CULTURE & HERITAGE
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Here are Penang’s must-try food, quirky cafes, brand-new attractions and exciting parks all in a convenient list format to keep handy while travelling.


Located at Lee Jetty, Penang Cycle Bay offers bicycle rentals daily. The rental begins from RM12 per bicycle on weekdays and RM15 per bicycle on weekends.
Address: Lee Jetty Weld Quay, George Town, 10300, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Forestry Museum or Muzium Perhutanan Pulau Pinang, is a museum that was set up to generate greater appreciation among the general public for the rainforest in Penang. Constructed in 1976 and first opened to the public in 1983, the museum covers a 700 sq meter site. It was constructed using various types of wood. The main exhibition hall is supported by the trunk of a single forest tree. Penang Forestry Museum has exhibits showcasing the different types of wood and wood products. There are eight dioramas showing the different types of forest including the mangrove swamp forest, swamp forest, coastal hill forest, lowland dipterocarp forest, hill dipterocarp forest, upper hill dipterocarp forest, montane oak forest and montane ericaceous forest. The museum is really geared towards educating children and school students. Due to its proximity with the Batu Ferringhi tourist belt, it receives a small stream of tourists.
Address: Museum Perhutanan Hutan Lipur Teluk Bahang Taman Rimba, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Fun-Filled Wax Museum has over fifty life-size wax models of celebrities, ranging from artistes to politicians to royalties. Among the wax characters on displays are Mr Bean, Hugh Jackman, Queen Elizabeth II, Jackie Chan, Teresa Tang, President Obama, Pablo Picasso and Steve Jobs.
Address: M Mall 020 Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town, 10150, Penang, MALAYSIA
The Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) was established in 1986 as a charitable NGO, dedicated to promoting Penang's cultural and built heritage. Its objectives are to promote the conservation of Penang's heritage, to facilitate cultural educational programmes, to organize public awareness programmes and to cooperate with other like-minded organizations in Malaysia and abroad.
Address: 26, Church Street, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Ascend Penang Hill, 720-metre above sea level by means of funicular train. Enjoy the bird's eye view (usually clearer in the afternoon) of George Town and feel the cool and refreshing air at the summit. Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia'a largest Buddhist temple. Marvel at the 30-metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the 7-tier 'Thousand-Buddha Pagoda' and the 'Pond of Longevity'. Duration of tour: 3.5 hours
Ascend Penang Hill, 720-metre above sea level by means of funicular train. Enjoy the bird's eye view (usually clearer in the afternoon) of George Town and feel the cool and refreshing air at the summit. Another highlight is Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia'a largest Buddhist temple. Marvel at the 30-metre high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, the 7-tier 'Thousand-Buddha Pagoda' and the 'Pond of Longevity'. Duration of tour: 3.5 hours
Address: Penang, MALAYSIA
Led by Peranakan food maestro Pearly Kee, learn to prepare Nyonya homecooking dishes such as Nyonya stir fried pork, nasi sambal fried rice, pineapple sweet curry and more.
Address: 85 Taman Berjaya, Pulau Tikus, 10350, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang Islamic Museum is known as the Syed Alatas Mansion. It displays the history of Islam in Malaysia through a number of 19th-century antiques.
Address: 128, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
Penang State Mosque was constructed in the 1970s with Western Modernist and Malay influences in its design. The mosque itself accommodates 5,000 worshippers.
Address: Jalan Air Itam, Ayer Itam, 11700, Penang, MALAYSIA
In 1962, action was taken by the State Government to secure a suitable place to house the state museum and art gallery. The acquisition of the present building, which once housed the Penang Free School (1821 – 1927) and then the Hutchings School (1928 – 1960) was inspired by the late Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj (Malaysia's Prime Minister) who wished to preserve this dignified old building where he and many leading citizens had been pupils. On 10 July 1963, the State Government formed the first Committee comprising officers and representatives of various interests under the chairmanship of the State Secretary, Encik Abu Hassan Abdullah, to discuss the setting up of a Museum & Art Gallery. The outcome was the formation of a Working Committee under Miss Nicol-Smith, Senior Lecturer in English at Malayan Teachers’ college and who have had some experience as a Museum Curator before. After three meetings, this Working Committee presented on 29 Oct 1963, recommendations to the State Government which accepted in toto on 24 Feb 1964, the setting up of a Museum and Art Gallery proper. - Text from Penang State Museum official website
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200, Penang, MALAYSIA
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