Here are the top 32 tourist attractions to see in Penang:

1. Kek Lok Si Temple

1 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Situated on the hilltop at Air Itam near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is one of the largest Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Comprising of monasteries, temples, prayer halls, and gardens, the temple complex is a chief pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from Philippines and Singapore.

2. Khoo Kongsi

1 km
from city center
2 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Khoo Kongsi, also known as Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi is one of the largest clan temple-cum-house of the Hokkien clan. A major attraction in the city, the clan temple complex sits in a granite paved square housing 19th-century rowhouse, a traditional theatre and an authentic association building.

3. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a majestic UNESCO Heritage Site located in Georgetown, Penang (Malaysia). Once the private residence of Cheong Ho, it now serves as a boutique hotel and museum. It is often known as the Blue Mansion because of its distinctive blue-coloured outer walls and external decorations.

4. Batu Ferringhi

4.5 /5

11 km
from city center
4 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Batu Ferringhi is Penang's popular beach destination, home to several five-star hotels and a 4-km stretch of white sandy beaches. The major highlight here is the night market and the varied water sports.

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5. Penang Bird Park

3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
5 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

If you're a lover of birds, visit the Penang Bird Park to spot them all.

6. Penang War Museum

16 km
from city center
6 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Penang War Museum is a former British military fortress which once served as the site for the legendary Battle of Penang against the Japanese army. Situated in Bukit Batu Maung on Penang's southern coast, it now serves as a museum gaining fame as Southeast Asia's largest war museum. It is also dubbed as one of Asia's most haunted sites.

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7. Penang State Museum & Art Gallery

7 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Penang State Museum and Art Gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tucked on the Farquhar Street of George Town. it is considered to be one of Malaysia's best presented and well-maintained museums.

8. Escape Adventureplay

4.3 /5

14 km
from city center
8 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Escape Adventureplay is an adventure theme park at Teluk Bahang in Penang. One of the best adventure park in Malaysia and specialising in zip-lining and other jungle activities, it has become a favourite among outdoors adventure seekers.

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9. Made in Penang Interactive Museum

9 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Made in Penang Interactive Museum is a trick art museum with a vast collection of 3D art and murals to bring life to creativity. This two-storey museum features works of local Penangite artists that describes the spirit of Penang via its wall canvases, miniature dioramas and 3D interactive trick arts.

10. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

10 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Entopia Butterfly Farm located in Teluk Bahang is the country’s largest butterfly garden-cum-farm with over 15, 000 species of butterflies. The park is also adorned with over 200 different unique styles of ornate waterfalls, ponds and caves to add to the aesthetics of this magnificent butterfly farm.

11. Penang Tropical Spice Garden

13 km
from city center
11 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located at Jalan Teluk Bahang, Penang Tropical Spice Garden is an 8-acre bio-diverse living museum showcasing over 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora and fauna from around the world. It has been recognized as one of the best flower gardens in Malaysia.

12. Penang National Park

4.2 /5

17 km
from city center
12 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Spread over an area of 23 square kilometres, Penang National Park is Malaysia's smallest national park. Locally known as Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, it houses a seasonal meromictic lake, lovely pristine beaches, lowland dipterocarp forests and mangrove forests.

13. Clan Jetties of Penang

1 km
from city center
13 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Clan Jetties of Penang is a traditional overwater settlement that has been created by Chinese immigrants who came to Malaysia. The six villages house distinct Chinese clans, the Chew Jetty being the most tourist-friendly and famous.

14. Penang Tropical Fruit Farm

14 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Conserving the rare and exotic species of trees is the Tropical Fruit Farm on the hilly terrain of Jalan Teluk Bahang. Spread over 25 acres of land, the orchard is home to around 250 types of tropical and subtropical fruits with fruits from all over the world.

15. Penang Hill

3.7 /5

7 km
from city center
15 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

If you want to view all of Penang from a great height, don't miss out on Penang Hill, also known as Bukit Bendera, Penang's first hill station.

16. Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

3 km
from city center
16 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Formerly known as Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple, the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple is one of the oldest Burmese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. It is famed for housing the huge marble Buddha statue and a 200 years old well.

17. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

1 km
from city center
17 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion, also known as the Babas and Nonyas, is a two-storey treasure trove of historical antiques and artefacts, making it one of the most unique museums of Malaysia. The iconic green-hued mansion is dedicated to Penang's Peranakan heritage.

18. Penang Botanic Gardens

5 km
from city center
18 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Penang Botanic Gardens, also called the Waterfall Gardens, is located on the Jalan Air Terjun Road in George Town. The landscaped gardens is popular for housing the indigenous and exotic plant species.

19. Penang Snake Temple

13 km
from city center
19 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Penang Snake Temple, earlier known as Temple of the Azure Cloud, is a Chinese temple built in remembrance of Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist prist and healer. Located in Bayan Lepas in the Southwest Penang, this magical temple is one of the few places where one can get close to the venomous snakes and live to tell the tale.

20. Fort Cornwallis Penang

1 km
from city center
20 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Fort Cornwallis (Kota Cornwallis in Malay) is one of the most important structures in George Town, Penang. It is the largest intact standing fort in Malaysia which was built for defending Penang from pirate attacks.

