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Pulau Penang



                                      

The vibrant city of Penang is one of the top tourist destinations in Malaysia. Penang is filled with the historical architecture and colonial monuments as well as a wide selection of Chinese inspired attractions. The city has a plethora of exciting festivals and celebrations that are unseen anywhere else in the world. One of the most exciting events is the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival. This colourful affair sees the locals decorate traditional boats so they appear to look like dragons racing in the waters. The city also has a well constructed tourism infrastructure and offers visitors a wide selection of restaurants that serve both Malaysian cuisine as well as international gastronomy.


Population and Area

Population in 2010 around 1.5million ( Chinese 40.9%), (Malay 42%) with total 1,0463 square kilometres.


Local Cuisine

One of the food paradise in Peninsular Malaysia, famous with Asam Laksa, Lor bak, Lin Chee Kang, Rojak, Hainan Chicken Rice, Fried Rice Noodle and various dessert like bubur chacha etc


Places of Interest

1. Penang Hill
On Penang Hill you'll have a respite from the heat in Georgetown. The hill rises over 88 metres above the sea, and can be climbed in a moderately-strenuous four-hour hike. Alternatively, a funicular railway makes the ascent in a much shorter time. However you reach the summit you'll have a spectacular view of the city and the coastal areas once you're there.

2. Orchid and Hibiscus Garden
Take an outing to the Orchid and Hibiscus Garden. The park at Bukit Jambul features a reptile farm in addition to hibiscus and orchid gardens. Attractions of note here also include a cactus garden, deer park, ornamental Japanese pond and several waterfalls. There's a pottery corner on site as well, with interesting locally-crafted items for sale

3. Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia, is also widely-known for its architectural style that incorporates elements of Burmese, Chinese and Thai styles. The temple complex is dominated by the seven-tiered pagoda known as Ban Po Thar, constructed in honour of the Boddhisattva Tsi Tsuang Wang. The Boddhisattva chose to not enter Nirvana upon enlightenment so that he might assist others on their path.

4. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
This ornate Buddhist temple built in the Thai architectural style is known as Wat Chayamangkalaram. It houses a wonderful gold-plated image of the Buddha in a reclining position, reputed to be the world's third-largest image of its type.

5. Snake Temple
This is likely the only temple of its kind that you'll find anywhere in the world. The mass of pit vipers that are coiled around the altar’s pillars are said to be rendered harmless by the incense that perennially burns here. To make sure of this, however, all the snakes have had their venom removed. Even with this precaution, only the brave enter this temple.

6. Khoo Kongsi
When the Chinese arrived in the immigration surge during the 19th century, they formed clans, or kongsi. These clans provided a support system and substitute for the family, friends and business associates left behind. The Khoo Kongsi is the most well-known example of a hall built by an immigrant association, and was designed with the grandeur to rival a palace of a Chinese emperor.

7. Fort Cornwallis
The fort was constructed at the site of Captain Francis Light's landing at Penang in 1786. Originally built as a wooden stockade, it was replaced with a concrete structure in 1804. Today visitors to this attraction will find an open-air amphitheatre, a gallery of historic displays, and a handicraft and souvenir centre on site. An important feature is the famous Dutch cannons that have been associated with every shift in power on the peninsula since the early 1600s: the cannons were a gift from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor in 1606.

8. Batu Feringgi
Every evening along Batu Ferringhi's coast markets are set up, opening around 19:00 or 20:00 and closing between 23:00 and 01:00. You can find all sorts of merchandise on offer at very good value - providing you're willing to haggle over the prices. Clothing, cushion covers, DVDs, handbags, jewellery, luggage, sarongs, sunglasses and souvenirs are among the items you'll find on sale.

9. Beaches
The beaches of Penang are undoubtedly the main attraction. The best known of all the island beaches is Batu Ferringhi. This long stretch of sandy beach with its tranquil waters is a great spot for relaxing, sun bathing and water sports. Other beaches along the same shoreline include Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang, where you'll find upscale resorts offering the best in accommodation, meals and facilities. In more secluded areas of the island you'll encounter smaller, more private beaches if you're willing to make your way through trails in the jungle to reach them. Among the more secluded spots are Monkey Beach, Pantai Mas and Teluk Duyung


Transportation

•Flight
Penang/Bayan Lepas International Airport is one of the important airport in Peninsular Malaysia

•Highway
Between Penang Island & the gateway province to 13.5km long (Asia's fourth, ninth in the world) to connect the bridge, referred to as the Penang Bridge, built in 1985, Penang bridge connected directly north & south west coast of the Peninsular Malaysia Avenue(PLUS) highway, Malaysia Thailand up to Bukit Kayu Hitam or a new frontier in sourthern Johor Malaysia.

•Water Transport
Pedestrians & vehicles using the ferry between Georgetown and Penang Island north sea province. Speedboat service to Langkawi Island and Medan Indonesia.