Housed within the Kompleks Pustaka Warisan Seni, the P. Ramlee Gallery is built to remember the legacy of Malaysia's renowned director, actor and composer P. Ramlee. In the gallery, you'll find old memorabilias of various sorts from classic posters of the movies he acted to his favourite old flute.
Address: Lot 2180 Jalan P. Ramlee, George Town, 10460, Penang, MALAYSIA
According to Chinese custom, miniature paper replicas of houses, servants and wordly possessions (cars, mobile phones, watches etc.) are burnt as offerings to the newly deceased to accompany them on their new life in the afterworld. Aside from paper houses, the shop also makes giant paper effigies of Chinese gods which are used to commemorate deities' birthdays and religious festivals.
Address: 198A, Lebuh Carnavon, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Apart from the cafe's chirpy setting, what's unique about Paper Pepper is their wall of colourful postcards where patrons are free to purchase and send to family, friends or future self. Expect pasta, dessert, all day brunch and snacks to fill up the menu. For something light, try the canapes that consists of smoked salmon, crab meat, caviar and flavoured cream cheese.
Address: 70, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Kuala Muda is a place for fisherman to dock their boats. Located here is the famous Pasar Bisik (Whispering Market) where buyers traditionally make their auction bids by whispering their offers to sellers. It is a central trading point for fishermen and fishmongers from the surrounding areas including Kedah and Perak.
Address: Whispering Fish Market Complex, 08500 Kuala Kedah, Kedah.
Representing the best south west coast beach on Penang island is Pasir Panjang Beach in Balik Pulau. Pasir Panjang beach has a steeper gradient when compared to other Penang beaches but this does not inhibit its effectiveness for providing a fun location to visit.
Here's where you can have banana leaf rice in comfort. In a clean and air-conditioned atmosphere, Passions of Kerala serves delicious banana leaf rice with a wide variety of curries to pair with. Be sure to try out their refreshing lassis.
Address: 102 Lot C3 New World Park Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050, Penang, MALAYSIA
Situated on Lebuh Penang, the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum features two dimensional exhibits with themes of 'All About Penang Life' and 'Modern Classic' as well as art exhibits with three-dimensional sculptures. The newly opened museum has 35 artworks of optical illusion paintings and sculptures. To capture the best angle for a shot, check out there are guidance and assistance placed beside each artwork
Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Home to over 300 bird species, explore Penang Bird Park that showcases about 2,500 birds. Visitors can interact with the birds during live shows and even catch a glimpse of pythons and crocodiles found in the park.
Address: 45, Lintang Kurau 7, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Perai, Penang, MALAYSIA
Over a hundred years old, Penang Botanic Gardens is famous for their flora and fauna, namely the long-tailed Macaque monkeys roaming freely in the gardens. A really popular spot for joggers and those who enjoy brisk walking, it's manicured lawns and pockets of nurseries boast hundreds of species of flora.
Address: Kompleks Pentadbiran,Bangunan Pavilion, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.
Built in 1985, Penang Bridge is an icon of the Penang State connecting Seberang Perai and Penang Island. With a length of 13.5km, the bridge is the second longest in Malaysia, compared to Penang's other connecting bridge to Seberang Perai at 24km, the longest in Southeast Asia.
A great way to cool yourself down on a sunny day in Penang. Treat yourself to a bowl of Penang's famous dessert, chendol. Don’t worry about not finding the small lane where this Penang famous Teochew chendol stall is located. Spot the long queue off Jalan Penang and you are at the right place.
Address: Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Ferry dining cruise offers an international buffet dinner, Malaysian cultural performances and a chance for you to enjoy viewing the beautiful sunset and charming night scenery of Penang island.
Image courtesy of Penang Ferry Dining Cruise
Address: Penang Ferry Terminal, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Forestry Museum or Muzium Perhutanan Pulau Pinang, is a museum that was set up to generate greater appreciation among the general public for the rainforest in Penang. Constructed in 1976 and first opened to the public in 1983, the museum covers a 700 sq meter site. It was constructed using various types of wood. The main exhibition hall is supported by the trunk of a single forest tree. Penang Forestry Museum has exhibits showcasing the different types of wood and wood products. There are eight dioramas showing the different types of forest including the mangrove swamp forest, swamp forest, coastal hill forest, lowland dipterocarp forest, hill dipterocarp forest, upper hill dipterocarp forest, montane oak forest and montane ericaceous forest. The museum is really geared towards educating children and school students. Due to its proximity with the Batu Ferringhi tourist belt, it receives a small stream of tourists.
