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
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.
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
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.