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Penang Butterfly Farm

Visitors to this 0.8-hectare farm will see over 50 species of beautiful exotic butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. The farm has over 3000 live butterfly specimens and a mounted insect display.

 

Forest Recreation Park

This 100-hectare park has a forestry museum that is built with timber. Visitors of the park can spend the day exploring, on the many footpaths, as the park is home to cool refreshing streams and numerous species of flora and fauna.

 

Penang Hill

Popular among tourists and locals alike, Penang Hill is 830m above ground level. Visitors will enjoy a cool respite from the humid heat below as they visit the gardens, restaurant and hotel up here. At dusk, the panoramic view is especially beautiful as Georgetown begins to light up. To get to the top visitors can use the funicular rail service, which takes 30 minutes, or walk, which will take about four hours.

 

Botanical Gardens

This magnificent 30-hectare garden has existed since 1884. Also known as the Waterfall Gardens because of the stream that cascades through from Penang Hill, it houses a diverse range of tropical flora. Within this garden are the orchid house, palm house, herb garden and cactus garden.

 

Kek Lok Si Temple

Located on top of a hill at Ayer Itam, close to Penang Hill, this temple is reputed to be the largest and most beautiful temple in South-East Asia. To get to the top, visitors will have to walk up steps lined with stalls selling souvenirs, food and other various items. Here visitors will see the Ban Po Thar (10000 Buddhas Pagoda), a seven-tier 30m high tower that is said to be of Chinese (at the bottom), Thai (in the middle) and Burmese (at the top) design. Visitors will also see a three-storey shrine where a large image of the Thai Buddha resides. Standing high above it all is a striking figure of Kwan Yin, the goddess of mercy.

 

State Mosque

This mosque is a fine example of elegant modern architecture and can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers at a time.

 

Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple

This colourful temple, with its Thai architecture, houses a 33m long gold-plated reclining Buddha. Visitors should also visit the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple across the street too. The first Buddhist temple in Penang, its gates are flanked by two large stone elephants.

 

Khoo Kongsi Clan House

This kongsi (clan house) was built in 1898 by master craftsmen from China. One of the finest kongsis in Penang, with its intricate carvings, beautiful statues, colourful tiles, richly ornamented beams and paintings, it is not to be missed.

 

Kapitan Kling Mosque

It was built in the 19th century by Penang's first Indian Muslim settlers. Its yellow façade and single minaret reflects Moorish influence in its architecture.

 

Fort Cornwallis

One of the oldest sights in Penang, it is where Francis Light set foot in 1786. Originally built with wood, it was later replaced with stone. Today, it has an open-air amphitheatre, souvenir shops and a gallery. While the battlements are still studded with cannons, the most famous among them is the Dutch cannon with its chequered past.

 

Acheen St. Mosque

Built in 1808 by a wealthy Arab trader, this mosque is unusual because of its minarets which are Egyptian in style, unlike the minarets of most mosques, which are Moorish-styled.

Penang Butterfly Farm
Botanical Gardens
Penang Hill
Kek Lok Si Temple
State Mosque
Kapitan Kling Mosque
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