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Penang Top Things to See – The Worthy sights of Penang

If you wish to visit Penang over a short space of time, there is a bunch of must-see attractions that you must incorporate into your itinerary. Here is our handpicked list of destinations you must visit in Penang- a rather interesting and eclectic mix of attractions that Penang boasts of!


Penang Hill

Penang Hill, officially known as Flagstaff Hill, is one that stands tall at over 821 metres above sea level, providing a much-needed welcome break from the heat of the city below. It is quite the attraction and should definitely make your list of must-see places in Penang. It stands to offer some show-stopper views of the entire city all the way from the top. At the top of the hill, there is also a vivaciously colourful temple, a church as well as a mosque. A visit to Penang Hill makes for an ideal daytrip should you be staying at any Penang hotel for that matter, for instance, the PARKROYAL Penang Resort.


Kek Lok Si Temple

Proclaimed as one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in the whole of Southeast Asia, the k Si temple stands atop a hill in the adorable little town of Air Itam. Said to have been founded over a century ago, the complex is lusciously furnished with beautifully-manicured gardens and sacred temples. One of its key attractions is the seven-tiered pagoda of 1000 Buddhas, which goes to represent the epitome of Thai, Chinese and Burmese architecture in one precious structure. Furthermore, the statues of The Four Heavenly Kings guarding the four points of the compass, centred with the statue of the Laughing Buddha spins quite the interesting yarn for the curious minds too.


Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Having been home to an influential Chinese industrialist in the early 1890s, this award-winning establishment is one that brings to the world the best of the 18th and 19th century Chinese architecture. Driven largely by Feng Shui design, it said to have taken a team of master craftsmen from China more than seven years to complete this mansion, full with its five granite courtyards, 38 rooms, seven staircases and 22 stained glass windows. It goes down in history as one of the only three traditional Chinese mansions to be situated outside of China.


Escape Adventureland

If you are looking to make some edge-of-the-seat sort of memories and are driven to be thrilled by activities that get your insides flaring, you might want to flag the Escape Adventureland Penang, as it is everything you can hope for! Amidst a plethora of various activities that are on offer at the adventure park, it is perhaps most famous for its zip-lining facilities that will get your hurtling speedily through the open air!


Penang War Museum

This is one of the places that comes with a lot of significant history. Built by the British army on top of Bukit Maung in the 20th century, the Penang War Museum used to be a Japanese Army base during WWII. Speak to the locals and you shall soon enough have an earful of the tales surrounding war prisoners being tortured for information and the like. Considering its (more than) shady past, it is commonly believed among the locals that this location is haunted- in fact, they would do anything to avoid climbing up there after dark falls. This once-torture house now turned war museum has some truly fascinating details that one could explore on a visit. Afterall, what is a holiday even without some hearty spooks on the way, right?

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