15 Best Things To Do in Penang Hill, Malaysia

The pearl of the Orient, Penang in Malaysia is one must visit the location that everyone should include in their bucket list. The city is famous for its cultural diversity, natural beauty, street food and its various other attractions. If you are a traveler in a true sense, you must have already heard about what the place has to offer. However, just to clear your head out and provide you an insight into Penang points of interest. Here are 15 Penang Hill attractions that you can visit while in Penang Hill.

Let's explore the tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Penang Hill:

1. Walk through the Harmony Street of Penang

The street of Harmony in Penang can be found right along the Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kelin. The street is one among the prominent symbols of Malaysia, being a multicultural country. The street is a stand out among any other places in Malaysia because it has different places to worship different Gods from various religions and faiths. During any kind of religious holidays or weekends, you can see devotees from various backgrounds pouring on the street in order to offer their prayers to the respective Gods. You can also see the famous Khoo Kongsi building here.

2. Experience an Overnight Stay at a Heritage Building or Museum

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A city that is as historical as Penang has many things to offer. It would be a hard luck if you do not get to experience the history from within. Most buildings in Penang are built only recently and that too in the last 20-30 years. So if you see a heritage building from the past, do not miss the chance. You should be definitely be staying there for an amazing experience. Buildings like Blue Mansion, or hotels like Seven Terrace, are deeply linked with the history and vicinity of Penang. If you are in the city, try to stay overnight at least once.

3. Take a Culinary Marathon

Food makes everything good and everyone happy. And countries like Malaysia are well-known for the street foods that it has to offer. Penang, however, is one of the most busiest and famous cities in Malaysia for its street foods. It is consistently ranked as the best city in the world to enjoy street food and you just cannot deny that. Enjoy street foods like Char Koay Teow, Penang Laksa, or some after delights like Rojak. And when they say Penang has it all, they mean it. Indulge yourself in the culinary delights of the city and get the most out of it.

4. Visit the Kek Lok Si Temple

The Kek Lok Si Temple is one among the largest Buddhist complex in South East Asia and it proudly sits on the top of the hill town of Air Itam. The temple was founded over 100 years ago and devotees from across the world come to pay their visit every year. Tourists love to see the beautiful landscape of the temple and enjoy the natural beauty of the hill. There are plenty of other sacred temples in the complex and you can see a mixture of Thai, Burmese and Chinese styles on the structures of the complex.

5. Visit the Escape Adventure Land

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For the adventurous souls out there – a trip to the Escape Adventure land in Penang is going to be the most thrilling and exciting adventure of your life. If you are looking for some jaw-breaking adventures in your life, this trip is a must for you. If you have never done hurtling speedily right through the air, then it is time that you should.

6. Experience some classy bars and Cafés

Penang is a busy city in Malaysia. It has some of the coziest and classy bars and cafés that you can hop onto. Experience the varieties of wine these bars have to offer or party like there is no tomorrow. There are some amazing cafés in Penang that offer some of the best coffees in the world. And if you are a wine lover, the bars in Penang will not disappoint you at all.

7. Take a Tour to the Waterfall Hilltop Temple

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The Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Penang is one of the oldest Hindu Temples in the island. The temple is dedicated to none other than the Hindu Deity Murugan and it is on the top of the hill. You have to climb 500 steps in order to be there. However, you are surely going to be rewarded with all your hard work. After all, in the end, you can experience a 180 degrees view of the nearby areas like Mount Erskine and Gurney.

8. Do not forget to pay a Visit to the Snake Temple

Now this might sound weird to you, but the Snake Temple in Penang is actually a Buddhist Temple. However, the craziest part is that the snakes are not sculpted on the walls. Rather, these are live snakes. There are more than 100s of snakes lurking around the complex here and there and you can actually see them right beside you when you take a tour. But do not worry; these venomous snakes are no longer venomous as their poisons have been extracted and they just simply lie around being lazy. Love snakes? Well, this is the place for you to be!

9. Be Courageous, Visit the Penang Ghost Museum

Well, this is another exciting thing about Penang. A museum that is especially dedicated to ghosts. For the weak hearts, this probably is not the place to be at. But, if you are a horror junk, you surely should be visiting this place. As a visitor, you can take pictures of/with the ghosts on display; which has detailed information about their existence on the museum. These ghosts come from various cultures, backgrounds and have different storylines. A really exciting place to visit!

10. Visit the Beautiful and Majestic Penang Bird Park

As a nature lover, you are going to love this place for sure. However, the Penang Bird Park is not exactly situated in the middle of the Penang Island. Rather, it is located at the Sebang Perai. The reason you should not miss out on this special place is because it is the only Bird Themed Park and is the largest one in the country. It has almost 300 species of birds and apart from that, you can also see some animals like deer, turtles, pythons etc.

11. Ride up to the Penang Hill, via Train

Well, who wouldn’t love a train ride up to the Penang hill? Take a tour to the beautiful Penang Hill on a train. The Penang Hill is one of the coolest places in Malaysia and it is also known as the Bukit Bendera in Malay. The main attraction in Bukit Bendera is the train ride to the top of the hill. However, it just takes 5 minutes for you to finish the tour. But then again, you are going to have the time of your life in these 5 minutes.

12. Visit the Penang Botanical Gardens

Although the Penang Botanical Garden has lost its old charm, it is still one of the most exciting places for you to be. The Botanical Garden in Penang is basically a park, which includes plenty of different kinds of plants and various trees. The gardens were established back in the 1880s and since then it has been a integral part of the Penang City and its life.

