Located on the northwest side of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang Island is Malaysia’s most attractive location for visitors. Historically, it is known as the Pearl of the Orient due to its vital location on the route of the main sea trade. Penang Island is a massive island, which is so beautifully colored that it seems like a hand painting. The place is shaped by its miscellaneous culture and tradition. The world-famous cuisine is definitely an add-on to the beauty of the Island.
George Town in Penang is a historical spot where numerous colonial buildings and mansions give a spectacular view, along with exquisite temples and extraordinary hotels. There are innumerable activities for the visitors, including shopping, cooking experiences and sticking to the beach is an absolutely perfect option where horse riding is mandatory. Penang’s diverse culture is shown by the inhabitants and locals. George Town is the capital town of Penang houses the topmost hotels on the north side of the island. This area is the most developed one with neighboring small villages for multiplicity. Wandering around here is a must-do or taking a rickshaw ride is famous around the significant Georgetown to see its royal constructions. There is a Snake Temple which houses a number of visitors who photograph snakes in the temple. The Island is a must visit a place with splendor spread will excellence everywhere.
The Penang Hill Railway is a one section funicular railway which climbs the Penang Hill from Air Itam, within the city of George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. The railway first opened in 1923 as a two-section railway, and the system was overhauled in 2010. The total journey time can take between five and twenty minutes. The funicular train coach travels directly from the lower station to the top but may stop at other intermediate stations upon request.
The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia, facing the sea, and is one of the best-known temples on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and also an important pilgrimage center for Buddhists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. The entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890–1930, an inspirational initiative of Below Lean, the Abbot. The main draw in the complex is the striking seven-story Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and the 36.57 meters (120.0 ft) tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and traditional Chinese rituals blend into a harmonious whole, both in the temple architecture and artwork as well as in the daily activities of worshippers.
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a government gazetted heritage building located on Leith Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The mansion’s external decorations and indigo-blue outer walls make it a very distinctive building, and it is sometimes referred to as The Blue Mansion. Built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of the 19th century, the mansion has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases, and 220 vernacular timber louver windows. It served as Cheong’s private residence as well as the seat of his business activities in Penang
Teluk Bahang is a town within the city of George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. It is located within the Southwest Penang Island District, near the northwestern tip of Penang Island. Established as a fishing village, Teluk Bahang has evolved into a tourist destination, with a number of attractions built within the vicinity of the town. Notably, it is also home to the Teluk Bahang Dam, the largest reservoir on Penang Island.
George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is located at the north-eastern tip of Penang Island. It is Malaysia’s second largest city, with 708,127 inhabitants as of 2010, while Greater Penang is the nation’s second-biggest conurbation with a population of 2,412,616. The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
Established as an entrepôt by Francis Light of the British East India Company in 1786, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia. Together with Singapore and Malacca, George Town formed part of the Straits Settlements, which became a British crown colony in 1867. It was subjugated by Japan during World War II, before being recaptured by the British at war’s end. Shortly before Malaya attained independence from the British in 1957, George Town was declared a city by Queen Elizabeth II, making it the first city in the country’s modern history.
The Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge or Penang Second Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah or Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang is a dual carriageway toll bridge in Penang, Malaysia. It connects Bandar Cassia (Batu Kawan) in Seberang Perai on mainland Peninsular Malaysia with Batu Maung on Penang Island. It is the second bridge to link the island to the mainland after the first Penang Bridge.
The total length of the bridge is 24 km (15 mi) with length over water at 16.9 km (10.5 mi), making it the longest bridge in Malaysia and the longest in Southeast Asia. China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC), a main contractor for the second bridge was expected to start work on the second Penang bridge in November 2007 and complete the project in 2011, but the completion date was then postponed to May 2012, and later to February 2014.
The Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse (Malay: Rumah Api Kota Cornwallis) is a lighthouse in Fort Cornwallis, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It is currently under the management of the Maritime Authority of Malaysia.
The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clan house with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. The famous Khoo Kongsi is the grandest clan temple in the country. It is also one of the city’s major historic attractions. The clan temple has retained its authentic historic setting, which includes an association building, a traditional theatre and the late 19th-century row houses for clan members, all clustered around a granite-paved square. It is located in Cannon Square in the heart of the oldest part of the city of George Town, in the midst of narrow, winding lanes and quaint-looking pre-War houses exuding a palpable old world charm.
Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple at the Pulau Tikus suburb in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Notably, the temple, situated directly across Burma Lane from Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, contains one of the world’s longest reclining Buddha statues, as well as several colored statues of Devas and other mythical creatures.
In addition, Wat Chayamangkalaram, surrounded by a small ethnic Siamese community, serves as a focal point for the annual Songkran and Loy Krathong celebrations in George Town. The temple also takes part in the city’s yearly Vesak Day procession.