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Top 17 Places to Visit in Penang for First Time Tourist


Penang has many historical places and beautiful natural surroundings that are worth exploring, especially for a first time visitor to the island. Here is a compilation list of the top 17 places in and around Georgetown.



Kek Lok Si Temple

This temple which stands majestically on a hill in Air Itam can be seen from afar. It boasts the beautiful “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” which blends Burmese, Chinese and Thai architecture. The whole place is lighted up at night during the Chinese New Year for a period of two weeks. Read more about this temple...


Khoo Kongsi

It is one of the grandest clan temples in the country. Clustered in its square are an elaborately embellished temple, association building, a traditional theater as well as several 19th century row houses. Check out the site...


Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Located in Church Street, this Mansion displayed many porcelain pieces, furniture and pieces of art and artifacts related to the history and colorful lifestyle of the Baba Nyonya of Penang. A visit to this Mansion is a must with a camera. Check out the site ...



Fort Cornwalls

The fort was built on the site of Sir Francis Light’s historic landing in 1786. Originally a wooden stockade, it is now a concrete structure and currently houses cannons, a history gallery, café, handcraft and souvenir center as well as an open-air stage


Botanic Garden

This garden is a popular recreation spot for the locals and visitors. It has a lot of various flora which is unknown. One gets to see a lot of monkeys running around too. Opening from 7am to 7pm.


War Museum

Built around the remnants of a British fort, this 20-acre museum contains several installations above and below ground where old war relics are stored. Visitors can weave though a complex to view barracks, old cookhouses, lock-ups, tunnels and ventilation shafts. Read more...


Penang Museum

Hundreds of old prints, paintings, clay, stone and porcelain ware as well as other historical artifacts that highlight the important periods in Penang’s development can be found here.



Kapitan Keling Mosque

Built in early 19th century, the mosque features a yellowish white façade and a dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. Check out the site…



St. George’s Church

The church is one of the oldest landmarks in the city and was named after the patron saint of England. It features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.



Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram (Sleeping Buddha)

This Buddhist temple with Chinese and Thai architecture is located in Pulau Tikus area. Inside, you will find the magnificent Sleeping Buddha which is said to be one of the longest in the world.



Penang Hill

Malaysia’s first hill station. Penang Hill is 830m above sea level. You can hike up or by travel leisurely in the funicular train which has been operational since 1922 and enjoy the cool weather as well as the beautiful view at the summit.



Toy Museum

This Toy Museum located in Tanjung Bunga, right beside Copthrone Hotel has an impressive collection of toys and collectibles.



Tropical Spice Garden

Visitors can get a feel of plants, birds and insects in a tropical environment at this eight-acre garden which has over 500 exotic varieties of plants.



Tropical Fruit Farm

Spread over 25 acres of hilly terrain, the farm produces over 200 tropical and subtropical fruits including durians, lychees, mangoes, guavas and several lesser known varieties. More photos can be seen here.



Penang Butterfly Farm

The farm spans 0.8ha and is home to 3,000 living specimens from over 50 species of colorful butterflies, frogs, scorpions and other insects. Read more of this place...


Penang Bird Park

The park spans 5 acres and houses some 800 birds from all over the world. It is beautifully landscaped and featured a walk-in aviary, ponds and ornamental plants. Check out this site...


Gurney Drive

A favorite place for visitors as it offers a wide spread of hawker food stalls and restaurants. From high end seafood restaurants to cafes and with nearby shopping complexes and hotels, Gurney Drive is definitely the place you will like to be in.
Zac Teo

Zac Teo

Zac Teo is a Penang boy, being born and raised on this island. A music lover that always seeks new music to enjoy along with his daily dose of coffee; he loves traveling, exploring and also hunting for the latest food around the island. His penchant on writing about his beloved island led to him starting up Penang365.com in 2015.

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