Penang Snake Temple

The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers

Location Map: 5° 18′ 50.2″ N, 100° 17′ 6.71″ E

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Penang Hill

Hill Resort comprising a group of peaks in Penang Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, which is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre of George Town.

Location Map: 5° 25′ 28.5″ N, 100° 16′ 8.08″ E

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Kek Lok Si, Penang

Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang facing the sea and commanding an impressive view, and is one of the best known temples on the island.

Location Map: 5° 23′ 58.29″ N, 100° 16′ 25.43″ E

The Penang State Art Gallery

Open: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Sat-Thu)

Closed: Friday and Public Holiday

Admission Fee: Free Admission

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Made in Penang Interactive Museum

A museum where getting involved is truly part of the fun, pictures range from historical images such as battleships being blown up by cannons, to elevators with iconic horror movie characters inside. The trick is that artists have used different colours, textured contours and some props to create each unique photo. 

Operating Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Address: No.3, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang.

Contact Number: +604 262 6119

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Fort Conwallis, Penang

Situated on Penang’s north-eastern coast, a stroll along the privately-managed Fort Cornwallis’ perimeters will take you about 10 minutes. It is a surreal experience to hear the 1812 Overture playing over the speaker system while a Malaysian man dressed in full British regalia stands at the gate. Inside the fort is a variety of vaguely-informative exhibits. 

Operating Hours: 9:00am to 6:30pm daily

Address: Lebuh Light

Contact Number: +602 61 0262

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Penang Khoo Kongsi

Khoo Kongsi is one of Georgetown’s most interesting attractions. Built some 650 years ago, it is part of the goh tai seh (five big clans) that formed the backbone of the Hokkien community in olden-days Penang. One of Penang’s most lavishly decorated kongsis, it is located on Jalan Acheh, off Lebuh Pitt. 

Operating Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Address: 18 Cannon Square, Georgetown

Contact Number: +604 261 4609

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Penang National Park

The Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) is one of the few natural forested areas left on the island. It is also currently the world's smallest national park.

The Park is located at the north-western corner of Penang Island, on what resembles the side profile of a face, hence the name Muka Head ("muka" literally means "face").

With 1181 hectares of forest and 1381 hectares of wetlands, the Park's ecosystem is a diversity of habitats with hills, sandy and rocky beaches, streams and coastal forests - representing much of the natural habitats of Penang. 

Operating Hours: Open Daily

Admission: FOC (Just need to register yourself at the registration counter)

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Penang Botanical Garden

The Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as the "Waterfall Gardens" because of the cascading waterfall nearby, is a public park situated on Jalan Air Terjun (Waterfall Road) in George Town on Penang Island, Malaysia. The original gardens were established in 1884 from an old quarry site, under the supervision of Charles Curtis, who was the first superintendent. Its lush greenery and tranquil setting makes it a favorite park and a popular tourist attraction. It is Penang's unique natural heritage, being the only one of its kind in Malaysia. Besides, being a repository of flora unique to the country and to the region, it serves as a "green lung" for Metropolitan Penang

Address: Administrative Complex, Pavilion Building, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Penang, Malaysia

Contact Number: 604-2264401 (General), 604-2264405 (Administration), 604-2264404 (Botany Horticulture)

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Teluk Bahang Dam

The Teluk Bahang Dam is the largest dam on Penang Island. It was built to provide an alternative source of water supply to the Ayer Itam Dam and the Botanic Gardens Waterfall. It is located on the southern part of Teluk Bahang. From its crest, one can enjoy a scenic view of the northern coast of Penang Island.

The Teluk Bahang Dam was completed in 1999. The dam has a height of 58.5 meters and a length of 685 meters. The crest is 12 meters thick, allowing for a roadway to be built along it. The Teluk Bahang Dam is often used as the venue for international dragon boat races.

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Air Itam Dam

Air Itam Dam, also written Ayer Itam Dam, is the first dam to be built on Penang Island. It is located 700 feet above sea level in the water catchment area surrounded by Penang Hilland Paya Terubong. The Air Itam Dam was the first major engineering project to be undertaken by the City Council of George Town after the independence of Malaya. It cost M$15 million, and construction took place between 1958 and 1962. 50,000 cubic yards of concrete was used in the construction of the dam. The then Governor of Penang, Raja Tun Uda Al-Haj bin Raja Muhamad officially opened the dam on 8 December 1962.

