Places of Interest

Penang Botanical Gardens

The Gardens came to existence in 1884 and were known as "the Waterfall Gardens". Walking around the Gardens, one cannot miss the Cannon Ball Tree, the large buttress roots of the Sengkuang Tree and a few other varieties of plants. From afar, you could catch a view of streams of water flowing on the hills above the reservoir. The garden is also good for you to have an afternoon walk or jog.

Wat Chayamangkalaram

Built in 1845, this Thai Buddhist temple has one of the largest Reclining Buddha statues in the world. Spectacular to behold, the statue is completely gold-plated and measures 33 metres in length. You will also find magnificently crafted statues of Devas and other mythical creatures on temple grounds.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, began construction in 1890. Its 7-storey handcrafted “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas was completed in 1930 followed by a 30.2m bronze Kuan Yin statue in 2002. The temple lights up in remarkable fashion during Chinese New Year with over 200,000 decorative lights and lanterns.

Tropical Spice Garden

Tropical Spice Garden is situated in what was once an abandoned, rubber plantation along Penang’s north-western shores. Over 500 varieties of exotic tropical spice, herb and other tropical plants can be found here, including black lily, cocoa, ylang ylang, ferns, gingers, jungle orchids and rare palms. There’s a giant swing which is hanging 9 meters from a tree on an elevated platform. Some giant water lilies can also be found here.

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis was built in 1786 for defense by design, although throughout its existence, Fort Cornwallis served more as an administrative centre for the British, having survived without much threat of enemy attacks. Fort Cornwallis was once surrounded with a moat roughly 9m wide and 2m deep. Inside the fort, one can still see some of the original structures built over a century ago, including a chapel, prison cells, which were once used as barracks, a munitions storage area, a harbour light once used to signal incoming ships, the original flagstaff and several old bronze canons.

Khoo Kongsi

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. Leong San Tong is a two-storey building made up from three main sections on the upstairs. The middle hall that reads 'Leong San Tong' in Chinese character is the prayer pavillion whereby the wooden beams here are richy ornamented and beautifully carved. Mural drawings were painted on the rear corridor wall share great Chinese literature, lifestyle and culture. One of them is featuring 'The Eight Immortals' which is considered as auspicious.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

A Grand Mansion conceived and constructed by a Grand Man; an eminent edifice which History calls Home; a peerless representation of the Paradigm Chinese Courtyard House – the Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion has been perfectly poised for over a century on firm foundations of architectural, cultural and historic superlatives. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has been granted Unesco World Heritage status in year 2008.

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