There’s a few days left until the next school term starts. For those who are still on leave for the festive season, this is the perfect time to bring your family for a getaway.
If you happen to be around the northern parts of the Peninsular Malaysia, head over to Penang for an island escapade to recharge before you go back to work.
Check out these 10 tourist attractions in Penang that you can either visit for free or pay a small fee of RM5 or lesser.
1. Clan Jetties Floating Village
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Wondering what life’s like at a floating village? At Clan Jetties Floating Village, you can witness Chinese families practicing old traditions, praying at the temple, or preparing food. Stroll the wooden piers to take beautiful snapshots and explore the entire village. Do be respectful as people still live here. The village is also close to the Penang ferry terminal.
Address: Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
2. Penang Avatar Secret Garden
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Inspired by the 2009 blockbuster Avatar, Penang Avatar Secret Garden imitates the breathtaking Pandora world. Walk into the magical forest with dazzling colours which comes alive at night.
Address: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
3. Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
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The building which houses the museum was built in 1821 and was formerly the Penang Free School, the oldest English-medium school in Southeast Asia. It showcases old photographs, maps, charts, historical relics, and paintings of early Penang.
Address: No.57 Macalister Road, Georgetown, 10400 Penang
4. Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge
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One of Penang’s most iconic landmarks, the 24,000 metre-long Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge plays a vital role in connecting people from Seberang Perai (in Peninsular Malaysia) to Batu Maung (Penang) for the past four years.
Admission: Toll rate starts from 60 cents for private cars
Address: Second Penang Bridge, Bayan Lepas, Penang
5. Sun Yat-sen Museum
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The museum showcases the life and work of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a 20th-century nationalist figure who led the Chinese Revolution in 1911 and brought down the Manchu regime. He first came to Penang in 1905 and later made the island the headquarter for his political party. Though his stay in Penang was short-lived, his popularity rose in the 1950s Malaya.
Admission: RM5/person, RM3/student (with a valid student card)
Address: 120, Lebuh Armenian, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
6. Sri Mahamariamman Temple
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The oldest Hindu temple in Penang features intricate statues of Hindu deities including the Lord Subramaniam, Durga, and Ganapathy. During festive seasons, like Deepavali or Thaipusam, the temple will be packed with thousands of devotees making offerings.
Address: Lebuh Queen, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
7. Penang Islamic Museum
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The Penang Islamic Museum used to be the home of Syed Mohammad Al-Attas, a Muslim of Achehnese descent who supported Acheh’s struggle against the Dutch in the 19th century. Explore the hard work of Malay leaders in growing and spreading the Islamic religion in Penang and Malaysia. There’s also a beautiful collection of 19th-century furniture and a life-sized diorama of a dock scene.
Admission: RM3/adult and RM1/child (below 12 years of age)
Address: 128, Lebuh Acheh, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
8. St. George’s Church
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The majestic 19th-century St. George’s Church is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. The church features a combination of Neo-Classical, Georgian and English Palladian architecture styles as well as a portico of Doric columns. There’s also a memorial pavilion of Captain Francis Light, the founder of Penang.
Address: 1, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang
9. Jubilee Clock Tower
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Built in 1897 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Jubilee Clock Tower features a Moorish-style architecture with four tiers. Also known as the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, you’re allowed to enter and explore the tower and take photographs. The tower is also within walking distance to Fort Cornwallis.
Address: Persiaran King Edward, Lebuh Light, 10450, George Town, Penang
10. Wat Chaiyamangkalaram
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Wat Chaiyamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple where you can find the gold-plated reclining Buddha measuring 33 metre-long. Also known as the Sleeping Buddha Temple, the temple’s reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the world. Built in 1845, there is also a small Thai village and a Thai cemetery just behind the temple.
Address: Wat Chaiyamangkalaram, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
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