29 attractions you should visit in Penang - With photos & details

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Top 29 attractions to explore in Penang

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.

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hindu Temples

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

Buddhist Temple Wat Buppharam8, Jalan Perak, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Buddhist Temples

Wat Buppharam is a Thai temple in the Pulau Tikus suburb of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Situated at Jalan Perak, the temple is the home to a renowned statue of Buddha, the "Lifting Buddha". The temple became a focal point for the annual Siamese Songkran and Loi Krathong festivals within the city suburb and for the city's yearly Buddha Day procession as well the Jathukarm-Ramathep-Ganesha blessing ceremonies.

Church of the Immaculate Conception, PenangLorong Maktab, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Churches

Church of the Immaculate Conception is a church and parish located in Pulau Tikus, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The church was founded in 1811 and is the second oldest church in the diocese after the Church of the Assumption. currently, the church serves about 5,000 Catholics residing around the north and north-east zone of Penang Island.  It is one of the architectural wonders in Penang.

City HallJalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Iconic Buildings

The City Hall is the local government headquarters in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Built by the British, it now serves as the seat of the Penang Island City Council and was previously the seat of the George Town City Council. The building is one of the attractions in Malaysia.

City ParkPersiaran Kuari, Pulau Tikus, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Parks
Botanical Gardens

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.

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Religious- Other

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple is a Burmese temple in the Pulau Tikus suburb of George Town of Penang in Malaysia. Situated in Burmah Road, the temple located close to Wat Chayamangkalaram. It is the sole and oldest Malaysian Burmese temple in the state. The temple also became a focal point for the annual Water, Songkran and Mid-Autumn festivals as well for Buddhist Lent and Candle Lighting Days within the city suburb.

Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi28, Beach St, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Chinese Temples

Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi is a Hokkien clan house at Beach Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It was founded in the early 19th century by a Tan family from the Fujian province of Zhangzhou in China. The building is a place of worship devoted to Chen Yuanguang, the founder of Zhangzhou, and his two deputies, Generals Fushun and Fusheng. It was also the ancestral temple of Tan clansmen for the purposes of cultural integration. Members of the Tan family worship their ancestors, Tan Guan Kong.

Ferry Terminal ButterworthPangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Man-made Structures- Other

The Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal is a ferry slip within Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia. This docking facility is used for Rapid Ferry services between Butterworth and the city of George Town on Penang Island. It is one of the beautiful places iin Penang.

Goddess of Mercy Temple Penang30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Chinese Temples

The Goddess of Mercy Temple is a Chinese temple in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Situated at Pitt Street, it was first built in 1728, making it Penang's oldest Taoist temple. The temple is dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin. However, the temple had been originally established for the worship of Mazu, a sea deity.

Gurney DrivePersiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Outdoors- Other

Gurney Drive is a popular seafront promenade within George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The road is also famous for the street cuisine at the seafront's hawker center and has been listed as one of the 25 best streets worldwide to visit by the Australian travel magazine, The Traveler. In addition, Gurney Drive has become part of George Town's second Central Business District due to the mushrooming of skyscrapers and shopping malls.

Gurney WharfPersiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Beaches
Parks

Gurney Wharf is a proposed seafront park currently being reclaimed off Gurney Drive in George Town, Penang. Intended as a "new iconic waterfront destination for Penang", Phase 1 of Gurney Wharf is scheduled for completion by 2018. the 24.28-hectare seafront park will comprise four distinct recreational areas - a beach, a coastal grove, a water garden, and a seaside retail food and beverages area.

Jerejak IslandJerejak Island, Penang, Malaysia
Islands

Jerejak Island is an islet off the eastern coast of Penang Island in the State of Penang, Malaysia. Located within the Northeast Penang Island District, it is also a short ferry ride from the town of Bayan Lepas near the southeastern tip of Penang Island. It was formerly the main leper asylum for the Straits Settlements. It is one of the beautiful islands in Malaysia.

Kek Lok Si Temple1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Buddhist Temples
Hill Stations

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.

Kerachut BeachTeluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
Beaches
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Wildlife Sanctuaries

One of Penang's remotest beaches. Green turtles nest there from April to August, and the Olive Ridley from September to February.

Mahindarama Buddhist Temple (Theravada)2, Jalan Kampar, Taman Kampar, 10460 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Buddhist Temples

Mahindarama Buddhist Temple is a Sri Lankan temple situated in Jalan Kampar of George Town of Penang in Malaysia. It is the sole and the oldest Malaysian Sri Lankans temple in the state which is also one of the few temples in Malaysia where the Buddha's relics are stored. The temple became a focal point for the Candle Lighting Day and the annual Wesak festival within the city suburb.

Pantai Tanjung BungahPantai Tanjung Bungah, 11200, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Beaches

Tanjung Bungah is a suburb of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. It is located along the northern coast of Penang Island between Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Tokong, and about 6.5 km northwest of the city center. Tanjung Bungah is well known as a beach destination, with several hotels and resorts lining the beaches within the area. Decades of urbanization has also led to the mushrooming of residential high-rises at Tanjung Bungah.

Penang Botanic GardensKompleks Pentadbiran,Bangunan Pavilion, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Botanical Gardens

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.

Bridges

The Penang Bridge E36 is a 13.5-kilometer dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The bridge connects Perai on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Penang Strait. The bridge was the first and, until 2014, the only road connection between the peninsula and the island. The bridge is the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia by total length, with a length over the water of 8.4

Penang Floating MosqueTanjung Bungah Road, Pulau Pinang, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
Mosques

The Penang Floating Mosque, also known as Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque is a floating mosque located in Tanjung Bungah near George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Although it is called a floating mosque, the mosque is actually built on stilts, only at high tide would it have the appearance of floating on water. It is built in a mix of Middle Eastern and local architectural style and features a prominent minaret. The mosque can accommodate 1,500 worshipers.

Penang HillBukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks

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

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