Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Welcome To Penang
Penang Travel Spots & Tourist Attractions
Want to find out the most fascinating Penang travel spots and tourist attractions? Sure! Always a pleasure to share with you. Let me be your travel guide to Penang for the next few minutes (hopefully this will extend to a few hours in the future as I work to continuously update this page with the latest happenings covering everything about Penang!). But before that, let me just share with you some background information about this beautiful state called Penang.
Penang (also known as Pulau Pinang in the Malay language) is a state located on the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Situated in the Straits of Malacca, it is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis. The capital of Penang, George Town, is the third largest city in Malaysia and has a population exceeding 1.47 million people. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite.
Penang is also known as "The Pearl of the Orient" and is famous for its traditions and customs that have been passed down through many many generations. From traditional villas to the simple yet elegant shop-houses of the yesteryears, the state is rich with its architectural heritage.
The following are some of the most fascinating Penang travel spots and tourist attractions I will be sharing with you. I will give you a brief introduction to these travel spots but will not go into the details of it.
The reason is because there are simply too many fascinating travel spots in Penang to cover in detail on this one page. However, I will start (and continuously update) a section specially dedicated to these fascinating tourist attractions. That's where I'll provide you with all the details of those beautiful places.
So, hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy reading this short introduction to some beautiful Penang Travel Spots.
The most prominent landmark in Penang is the Penang Bridge. It is the fourth longest bridge in the world, stretching over 13.5km.
This impressive structure which stands magnificently across the glittering, blue sea links the Penang Island with the peninsular.
When you look at it from a distance, you can't help but feel a sense of awe for this magnificent structure. The beauty and splendor of this bridge is simply Amazing. I have only 2 words to describe this bridge...Truly Fascinating!
Penang is home to some of Malaysia's most beautiful temples. Among them are the Kek Lok Si Temple, the Reclining Buddha (Wat Chaiyamangkalaran Temple, the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple and the Tua Pek Kong Temple.
Of all the temples mentioned, the one that I personally like most is the Kek Lok Si Temple. This temple is Malaysia's largest Chinese Buddhist Temple. It is also one of the largest and the grandest Buddhist Temple in South East Asia. The thing that truly captivated me was the 7-storey, 30 meter tall pagoda found here. Inside the pagoda are 10,000 Buddha images and because of that, this temple is also known as the "Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas".
The climb up to the top of the pagoda can be quite tiring, but it 's definitely worth it as you would be able to capture the splendid panoramic view of Penang.
Another tourist attraction in Penang worth seeing is the Fort Cornwallis. This was the place where Francis Light first set foot on when he arrived at Penang Island in the year 1786. An interesting artifact of the fort is an old Dutch cannon, called the Seri Rambai.
Made in 1603, locals believe it possesses magical powers. It is said that by placing flowers in the barrel of the cannon and by offering special prayers, infertile women would be able conceive. How true this is, I do not know. But it's definitely worth giving it a try if you're trying to conceive!
Besides being a popular tourist destination, Penang is also a food haven! You can find a great variety of food in Penang. It is often said that Penangites don't eat to live, but live to eat! Hawker stalls, of which Penang is famous for, can be found almost anywhere on the island.
Locals delicacies such as the Penang Char Kueh Teow, Penang Asam Laksa, Rojak and Lok-lok are definitely "Must-Trys" when you're in Penang.
There are just too many amazing Penang Travel spots to cover, it's almost impossible to cover all of them in detail on this one page. But as I promised you earlier, I will start and continuously update a special section dedicated to the best Penang travel destinations very soon.
Hope you check back often!
If you have already decided to visit Penang, you would definitely need a map to make your traveling easier. Please Click Here for the "Penang Travel" map and Click here for the "Penang-Georgetown Travel" map (requires pdf reader).
If you don't want to go through the hassles of painstakingly planning your visit to Penang, you could actually join the Penang City Tour. This would definitely save you the trouble of planning your trip. All you need to do is join the tour, sit back, relax and enjoy your hassle-free sight-seeing experience.