21. Street Of Harmony

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
21 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located in George Town, the Street of Harmony is one of the oldest streets in Penang, representing the confluence of different cultures. The street houses four different places of worship - a church (St. George’s Church), a Taoist temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple), a Hindu Temple (Sri Mariamman Temple) and a mosque (Kapitan Keling Mosque).

22. Wat Chayamangkalaram

3 km
from city center
22 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Wat Chayamangkalaram, located in the Pulau Tikus of George Town, is a Thai Buddhist temple. Also known as Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple it is famous for housing one of the world's longest reclining Buddha statue.

23. Jerejak Island

11 km
from city center
23 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Set between Penang main Island and Seberang Perai, Jerejak Island is a stunning tropical island. The highlight being the holiday resort by the same name, Jerejak Island is rich with flora, fauna and history.

24. Kapitan Keling Mosque

0 km
from city center
24 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Standing with the pious spirit and magnificent architecture since the 19th century, Kapitan Keling Mosque is a beautiful place of worship at the Jalan Buckingham, George Town. The largest mosque in the city, it is part of the World Heritage Site of George Town.

25. Penang Floating Mosque

8 km
from city center
25 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located at Tanjung Bungah Road, Masjid Terapung Pulau Penang, popularly known as the Floating Mosque, is a famous landmark and the first mosque in Malaysia built on the sea. During high tide, the mosque appears to be actually floating when someone gazes at the sea.

26. City Hall

1 km
from city center
26 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located along Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Penang City Hall, also referred to as Dewan Bandaraya Pulau Penang, is a colonial building and the head office of the Municipal Council of Penang Island. The City Hall is a must visit only to witness the colonial architecture and incredible views.

27. Adventure Zone Theme Park

27 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Located at Batu Ferringhi Beach in Golden Sands Resort, Adventure Zone Theme Park is an entertainment venue for families which has been designed especially for children. Built in 10,300 sq. feet, it offers different activities including game zones, drop slides, modular play equipments and kids club.

28. St. George’s Church Penang

1 km
from city center
28 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

St. George’s Church is an Anglican church located on Farquhar Street in George Town. The 200-year-old shrine is the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia and also one of the oldest buildings in Penang. The main highlight of St George Church is its recently inaugurated heritage centre.

29. Second Penang Bridge

16 km
from city center
29 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Second Penang Bridge, also known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, joins the mainland and the Penang Island from Seberang Perai all the way up till Gelugar. It stretches across an impressive length of 24 km making it the longest bridge in the Southeast Asian region.

30. Penang Bird Park

7 km
from city center
30 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The beautifully-landscaped Penang Bird Park is located in Seberang Jaya and is the first and the largest bird park in Malaysia. It is home to over 300 species of birds, ranging from several species indigenous to the nurturing tropical ecosystem of Malaysia to other exotic species from all over the world.

31. Little India Penang

1 km
from city center
31 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

Little India is a small piece of the country spread across four streets in Penang. The neighborhood captures the essence of India in its streets and is famous for its mouth watering food, streets filled with pizzazz from Bollywood songs and the shops lined up selling wares from sarees to spices.

32. Kuan Yin Temple

1 km
from city center
32 out of 32
places to visit in Penang

The Kuan Yin Temple in Georgetown is devoted to the Goddess of Mercy and is one of the main centres of worship for the Chinese Taoists in the city. Also known as Kuan Yin Teng, it is also home to the worship of Ma Chor Ooh, the patron saint of seafarers.

FAQs on Penang

What are the top sightseeing places in Penang?

The top sightseeing places in Penang are Kek Lok Si Temple, Khoo Kongsi, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Batu Ferringhi , Penang Bird Park, Penang War Museum.

How much does a package cost for Penang?

The packages for Penang start at INR 24160 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Penang?

There are 1012 Hotels in Penang which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Penang are Penang Island Holiday Home, Mansion One Condominium, VAR, MY CHINAMAN'S HOME II, The Landmark, Sea View Vacation Home Gurney Drive for 4-6 Pax, Seaview Suites @ Gurney. You can see all the hotels in Penang here

What are the top activities in Penang?

The top activities in Penang are [Klook Exclusive] Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm, Dark Mansion Museum, THE TOP Komtar Penang, ESCAPE Theme Park in Penang, Penang 3D Trick Art Museum Admission Ticket, The Habitat Penang Hill Admission Ticket.

How can I commute within Penang?

Penang has a very efficient transport system in place. Taxis, trishaws and buses are most commonly used here to get around. Taxis are not metered in this city, so you will have to fix up a price with the driver before you get in. Buses also have a lot of routes. These buses contain machines that you can use to pay for your ride. There is a free shuttle bus that includes a total of 19 stops, taking you around all the important places in Penang. This free bus service is available right from 18:00 to midnight. Trishaws are three-wheeled vehicles which are yet another commonly used mode of transport. However, as the city has modernized, you will not find them as easily available as they once were. Trishaws are popularly scattered around George Town, next to hotels. These trishaws are also not metered, so the price has to be fixed beforehand. You could also rent a car from one of the several agencies or a bike from Batu Ferringhi, to explore the city.
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