Penang Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Penang Sightseeing – with Wired Destinations
The capital city of Georgetown is made up of narrow streets and small houses, vehicles, signboards and temples. It is best explored on foot, or by hiring a trishaw for a day. The trishaw takes you past the city of changing colors, allowing you to discover the nation’s rich cultural heritage. At night, it can be particularly romantic to be riding a trishaw under the glow of neon lights and colorful signs.
The route in Penang takes you along the Heritage Trail. Fort Cornwallis is an important place in Malay history, where Captain Francis Light fired the most expensive cannon ball in history. The area was a wooden structure and was converted to a public park and children’s playground later. Old cannons are still kept inside the fort, with the most famous and venerable one, the Seri Rambai Cannon. Next to Fort Cornwallis are the Esplanade and the Clock Tower, which was given to Penang by a Chinese millionaire. Nearby lies the commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the Cheah Chin Gok. St George’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia, is also located around the area.
Learn more about the Malay’s rich cultural heritage at Penang Museum on the same road as St George’s Church. Visitors can see a beautiful Chinese chamber created in the style of the 19th century, and see the bejeweled keris (dagger) which the Malays used for protection. Art lovers will surely appreciate the Penang Art Gallery. The gallery displays a collection of work by local artists, such as drawings, paintings, batik, graphics and Chinese ink drawings. Along the same road is Penang’s oldest hotel, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, which was established by the Armenian Sarkies brothers and is one of Asia’s grand hotels.
Along the Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keiling road is the town’s oldest Buddhist temple, the Kuan Yin Temple. The temple is dedicated to the Chinese god of mercy, Kuan Yin. Inside the temple, tourists will find a line of noodle hawkers, trishaws and souvenir stalls. The same road also leads to the Little India, where saris, accessories and garlands deck the stores. This is also a great place to shop for authentic Indian spices and herbs. As you walk along through Lebuh Queen Street, you’ll see the Sri Mariamman Temple, which is the oldest place of worship for the Hindus.
The area of Penang Chinatown is packed with century-old shop houses, Chinese clan houses and coffee shops. The area is home to many antique stores as well as loads of contemporary boutiques. You can find almost anything here, such as leather goods, batik, secondhand books and accessories. Chinese opera plays occasionally in the evening and is a famous draw for international visitors.
Out of town, the beaches in the north of Penang are the main tourist attractions. The three most popular beaches are Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang. The waters are clear and the beaches are ideal for water sport activities. There is a full range of Penang hotels and accommodation along the beach road, as well as places for backpackers. The mountains around the island also make for a great Penang sightseeing experience. At Titi Kerawang, there are waterfalls and a splendid view of the Indian Ocean. The natural pool is great for swimming.
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