Address: Museum Perhutanan Hutan Lipur Teluk Bahang Taman Rimba, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang, MALAYSIA
This world-class golf course offers formidable fairways and greens surrounded by rock passages and dense jungle. Its stunning 18 hole 5,763m, par 72 golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., a noted golf course architect.
Address: 2, Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bukit Jambul, 11900, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) was established in 1986 as a charitable NGO, dedicated to promoting Penang's cultural and built heritage. Its objectives are to promote the conservation of Penang's heritage, to facilitate cultural educational programmes, to organize public awareness programmes and to cooperate with other like-minded organizations in Malaysia and abroad.
Address: 26, Church Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ascend Penang Hill, 720-metre above sea level by means of funicular train. Enjoy the bird's eye view (usually clearer in the afternoon) of George Town and feel the cool and refreshing air at the summit. Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia'a largest Buddhist temple. Marvel at the 30-metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the 7-tier 'Thousand-Buddha Pagoda' and the 'Pond of Longevity'.
Duration of tour: 3.5 hours
Experience the unique funicular train ride to Penang Hill, 720-metre above the sea level. At the summit, appreciate the exhilarating bird's eye view from the cosy David Brown Restaurant, where you get to enjoy English High Tea in the cool weather. Take a stroll at the summit before descending.
Address: Tour & Incentive Travel, A-2-10 Vantage, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang, MALAYSIA
Immerse yourself in the forgotten musical heritage of Penang with exhibits and interactive features, with a spotlight on the traditional music of Penang's diverse communities; the defining period of the 1930s to the 1970s; as well as musical icons that have shaped the music of Penang and Malaysia.
Address: L4-02, Level 4, ICT Digital Mall, KOMTAR, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
The park was built in the 1970's on quarry land. It is a popular venue for sporty activities and to unwind after a busy day. There's also a skating rink, waterpark plus an outdoor auditorium for open-air festivals and concerts.
Address: Persiaran Kuari, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Formerly known as the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, the Penang National Park is home to a massive family of flora and fauna. The park includes a rare meromictic lake where fresh and sea water meet; and eight beaches with the popular one being the Pantai Kerachut that has its very own turtle sanctuary.
Address: Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang National Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience many natural facets and habitats. An array of flora and fauna greets visitors along the trails of the tropical rainforest. Apart from monkeys and monitor lizards, migratory birds are frequently sighted at the mangrove swamps. This excursion includes a 2-hour soft jungle trek from Teluk Bahang to Monkey Beach and a return boat journey of 20-minute. Drinking water provided.
Address: Tour & Incentive Travel, A-2-10 Vantage, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang, MALAYSIA
Gurney Drive's popular seafood restaurant offers a decent range of Chinese seafood-based dishes. If you're feeling famished, try its signature bah kut teh and steamed fish bee hoon, stir fried vegetable with tofu, fish bee hoon soup and more.
Address: 65, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang State Art Gallery is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The non-circulating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from year 1965 to the present. The Penang State Art Gallery presents artworks revolving around ideas of identity, urbanization, globalisation and the environment, these works raise pertinent issues on urban living in the modern cityscape and prompt us to consider how the artists have translated their visions about these issues into works of art.
Description by Penang State Art Gallery
Address: Dewan Sri Pinang, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 Penang.
