Culture of Penang. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

UNESCO Heritage Trail A major part of spots of tourist attraction on Penang island is concentrated on the territory of the capital of the island George town. However tourists should not limit the exploration of the destination to the boundaries of the city as other parts of the island keep as well many spots of tourist interest. George town boasts numerous beautiful architectural landmarks, temples of ultimate glory and many other landmarks of world significance.
The main ingredient of ethnic cuisine in Penang is rice being put to the heart of many local dishes. Expert cooks prepare rice in great many ways. The rice can be roasted with vegetables and … Open
The Penang Bridge is one of the main symbols of the island connecting the island with the continent. The total length of the bridge is 13.5km being the third in the world by its length. Tourists should take a tour over the bridge as it offers unforgettable panoramic views being a perfect background for memorable photos of a journey.
Among religious landmarks of the destination the Snake Temple is one of the most interesting objects to visit. The temple is remarkable not only for its unique architecture. It is mentioned in numerous legends. According to one of the legends the temple was erected on a place of a priest’s house. The priest was a man of boundless kindness and turned his house into home for all poor and helpless people. The priest was that kind that even let snakes into his house. Tourists can witness a genuine miracle happening each year in the temple. During the Buddha holidays lots of snakes slither into the temple. Copyright
Penang is famous for its majestic holidays which are always accompanied with the brightest customs and rituals. Bright events have turned into genuine local landmark being of greatest … Open
In the suburban district of George town tourists will find a well known mountain named Bukit Bendera climbing to the top of which is a popular ritual among tourists. They will find a great observation ground on the top of the mountain presenting a good panorama of all the districts of the island. Getting to the top of the mountain of 833m height is possible in two ways: either on foot or by a special cable railway. The largest and most beautiful religious construction on the island is considered to be the Kek Lok Si temple or Temple of Supreme Bliss. Its festive opening was held in 1890. The construction of the temple lasted for 20 years. .
Beach View The temple presents a unique fusion of Thai, Chinese and Burmese architectural traditions. Close to the marvelous building tourists will find the Ban Pa Thar pagoda of the same incredible glory. One of the most exciting and original cultural objects of the island is considered to be the War Museum of Penang. The cultural establishment is located on the ruins of British fortress which was erected in the first part of the 20th century. The museum presents a lifestyle and peculiar aspects of life of British and Malaysian soldiers during the World War II.
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Iconic cultural sights of Malaysia

You should also visit the modern buildings that have become the hallmark of the country. For example, these are the impressive Petronas Twin Towers. Each of them has 88 floors. They are not the highest in the world today. However, the architectural complex is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful high-rise structures on the planet. The Menara TV Tower is slightly lower in height than the Twin Towers. But a great view of the surrounding area opens from its observation deck. There is a restaurant at an altitude of more than 200 meters. It is better to book seats in it in advance. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is another modern but extremely impressive landmark. It spans the gorge. It is located above the gorge at a high altitude. A complex engineering solution was required to create the bridge. … Open

What to visit during two-day excursion in Penang

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Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill)
Where: 215 Macalister Road, Bukit Bendera, Penang;
Snake Temple
Where: Bayan Lepas, Penang;
Penang Botanical Gardens
Where: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 227 0428;
Butterfly Farm
Where: Teluk Bahang, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 885 1253;
Kek Lok Si (Temple of Paradise)
Where: Ayer Hitam (Air Itam), Penang;
Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) and Taman Negara Pulau Penang (Penang National Park)
Where: Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abas,Teluk Bahang,, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 881 3530/ +60 (0)4 881 3500; More info:;
Fort Cornwallis
Where: Padang Kota Lama, Georgetown, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 261 0260;
Kuan Yin Temple
Where: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Lebuh Pitt), Georgetown, Penang;
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Where: Lebu Leith, Georgetown, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 262 0006;
Khoo Kongsi
Where: 18 Cannon Square, Georgetown, Penang; Telephone: +60 (0)4 261 4609;
Sri Mariamman Temple
Where: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling, corner of Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Queen, Penang;
Penang Museum and Art Gallery
Where: Lebuh Farquhar, Penang;
Masjid Kapitan Keling (Kapitan Keling Mosque)
Where: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang; More info: Dress modestly, and remove shoes before entering;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Penang
♥   Palace 'Istana Iskandariah' , 98.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Istana Kenangan' , 99.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Penang

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