total detachment from the world during the last moments of his life.
Penang Street Art
Stroll along the George Town streets of Acheen, Cannon, Armenian, and Ah Quee to enjoy the unique and fascinating contemporary wall arts of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. The collection of graffiti and street paintings on the city walls mostly featured children. This is definitely one of the must-see tourist spots in Penang.
This Chinese clan house was home to people who used the surname Khoo. It was built 650 years ago in George Town Cannon Square. It is popularly known as the Dragon Mountain Hall because of granite dragons adorning the entrance, representing wealth and good luck. It is characterized by murals, ceramic sculptures, and overhead paper lamps.
Fort Cornwallis is the star-shaped landmark of Penang with ten-foot-high walls. Inside it, you can view a 17th-century chapel, an ammunition storage area, some prison cells, and old bronze cannons. There is one Dutch cannon, which according to a local superstitious belief, positively affects the women’s fertility.
Penang Botanical Gardens
It was built in 1884 by the British and also called the Waterfall Gardens. It is the center of Malaysia’s botanical conservation, education, and training. The focal features of this garden are the Cannon Ball Tree and the roots of Sengkuang Tree.
Entopia Butterfly Farm
This botanical farm has more than 200 species of exotic flora and 15,000 free-flying butterflies. The carnivorous pitcher plant is one of the most-viewed species on the farm. Your kids would love The Cocoon where the metamorphosis of butterflies and other crawlies are shown.
If you love extreme outdoor adventure, visit this eco-theme park, which specializes in zip-lining and other exciting jungle activities. It is located in Jalan Teluk Bahang in Penang.
These wonderful attractions are just some of the many awesome destinations in Penang that should be part of your itinerary. Don’t forget to have some selfies and Instagram-worthy photos of these incredibly beautiful spots!