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
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.
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.
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.
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.