Top Historical Places in Penang Hill

Are you looking to explore the history of Penang Hill through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Penang Hill including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Penang Hill. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Penang Hill ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Penang Hill, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Penang Hill for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Penang Hill with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Penang Hill

    Tags: Hotel, Island, Trail, River

    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 (present day Penang Botanic Gardens) to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the chaos of George Town to the cooler climate on the hill. Penang Hill comprises sev...Read more
  2. Kek Lok Si

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

    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 area (called “He San” or Crane Hill) have traditionally been regarded as geomantically significant, having all the right “feng shui” for a temple. In fact, they are extreme...Read more
  3. Khoo Kongsi

    Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Historical Site

    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 Cannon Street, Beach Street and Armenian Street will lead you the magnificent structure built on a beautiful courtyard. The Khoo Kongsi Leong San Tong (which means ‘Dragon Mountain Hall’) c...Read more
  4. Fort Cornwallis

    Tags: Island, Park, Historical Site, Fort

    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 Charles Cornwallis, only a set of ten-foot high outer walls remain, with an enclosed park within. Situated on Penang’s north-eastern coast, a stroll along the privately-managed Fort Cornwallis&rsq...Read more
  5. Wat Chayamangkalaram

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

    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 largest of its kind, being 33 meters in length. In the main shrine in front of the Reclining Buddha there are smaller shrines of different Buddhas and popular Thai deities. Also on the temple grou...Read more
  6. Protestant Cemetery

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Cemetery

    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 grave is that of Captain Francis light- one of the fathers of British colonialism in Southeast Asia. There are also many other notable British personalities buried here. A stroll through the shady p...Read more
  7. Penang War Museum

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

    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 a possible Japanese invasion by sea. During the Japanese occupation of Penang Island, the Japanese used this fortress as an army base and prison, where the torture and interrogation of prisoners w...Read more
  8. Sri Mahamariamman Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Island, Historical Site

    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 banana leaf curry houses. Built in 1833, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Subramaniam. Also known as the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple, it is the oldest ...Read more
  9. St George's Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Unesco Site

    This is the oldest Angelican Church in Malaysia and was the main place of worship for the British colonial administrators in Penang. Declared as one of the 50 national treasures of Malaysia by the government, St. George’s Church is located in the UNESCO world heritage site of Georgetown.  A beautiful place to visit in Penang!