What to do in Penang Malaysia?
I’ve already talked about the island of Penang in Malaysia, and now I would like to tell you what you can do there. What to see in Penang? Where to go? etc.
Believe my experience, you can be happy in Penang just walking through the streets. Especially on the street decorated with “Street pictures”, or along the coast. But if you will want something more and you decide to get acquainted with the history of the island, or simply look the museums, you can visit next ones:
1. Penang State Museum. (Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang).
Address: Lebuh Farquhar Street, Georgetown, Penang, 10200, Malaysia.
In this museum you can get acquainted with the history of the island of Penang and Malaysia. The museum is large enough and interesting. The museum features many photos and pictures, so if you have time and desire to read what is written below them, you will learn many new and interesting things.
If you are prefer just looking around, you can pay attention for some antique exibits. Personally, I really liked this museum, but to read what was written under the photos I did not have the patience. Fortunately, I was there with my girlfriend Petya, who read all the inscriptions and when we were walking from one museum to another, she told me all the story what she read there.
Address: 49 Lebuh Muntri, Penang, Malaysia.
This museum is very small by size, but very voluminous in the number of information. In The Camera Museum you will be able to see the exhibition of cameras produced in different years and in different countries, try yourself as a photographer, see the photos made at that time when people were even not dream about mobile phone with the camera.
This is one of the most interesting and fascinating museum in Penang. So, if you are lucky enough to visit the island of Penang in Malaysia, be sure to visit this museum. I said lucky, because for me Malaysia, especially Penang island is one of the most favorite places in the world.
3. The Kek Lok Si Temple.
Address: Kek Lok Si Temple, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang.
Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples, which I saw. Also, it is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple is located on top of a hill Air Itam, which offers a great view of the city.
The main temple was built in 1905. Walking through the grounds of the temple, you will receive an indescribable pleasure. Construction of the entire temple complex was completed in 1930. Kek Lok Si Temple to this day is an important place of pilgrimage for Asian Buddhists. On the territory of the temple you can see a huge statue of Buddha.
This temple is located outside the city center, so, better to go there by car or taxi. Speaking of taxis, in Malaysia, compared to Europe taxis are cheap enough. And if you decide to make a tour around Penang by taxi, be sure to email me, I’ll give you a telephone number of the best taxi driver in Penang. He is very kind and sympathetic. I’m sure you will like him.
4. Penang Bird Park.
Address: Taman Burung Seberang Jaya, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700, Perai, Pulau Pinang, 13700, Malaysia
Penang Bird Park it is a very beautiful park. There you can take a walk, look at the different birds, take a picture with a big parrot. More than 3000 thousands of birds live in this park. Also in this park you can feed some birds with hands, take a look about large and terrible crocodile, walk among the pink flamingos.
I guess this place will be very interesting for the kids. Because there, is possible to contact with the birds and some animals around, run, play, basically do whatever you want.
5. Penang War Museum.
Adress: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia.
In my opinion, the most interesting thing in this museum is the ability to walk, even crawl, through the old tunnel. This tunnel is narrow and dark. If I were there alone, I would never have got into this tunnel. But fortunately, I was there with my friends, so, we decided to do it. I was realy scared and was waiting when we will go out.
Friendly speaking, I do not really like all that is connected with the war, but it’s part of the history of each country, so quite informative to see how they made it in different countries. In the War Museum you can see the rooms where the prisoners were kept, them bath and even guillotine.
6. Penang Butterfly Farm.
Adress: Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Penang Butterfly Farm is incredible beauty place. When you walking through it, you have a feeling that you are in a fairy tale. A huge number of butterflies flying around you, green trees, small waterfall and all this things together make you happy. I felt like a princess there.
In the butterfly farm you can become acquainted with evolution of butterfly, take a look at the various insect, enjoy the atmosphere.
Adress: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
It is the home of the famous Chinese wealthy merchant. In this house, you can see how in the past lived richest people in Malaysia. What clothes they were wearing, what furniture were used in everyday life and so on. If you have free time, be sure to visit this place, you will learn many new and interesting things. And in this place working wonderful people, which are happy to make your tour in the museum and tell all they know themselves. I’m sure you will like it there.
8. Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple.
Adress: 17, Lorong Burma, 10250, Penang, Malaysia.
Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist Temple. It’s not big like Kek Lok Si Temple, but very very nice temple. There you can see a a large statue of the Reclining Buddha. You can stroll through the temple grounds, visit the temple each separately, to see real Buddhists, and even make a wish. And there you have a chance to climb onto the roof of the great temple there and enjoy the beauty of the view.
In Penang, there are more many interesting and wonderful places to visit. For example, the famous Penang Hill, or Penang Botanical Gardens, which is full of monkeys, who freely roam the park, or sit by the roadside, Penand Time Tunnel, etc. But about all of this I’ll tell you next time.
Have you been in the Penang? Maybe you are a citizen of this city? What do you like most there? Or maybe you’re just going to get there? E-mail me, and I will give you some practical advice. Write your answers in the comments to this post.