25 Jul Penang City Attractions Guide
Penang is known for being a food paradise due to the diversity of ethnicity, religion and culture of the people living there. Here, it is easy to find people from all over the world congregating in a little roadside shack, making hearty conversation over some beers. When one visits Penang, he must be prepared to feast not just on food, but also on the thriving culture and energy of the city!
Travelling around Penang
One can get around by renting a car or bike, taking public bus or trishaws.
Within Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Site itself, the trishaw is a good idea since all the famous landmarks are just a stone’s throw away from each other.
To travel around the island, the Rapid Penang public bus service is available for extremely affordable prices. Though the frequency of the public buses are not very reliable, the buses go almost everywhere.
Within central Penang, one should take the Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services that run for free. Operated by Rapid Penang, anyone can take these buses to major attractions, shops and city events.
If you’re taking a taxi, make sure that the taxi you are getting into has a working meter. Flagfall rate for a standard taxi is 2MYR for the first kilometre then 10 sen for each additional 200 meters according to the meter. If the taxi does not have a working meter, don’t get in, or agree on a price before getting in!
What to do & Where to go
Penang’s historic Georgetown district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2008, a microcosm of the nation’s multiethnic heritage. Wandering through Georgetown, one can easily catch glimpses of its colonial past smattered by new age street art murals alongside traditional kopitiams (coffee shops).
Gurney (Food, Shopping)
Gurney Drive is a long road with hawkers peddling oily but irresitably delicious street food at affordable prices to large shopping malls. Look out for Gurney plaza, a 7 story shopping complex which boasts everything from cafes to high end luxury stores, complete with a cinema for those who just want to sit back and relax at the movies.
Opening hours: 10am – 1am Daily
Buses: #101, #102, #304
Kek Lok Si Temple
Known as the “Temple of Supreme Bliss”, this sacred Buddhist Temple (which is also the largest Buddhist temple in Asia) was said to be visited by royalty like Empress Cixi. The main attraction of Kek Lok Si Temple is the 7 story Pagodaof Rama VI and bronze statue of the goddess Guan Yin.
Buses: #203, #204
Visit Night Markets
Dive headfirst into the bustle of the night markets lining the streets of Jalan Pantai Batu as night falls. Known affectionately as Pasar Malams, these night markets are crowded with both tourists and locals jostling to buy everything from street food to imitation CDs to touristy memorabilia.
Here are the places you may find pasar malams in Penang.
Monday Nights: Macallum Street Ghaut
Tuesday Nights: Tanjung Bungah Market
Wednesday Nights: Farlim, Pantai Jerejak
Friday Nights: Taman Kheng Tian in Jelutong
Saturday Night: Sungai Dua
Sunday Night: Paya Terubong and Balik Pulau
ESCAPE Adventure Land
The newest addition to Penang’s tourist scene, ESCAPE is an ecofriendly amusement park with plenty of fun family/team bonding activities. This place is suited for kids and families looking for a place to go!
Address: 828 Jalan Teluk Bahang 11050. Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 6pm Tuesday
Entrance fee: Children 55RM, Adults 83RM, Senior Citizens Free
Buses: # 101 to Teluk Bahang Bus Terminus, then change to # 501 heading in the direction of Balik Pulau
World’s Smallest Park, Penang National Park
At a size of only 2,300 hectares, Teluk Bahang is known as the world’s smallest national park. However, don’t cross this place off your list just yet! With an exotic turtle sanctuary, a monkey beach and even pools, Penang National Park makes a great place for a romantic stroll for couples and families.
Opening hours: 7.30am – 6pm Daily
Buses: # 101
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions
Address: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5pm
Phone: +60 4 264 2929
The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia
Address: 18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm
Phone: +60 4 261 4609
Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion
The Blue Mansion is a perfect epitome of the grandeur and achievements of Cheong Fatt Tze, which to date remains an iconic figure in the fabric of Penang’s vibrant heritage.
Address: 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4 262 0006
Queensbay Mall, one of the finest shopping malls in Penang Island, is located in the heart of Bayan Lepas. The mall features 5 retail levels of international and home-grown brands including fashion, lifestyle, dining, entertainment, sports, electronics, home furnishing and department store.
Address: 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4 646 8888
Fort Cornwallis (康華利堡)
Fort Cornwallis is a star fort in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia.
Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm
Phone: +60 4 263 9855
Penang City Hall
The Penang City Hall is a British-built, Edwardian-style building in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Formerly the seat of the City Council of George Town, this building is currently the seat of the Penang Island City Council.
Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm
QEII The Waterfront Venue
Address: Tanjong City Marina Church St. Pier 8A Pengkalan Weld Tanjong City Marina Church St. Pier 8A Pengkalan Weld, Penang, 10300 George Town, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4 261 2126
Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang
The Sun Yat-sen Museum Penang, formerly called the Sun Yat-sen Penang Base, is a museum in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Address: Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5pm
Phone: +60 16555 1910
Remember to check out our Penang Food Guide here as well!