Penang is one of the top holiday destinations of the world, due to its unique amalgamation of various cultures as well as its cultural and historical heritage, reflected in various temples, architectural landmarks, informative tours and cuisine. There are many resorts and hotels in Penang where tourists can stay and explore the place with its many sites of tourist interest.
1. Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The temple houses a pagoda of a 1000 Buddhas, statues made from various precious materials, combining Chinese, Burmese and Thai styles in one structure. With its scenic gardens to add to the magnificence, this is a must visit for every tourist in Penang.
2. Penang Hill: Rising to almost 821 meters above sea level, this is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, offering a panoramic view of the entire island. A train takes visitors to the top of the hill, which also houses a Hindu temple, mosque and church and also hosts a snake show.
3. Fort Cornwallis with its 10 feet-high walls is named after Charles Cornwallis, the Governor General of India during the colonial time. The fortress is an architectural representative of Penang’s history, with many recreational centers located inside.
4. Tropical Spice Garden is one of the most scenic locations in Penang and is like a living museum, home to over 500 species of exotic flora and fauna sprawled over 8 acres. It contains 11 garden trails as well as a Museum of Spices and a Spice Café making this a must see for all tourists.
5. The Butterfly Farm in Penang is home than 4000 thousand butterflies belonging to 120 different species. Some rare species of butterflies as well as insect and reptile species can be found here. Also a research and educational center, this is a truly unique destination.
6. Khoo Kongsi: It is the clan house for the Khoo family and the Dragon Mountain Hall is impressive in its architectural depictions and is considered to be good luck by the locals. It is one destination where various forms of the city’s native architecture and artifacts can be viewed.
7. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is home to the giant reclining Buddha statue. This Thai temple was built in the mid 19th century. The statue of Buddha is considered to be the third largest of its kind in the world, and the temple is a representation of Buddhist culture in Penang.
8. Snake Temple is an unusual kind of temple. This is one must see destination for snake lovers, housing some of the most venomous snakes on the island.
9. Queensbay Mall: For those with an inclination towards shopping, this mall, being the biggest shopping destination in Penang, offers a variety of shops and stores to choose from to satisfy all shopping needs.
10. War Museum was built by the British Army and later served as a base for the Japanese Army. Still maintaining its ventilation shafts, underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, it is a solemn depiction of war and its influence on Penang.
Hotels in Penang offer packages allowing visitors to sample different aspects of the culture and life in Penang.