Air Itam Dam is a favorite place for jogging. From the 800-feet crest of the dam, visitors can get a panoramic view of George Town spread out across the horizon below. A spillway allows excess water to be drained out.

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Clan Jetty

The Clan Jetties of George Town are the traditional settlement created by Chinese immmigrants who share common historical, geographical and lineage origin. Today there are still six clan jetties along the waterfront, and they are as follows, from north to south, as written in Penang Hokkien:

Koay Jetty which extended out of Presgrave Street Ghaut, was demolished around 2005 to make way the construction of flats off theJelutong Expressway, despite protests from historians and conservationists.

Apart from mixed clans, the rest used to be exclusively inhabited by its respective clansmen. There used to be more of such jetties lining the seafront of George Town, all the way down the coast of Jelutong. The jetties that have since been erased by disuse and dilapidation include Noordin Street Ghaut Jetty, Peng Aun Jetty, Ban Liaw Jetty, Poh Lan/Lallang Jetty, Hup Choon Jetty, the former Lee Jetty and the former Ong Jetty. As the various jetties appeared and fell away at different periods, between the late 19th century to the 1960s, it is difficult to a total, unless we simply count all regardless when they were built.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is an grand Chinese-style mansion along Leith Street on the buffer zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It was built by Cheong Fatt Tze (1840-1916), also known locally as Teow Thiaw Siat, a Chinese of Hakka descent, who was one of the richest men in Southeast Asia.

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Batu Ferringghi

Batu Ferringhi is the most famous stretch of beach in Penang. This is where you find a big concentration of beach resorts. From the mid 70's to the early 90's, the Batu Ferringhi stretch saw massive construction as hotels line the shore one after another. In their wake are highrise condominiums offering splendid views of the sea overlooking the mainland. On a clear day, you can see Kedah Peak, also known as Gunung Jerai.

The word Ferringhi, often variously spelled as Ferringhi and Ferringhi, is said to originate as the Malay term for a person of Portuguese descent, but eventually came to embrace all Westerners. This word however, is not particular to the Malay language.

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Escape Theme Park

It's time to ESCAPE the hustle and bustle of urban life and head for Teluk Bahang, for there's a new playground in town! Sprawled over a seven-acre tract of secondary forest belonging to the Penang Waterworks Department (Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang) is the latest tourist attraction in Penang, a jungle-and-rural-village theme park created by Sim Leisure.

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Butterfly Farm

The Penang Butterfly Farm, opened to the public in 1986, was one of the first tropical butterfly farms in the world. It is located on a 0.8 hectare site near the foot of the Teluk Bahang hills, between the Taman Rimba Teluk Bahang and the Teluk Bahang village. The owner and founder is David Goh, who was inspired to start the farm by another butterfly farm owner, Clive Farrell of Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

The farm was intended to be more than just a tourist attraction. It introduced and created an interest in entomology - the study of insects - to the Malaysian public. For the first time, Malaysians from children to adults could experience the pleasure of watching over a thousand butterflies from 120 different species fluttering in an enclosure. They include the famous Rajah Brooke (Trogonoptera brookiana), the beautiful black butterfly with florescent green patches called birdwing. This butterfly comes from Borneo and West Malaysia, and was named after James, the Rajah of Sarawak, by naturalist Alfred Wallace, the founder of the Sarawak Museum, in 1855. Other butterflies found here include the endangered Yellow Bird wing (Troides helena).

The Penang Butterfly Farm advises that the farm will be closed to the public for a major development beginning 7 March, 2015, and is planned to reopen in early 2016.

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War Museum

The Penang War Museum or Muzium Perang Pulau Pinang, is a privately-run museum located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung. It preserves the British war relics that dot the hill. The museum was officiated by Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, on 14 October, 2002. I visited the museum for the first time way back in 2002, just following its opening, and roughly eleven years later, on 26 October, 2013, I made a second visit to it.

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Queensbay Mall, Penang

One of the largest shopping malls on the island of Penang with a gross built up of 2.5 million sq ft and over 1 million sq ft net lettable area.

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George Town’s rich living heritage, culture and history was officially recognised when the World Heritage Committee in Quebec City, Canada, officially inscribed the city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

George Town was acknowledged as having developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca.