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About Penang Hill

Hill station comprising of a group of hills offering breathtaking views of the city below.

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Penang Hill Lower Station

Penang Hill Lower Station

1.86km from Penang Hill

The Penang Hill Railway is a one section funicular railway which climbs the Penang Hill from Air Itam, on the outskirts of the city of George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. The railway first opened in 1923 as a two-section railway, and the system was overhauled in 2010. The total journey time can take between five and twenty minutes. The funicular train coach travels directly from the lower station to the top, but may stop at other intermediate stations upon request.

Penang Botanic Gardens

Penang Botanic Gardens

2.79km from Penang Hill

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 in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The original gardens were established in 1884 from an old quarry site.

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang

The Balathandayuthapani Temple, officially the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Kovil, better known as the Waterfall Hill Temple or "Thaneer Malai" by locals, is a temple complex located in George Town, Penang. The main deity of this temple is Murugan. Visitors need to climb 513 stairs to reach the temple. It is the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, after the Batu Caves. The hilltop temple, with its seven-story 21.6m-tall gopuram, has been touted as the largest Lord Murugan

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

2.89km from Penang Hill

An important pilgrimage center for Buddhists from Southeast Asia. The main attraction in the complex is the striking seven-story Pagoda which combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown.

City Park Penang

City Park Penang

3.17km from Penang Hill

The City Park, also colloquially known as the Youth Park, is an urban park in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Located near the Penang Botanic Gardens, City Park was opened in 1972 as a recreational area and a green lung for the city's residents. it is one of the main tourist attractions in Malaysia.

Penang State Mosque

Penang State Mosque

4.01km from Penang Hill

The Penang State Mosque or Masjid Negeri Pulau Pinang is a state mosque located at Jalan Masjid Negeri in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The mosque was inspired by Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer's design of the Cathedral of Brasilia in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Its architecture is an amalgamation of Western Modernist. The mosque was designed by the Filipino architect, Efren Brindez Paz.

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Known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its industries, Penang is one of Malaysia's most vital economic powerhouses. Penang has the highest GDP per capita among all Malaysian states and is considered a high-income economy.

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Subash Ckd

Subash Ckd

Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is located within the Air Itam suburb, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak.
Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

The view from top of Penang Hill is breath taking.

The whole island of Penang- with its two long bridges, the clouds hovering over the city can be seen from the peak.

In the hill itself, there were restaurants, museum, temple and a mosque. A cable car takes you back and forth from the hill (there are hiking trails too I think) and it was extremely crowded when we visit. We had to wait almost for an hour to catch the ride back to the bottom.

And also, the bridge at the top is also interesting. Couples lock paddle locks in there representing an eternal love. The whole bridge look pink because most of the locks has this pink tags.


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