Main Attractions and Sights in Penang

A Thai Buddhist temple situated on a 5-acre site, Wat Chayamangkalaram is home to the third largest reclining Buddha in the world. Many of the urns containing the ashes of dead family members and relatives are stored in the many niches located behind the reclining Buddha.

Wat Chayamangkalaram is also home to be the highest pagoda structure in Malaysia, which is nine storeys high and measuring 165 feet. Huge statues of the mystical Naga serpents that link heaven to earth are found all over the complex. Admission is free. Taking pictures are not allowed inside the main temple itself.

State Mosque
The state mosque of Penang, located around a site measuring 4.5 square hectares in the suburb of Greenlane, is considered to be one of the most magnificent mosques in the country. It houses a chandelier situated in the prayer hall that measures twenty by sixteen feet. In order to visit the mosque, make sure that you first obtain permission from the State Religious Department. There is a dress code being observed here as well, so make sure that you dress appropriately.

Penang State Museum
The museum hosts a wide variety of paintings including eight of the ten original oil paintings of Capt. Robert Smith. It also contains various collections of Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewelry, costumes and other state treasures whose qualities are unsurpassed in beauty and historic value.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
The mansion is reminiscent of the 18th and 19th centuries and one of only three remaining buildings still standing located outside China. Its ancient tiled roofs, cobbled courtyards, russet brick walls and steel spiral stairways, rare collections of porcelain, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries, lacquers, bronzes and other antiques are enough to take anyone back in time.

Fort Cornwallis and King Edward Circus Clock Tower
Famous for the 60 foot clock tower built at the entrance of the fort which was presented in 1897 to Queen Victoria on her diamond jubilee with each foot signifying one year of her reign, these structures were originally wooden structures surrounded by cannons which the British retrieved from pirates. The fort’s main cannon called Seri Rambau dates back to 1613. According to local belief, women will be able to conceive a child if special prayers and flowers are placed inside its barrel.

Penang Hill
Penang Hill is a popular rendezvous spot for both local people and tourists. Standing 830 meters above sea level, temperature drops down to about 18 degrees Celsius and offers a wonderful panoramic view of Georgetown and the coastal regions of mainland Peninsular Malaysia.

Forest Recreation Park
This is a beautiful park located on the northwest part of Penang, covering 100 hectares. It hosts several freshwater pools, footpaths, rest huts, a children’s playground and a forestry museum which houses tropical timber products and preserved insect species.

Botanical Gardens
This botanical garden is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. It covers an area of 30 hectares and surrounded by forested hills. It is home to a wide collection of tropical flora and fauna. It includes its own replica of the Penang Bridge, a library and rhesus monkeys.

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