Penang Island also known as Penang or Pulau Pinang or Pulau
Mutiara was established by Sir Francis Light in 1786 as the
first British trading post in the Far East. Sir Francis Light
had persuaded the Sultan of Kedah to cede Pulau Pinang to the
British in exchange for military assistance. Through negotiation
with The Sultan of Kedah Sir Francis Light managed to add additional
territory on the adjoining mainland coast, Province Wellesly
or it is now commonly known as Butterworth.
Their primary interest in Penang was that it serve as a safe
stopover for British ships plying the far more profitable China
When Sir Francis Light landed, on the site of the present Esplanade
or Padang Kota as it is known locally, Penang was virtually
uninhabited and covered in dense vegetation. Fort Cornwallis
was built on the site of Sir Francis Light's historic landing
In order to induce his sepoy forces and the locals to clear
the jungle on the island, Light allegedly loaded cannons with
gold coins and fired into the jungle on this tropical Island.
Before long, sufficient land had been cleared for settlement,
and traders and merchants began to arrive. Within a few decades,
this tropical island had attracted more than thousands of settlers
and traders, including Sumatrans, Indians, Arabs and especially
Penang was soon established as a major trading port for tea,
spices, china, and cloth.
Penang is today a bustling city with a unique blend of the East
and West. This is reflected in its heritage buildings as well
as in the lifestyles, food and custom of the local people. Georgetown,
named after King George III of England, is the seat of the state's
administration as well as the centre for commerce, education,
social activities and entertainment.
What makes Penang Island really tick is the vibrant and intriguing
city of Georgetown, on the island's north-eastern coast. This
city has more Chinese flavour than either Singapore or Hong
Kong, you could be forgiven for thinking that the clock stopped
at least 50 years ago. Georgetown is a compact city and it's
a delight to wander around. Set off in any direction and you're
certain to see beautiful old Chinese houses, vegetable markets,
temples, ceremonies, trishaws, mahjong games and all the other
characteristic of Asian street life.
Penang too is a pleasant shopping centre. Its
shopping facilities ranging from modern complexes to roadside
stalls and the 'pasar malam', night markets, offer an almost
endless range of products. The main shopping centres are along
Penang Road, Burmah Road and Campbell Street in the city.
One of the more prominent shopping complexes on the island is
Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) on Penang Road; it has over
PLACES OF INTEREST
According to local folklore, the Snake Temple, dedicated to
a Buddhist healer-priest, was inhabited by snakes which crawled
out of the jungle on the night of the temple's completion. The
snakes are still there today. The Kek Lok Si Temple, at Air
Itam, is reputed to be the most beautiful and largest temple
complex in Southeast Asia. Its seven-story pagoda, over 90 feet
high, is a harmonious blend of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architecture
and craftsmanship. Other worthwhile stops are the delightful
Penang Bird Park, sited in Seberang Jaya on the mainland. It
housed over 400 species of birds from all over the world. The
park also contains a wide variety of orchids and hibiscus. Next,
the romantic peak of Penang Hill, a popular refuges from the
heat of the low-lying city. It is accessible by cabled train.
From the summit of Penang Hill one will be view the panoramic
Fort Cornwallis, the site of Sir Francis Light's
first historic landing on Penang Island. This fort is sited
at Padang Kota.
The Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, crisscrossed with beautiful
trails leading to isolated beaches. A trek through the reserve's
interior reveals rare flora, monkeys chattering in the trees,
sea eagles , and maybe a glimpse of a Hawksbill turtle heading
for the sea.
Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, located at Bukit
Jambul, feature Orchid and Hibiscus Garden and a Reptile Farm.
Attractions include an ornamental Japanese pond, a cacti garden,
a pottery corner, a deer park, and cascades.
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Park, located approximately
18 km from Butterworth ferry terminal, this park covers a wide
area of hilly terrain that ascends several hundred meters above
sea level. Its cool hill air encourages a profusion of ferns,
ephiphytes and wild flowers, as well as exotic butterflies,
birds and insects. For the adventurous, there are numerous jungle
tracks leading to the heart of the forest.
Butterfly Farm, located at Teluk Bahang, the Butterfly
Farm has hundreds of species of butterflies and insects.
Botanical Garden, offer peace and tranquility amidst
lush green surroundings, tropical plants, and the vibrant colors
of Penang's flora.
Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, a Buddhist temple
of Thai architecture houses a magnificent gold-plated reclining
Buddha that is said to be the third largest in the world. The
niches behind the statue house urns containing the ashes of
St George's Church, a stately Anglican colonial
church is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The entrance
features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Sir Francis
Light, who is buried in the adjoining ceremony.
Sri Mariamman Temple, built in the late nineteenth
century, features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses.
Penang Museum and Art Gallery, located at Lebuh Farquhar,
the Penang Museum and Art Gallery houses old photographs, maps,
charts and historical relics. It was built in 1821 and was formerly
the Penang Free School.
Khoo Kongsi, the wave of Chinese immigration
to Penang during the nineteenth century gave rise to the formation
of clan formations, or kongsi, which served as surrogate kinship
and professional associations for immigrants who had left behind
family and friends.
Carpenters' Guild, located at 70 Lorong Love,
The Carpenters' Guild temple, or Loo Pun Hong, is dedicated
to Lo Pan, patron deity of carpenters and other building artisans.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, located at Lebuh Leith,
Cheong Fatt Tze was the Hakka name of the powerful Nanyang industrialist
who was also a Mandarin of the Highest Order in the goverment
of China. His importance was acknowledged by flags flown at
half-mast by Dutch and British Goverments when he died.
Kuan Yin Teng Temple, located in the centre
of the old part of Georgetown is nowhere near as impressive,
but it's one of the most popular temples in the city.
Accommodation facilities available for the state of Penang or
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia includes Mutiara Beach Resort Ferringhi
Penang, Crown Prince Hotel Penang, Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel
Penang, Naza Hotel Tanjung Tokong Penang, Ferringhi Beach Hotel
Penang, Casuarina Beach Resort Penang and Sri Sayang Resort
GETTING TO PENANG
The island is linked to the mainland by the Penang Bridge or
Jambatan Pulau Pinang, which is 13.5 km long and it is the longest
bridge in Asia. A toll of RM7.00 is collected at the Penang
Bridge toll plaza.
However, if you prefer the old world charm of traveling in the
famous 24-hour ferry service, the service still exists. The
ferry leaves from Butterworth and tickets can be purchased there.
Ferry fare-Adults: 40 sen, Children: 20 sen. For cars below
1200cc the rate is RM4; RM5 for cars 1200cc- 1600cc and cars
above 1600cc pay RM6. Penang's Bayan Lepas International Airport
is about 20 km from Georgetown, its capital. If you wish to
travel by train, the Railway Station is on the mainland, located
at Butterworth, Seberang Prai.
Malaysia Airlines has multiple daily flights
from KLIA and Subang to the Penang International Airport. The
Expressway passes through Penang with interchanges at Jawi,
Bukit Tambun, Bukit Tengah, Butterworth & Sungai Dua. It is
roughly a 4 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Use the Ferry or the
Penang Bridge to get to the Island. PLUSLiner
operates daily Interstate Coaches from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
or the Island. KTMB
operates Senandung Langkawi and Express Rakyat
daily rail service from KL Sentral.
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