Penang is a fusion of east and west. It has embraced modernity, but is still rooted to its traditions and old world charm. Its multiracial populace and well-preserved heritage buildings reflect its tradition and charm. Recently, Georgetown, the capital of the island and state of Penang, was accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Penang is also regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. The place entices its visitors with its beautiful coasts and scrumptious cuisines. Penang is a famous tourist place with beautiful attractions, which we will discuss in the lines that follow.
Heritage Buildings and Clan Houses
The religious and cultural legacy of the town manifests itself in its various heritage buildings and clan house. Especially in the Georgetown area, every building represents a page from history.
Thee Kong Tua (Jade Emperor's Temple)
The temple was built for the devotees of the Thee Kong Emperor. According to Taoist, he was believed to be the supreme ruler of Heaven. Many people used to come here to pay homage to the emperor.
Penang Hill was previously known as the Strawberry Hill, as it was used to plant strawberries. Now, the place is famous for some of the grandest colonial mansions, which offer beautiful views of the place.
Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si ranks amongst the best-known temples in the region. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss.
The Reclining Buddha place is known as the Wat Chayamangkalaram. It houses a 33-meter gold-plated reclining Buddha, which attracts devotees from all over the world especially, during the Sonkran and the Loy Krathong festivals.
National Park (Muka Head)
It is the smallest national park in Malaysia, known by the name Pantai Acheh. It offers eco-attractions like pristine Pantai Kerachut beach and Meromictic Lake. The place is a perfect spot for picnics, fishing, swimming and trekking.
Toy museum is the largest museum in the world and the first of its kind in Asia. It has more than 100,000 toys, dolls, models and other fun collectibles.
Tropical Spice Garden
It is the only tropical spice garden in South East Asia. The place is ideal for an afternoon celebration, over drinks.
The Snake Temple is known by the name of Chor Soo Kong. It seems to be guarded by green Wagler Pitt Vipers, believed to have slithered to the temple to protect the deity.
Butterfly Farm is like an eco-tourism gem in Malaysia. It is a live museum with winged beauties fluttering everywhere. It is also a breed ing and research centre.