13. Be a part of the Penang’s Interactive Museum

You must have seen a lot of 3D museum nowadays, but the Penang’s Interactive Museum is one of its own kinds. You will find all kinds of experiences here – from scary to whacky fun – everything is all about the “Penang Vibes”. The main motive of the place is to rediscover Penang and you definitely should be a part of this fun.

14. Take a look at World’s Largest reclining Buddha Statue

Penang has it all. A Chinese Buddha Temple to a Hindu Temple, it has everything. And now, you should know about the Siamese Wat Chayamangkalaram Buddhist temple. The temple was built many years ago, but it was commissioned by Queen Victoria, during the 1845. It has one of the largest reclining golden plated Buddha Statue, which is of 180-ft, tall. Truly a treat to your eyes!

15. Take a breezy tour of the George Town

Have a little rickshaw fun – cars and buses are so mainstream after all. Take a tour of the George Town by hopping on a rickshaw and experience life like you had never. After all, traveling is all about having those little funs that you could not find at your home-town!

Go back in time by visiting the oldest standing fort in Malaysia- Fort Cornwallis. Enjoy some great time with yourself, family, friends by visiting the Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang National park, Feel spirituality divine by visiting the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. Enlighten yourself by visiting the Penang War Museum.

Author: Arundhati Bhand
An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to ...

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    Penang Hill

    Tags: Hotel, Island, Trail, Safari

    Address: Jalan Stesen Bukit Benderea, Georgetown, Penang Islands, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens (pres...Read more

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    Kek Lok Si

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Off Beaten Path, Trail

    Address: No. 1, Tokong Kek Lok Si, Georgetown, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia

    Timings: 07:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, Kek Lok Si is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and arguably one of the most famous in Penang. Located in Air Itam, the hills in that...Read more

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    Pinang Peranakan Mansion

    Tags: Art And Culture, Mansion

    Address: 29, Church Street, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Displaying around 1000 pieces of antiques and collectibles, Pinang Peranakan Mansion recreates the historical Peranakan culture. It is housed in one of the most prestigious mansions and exhibits excel...Read more

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    Khoo Kongsi

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Historical Site

    Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Hidden in a maze of alleys and pre-war houses is the breathtakingly beautiful Khoo Kongsi – clanhouse built by the early Khoo clanmen more than 100 years ago. Three tucked away entrances at Cann...Read more

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    Fort Cornwallis

    Tags: Island, Park, Historical Site, Fort

    Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. Set close to the Esplanade and Penang Clocktower, the star-shaped bastion is one of the oldest structures in Penang. Named after Marquis Charl...Read more

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    Penang Botanic Gardens

    Tags: Outdoors, Forest, Island, Trail

    Address: Penguasa Taman & Kebun - Kebun Bunga Jabatan Kebun Bunga Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Pulau Pinang, 10350, Malaysia

    Timings: 05:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Gardens were founded in 1884 by Charles Curtis from the Gardens and Forests Departments Straits Settlements. Walking around the Gardens, one cannot miss the Cannon Ball Tree (Couropita guanensis) ...Read more

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    Penang National Park

    Tags: Beach, Forest, National Park, Off Road

    Address: Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Spanning over an area of 1213 hectares of land and sea, this natural treasure serves as a study area for scientists, researches and is a delight to the nature lovers visiting Penang. With more than 41...Read more

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    Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center

    Address: Lorong Burma, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This is the only Burmese Buddhist temple outside Mynammar and is located in the Georgetown area of Penang. Standing opposite to Wat Chayamangkalaram temple, this temple was built in 1805 and presents ...Read more

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    Wat Chayamangkalaram

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    Address: 24 Lorong Burma, Georgetown, 10250 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, most notable for its Reclining Buddha statue. The statue is the 3rd...Read more

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    Protestant Cemetery

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Cemetery, Tourist Center

    Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is the oldest Christian cemetery in Penang. It is also known as Northern Road cemetery and was set up in 18th century for British colonial administrators, traders and missionaries. The earliest g...Read more

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    Penang State Museum And Art Gallery

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Observatory, Tourist Center

    Address: Lebuh Farquhar, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    This museum was established in 1821 and houses the national and state collection of Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewellery and costumes. It also preserves and displays eight oil paintings by Capt...Read more

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    Penang War Museum

    Tags: Military Museum, Island, Educational Site, War Memorial

    Address: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Pulau Penang, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located in the South East corner of Penang Island, the War Museum sits on 20 acres of hilltop land that was once the site of a British military fortress, built in the 1930's to protect the island from...Read more

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    Sri Mahamariamman Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Island, Historical Site

    Address: Lebuh Queen, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    Timings: 06:30 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Sri Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple set on Lebuh Queen and Lebuh Chulia in Georgetown’s compact Little India district: a vibrant community whose outer face is of saris, incense shops and bana...Read more

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    Kuil Arulmigu Karu Mariamman Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: Jalan Todak, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

    This is a South Indian Hindu temple and is noted for having the largest Rajagopuram (main sculpture tower) in Malaysia. With a height of 72 feet and the entrance being 21 feet tall, 11 feet wide, the ...Read more

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    Penang Bird Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Tourist Center, Nature

    Address: Taman Burung Seberang Jaya, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700, Perai, Pulau Pinang, 13700, Malaysia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This is the first and one of the largest bird parks in Malaysia spread over 5-acres. It has a collection of more than 300 species of bird from all over the world and 3000 birds. The landscaped park is...Read more

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