In 1962, action was taken by the State Government to secure a suitable place to house the state museum and art gallery. The acquisition of the present building, which once housed the Penang Free School (1821 – 1927) and then the Hutchings School (1928 – 1960) was inspired by the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia's Prime Minister) who wished to preserve this dignified old building where he and many leading citizens had been pupils. On 10 July 1963, the State Government formed the first Committee comprising officers and representatives of various interests under the chairmanship of the State Secretary, Encik Abu Hassan Abdullah, to discuss the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery. The outcome was the formation of a Working Committee under Miss Nicol-Smith, Senior Lecturer in English at Malayan Teachers’ college and who have had some experience as a Museum Curator before. After three meetings, this Working Committee presented on 29 Oct 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24 Feb 1964, the setting up of a Museum and Art Gallery proper. - Text from Penang State Museum official website
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Located on Jalan Green Hall, the Penang Time Tunnel features a fascinating layout that takes you back in time to significant periods of Penang history. Some of the highlighted eras include 'The Founding of Penang' (1786-1794), 'The Growing Multi-Racial Population' (1795-1825), 'The Recession and Turbulent Years After Independence' (1957-1969), 'Penang Towards A Brighter Future' (2013 and beyond) and more. Interestingly, this timeline is captured through the creative use of interactive murals. Thus, providing a fun-filled trip for all.
Address: No. 39, Jalan Green Hall, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang War Museum is a privately-run museum located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung. The war museum is a monument to the mistake made by the British in thinking that the enemy would attack from the sea, and thus they constructed the bunkers and enforcement with cannons aimed to the sea. As it turned out, the Japanese invaded by land, coming down the Peninsula, and rendering the preparation moot.
Address: Lot 1350, Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960, Penang, MALAYSIA
S.M. Badjenid & Son established in George Town in 1917 is the country's oldest manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of perfume compounds, essential oils, bakhoor and oudh. The shop also sells canvas and custom-made canvas products including tents and canopies. Now run by third generation family members, the shop is packed floor to ceiling with thousands of exotic halal perfumes and eau de toilettes (which do not contain any alcohol).
Address: S.M. Badjenid & Son, 184 - 186, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Experience the astonishing allure of gold at the PG Gold Museum. Public Gold is the first company in Malaysia to set up a gold museum for you to learn all about gold via exhibitions, demos and guided tours. Located in one of the heritage buildings in Penang, you'll find gold and silver collection from across the world that have been artistically crafted into myriads of designs.
Address: 95 Lebuh Bishop, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is one of the most ornate private homes in George Town. Built by one of the most illustrious personality in 19th century Malaya, the house has a long and colorful history. After decades of neglect, the mansion was bought by a property developer who restored and turned it into a museum to showcase his collection of Peranakan antiques
Address: 29 Lebuh Gereja, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Jothee is one of Penang's oldest printing presses established in 1935 by S. Letchumanasamy who arrived in Penang as a 10 year from India. Working at odd jobs from morning till night to support his family, the young man eventually saved enough money to open a printing press at the age of 19. It was the first presses in Penang to produce locally made diaries and handmade accounts ledgers; today it is run by the founder's son Shanmuganathan.
Address: Jothee Press, 4, Lebuh Pasar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Old Protestant Cemetery, also known as Northam Road Cemetery, is a disused Christian cemetery in George Town, Penang. After more than a century of neglect, it is now classified as a heritage site and is maintained by the Penang Heritage Trust. Captain Francis Light's grave, along with some members of the Scott family are also in the cemetery.
Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
A small, lesser know island lies off the coast of Penang, named as the Island of Peace. Home to a small community, Pulau Aman is an idyllic Malay fishing village just a short ferry ride from the Batu Musang jetty in Batu Kawan.
The fork takes you to Pulau Betong. Decades ago the thriving river was used to transport incoming goods such as flower pots and cooking utensils and outgoing agricultural produce. Today river transportation has disappeared but boats are used instead to support a lively fishing business.
Address: Pulau Betong, Balik Pulau, 11000, Penang, MALAYSIA
Pulau Tikus Market is a neighbourhood wet market filled with fresh produce, fruits and vegetables. In the afternoon, Pulau Tikus Market transforms into a foodie haven where hawker stalls like Hokkien mee, chicken rice, lok lok and curry mee operate throughout the day.
Address: Jalan Pasar (Off Jalan Burma), George Town, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
Address: Jalan Dato Keramat (In front of Birch House), George Town, 10150, Penang, MALAYSIA
Set up to promote, market and generate tourism for the Penang State in Malaysia, Penang Global Tourism is a tourism bureau which serves as a focal point for coordinating all tourism activities. PGT, as it is affectionately known, works closely with various key tourism industry players locally and abroad. PGT participates in overseas sales missions at world-renowned trade shows, and the exposure has contributed to Penang’s popularity as a destination, investment and home of choice for many from around the world.