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Things You Must Do in Penang this Chinese New Year

Kek Lok Si Display of Lights
A once a year chance, witness the beautifully lit-up Kek Lok Si temple in Penang this Chinese New Year. The annual lighting display showcases more than 10,000 lights, as well as display of lanters. This year, the display of lights will start on Valentine’s Day till after Chinese New Year.
Date: 14 Feb – 5 Mar 2015
Venue: Kek Lok Si Temple
GPS Coordinates: 5.399753,100.273443
Contact: 04-828 3317
 
Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Come to where the freedom is! Here’s a chance for you to float above the picturesque background of George Town. Tethered rides are open to the public at RM25 per person. Other than the exciting balloon rides, there are many more family-friendly activities that you do not want to miss.
Date: 21 and 22 Feb 2015
Time: 6am – 9pm
Venue: Padang Polo
GPS Coordinates: 5.418208,100.307352
Contact: 04-264 3456

Penangites’ Chinese New Year Celebration 2015
One of the biggest Chinese New Year celebration in Penang, this annual event gives you a chance to enjoy over 100 traditional and local food stalls, exciting street performances, lion dance on stilts, gymnastic performances, fireworks display, dying traditional arts exhibition, and many more. This is also a chance for you to enter more than 20 historical clan houses and temples in George Town for free.
Date: 28 Feb – 1 Mar 2015
Time: 28 Feb, 3pm – 11pm
              1 Mar, 8pm – 10.30pm
Venue: The heritage precinct of George Town
Contact: 016-412 3846, Kwoh Shoo Chen
 
Penang State Chief Minister’s Chinese New Year Open House
Celebrate Chinese New Year with Penang's Chief Minister at sPICE Penang on the first day of Chinese New Year. Here’s also a chance for you to meet actors, actresses and director of the soon-to-release Malaysian produced Chinese New Year movie, My Paparich.
Date: 19 Feb 2015
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: sPICE Penang
GPS Coordinates: 5.328269,100.280483
Contact: 04-650 5696
 
Festival of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong
The Festival of Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong is celebrated on the 6th day of Chinese New Year with a traditional fire watching ceremony, Chinese acrobatics, lion and dragon dances, snake performances, chingay and float exhibitions on the evening before.
Date: 23 Feb 2015
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Snake Temple
GPS Coordinates: 5.314210,100.285208
Contact: 012-433 1918, Mr. Cheah

Hokkien New Year
Witness the Pai Ti Kong Festival at Chew Jetty in Penang. Celebrated on a grand scale by the Hokkien clan, at the stroke of midnight, prayers are performed with much gaiety with offerings of a variety of food and sugarcane stalks to the Jade Emperor God.
Date: 26 Feb 2015
Time: 7pm – 12am
Venue: Chew Jetty
GPS Coordinates: 5.416710,100.330110
Contact: 012-412 6809
 
Chap Goh Meh
Chap Goh Meh, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 15th day of Chinese New Year with the full moon shining down. The Chap Goh Meh celebration in Penang is held at the Penang Esplanade where young ladies will perform the throwing of oranges activity, as well as fireworks display.
Date: 5 Mar 2015
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Venue: Esplanade, Penang
GPS Coordinates: 5.416710,100.330110
Contact: 04-650 5136


Chinese New Year Yee Sang Meal
A Chinese New Year Yee Sang meal is a must during Chinese New Year. It is a traditional dish in Penang, symbolising good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious. Here’s where you can enjoy yee sang in Penang:
CRC Restaurant Penang (Chinese Recreation Club)
Address:
1st Floor, Chinese Recreation Club
3 & 5, Jalan Padang Victoria
GPS Coordinates: 5.424243, 100.318305
Contact: 04-228 9787
 
Perut Rumah
Address:
17, Jalan Kelawai
GPS Coordinates: 5.429965, 100.317586
Contact: 04-227 9917
 
Maple Palace Restaurant
Address:
47, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
GPS Coordinates: 5.425727, 100.323275
Contact: 04-227 9690, 04-227 4542
 
Everyday Supreme
Address:
34, Logan Road
GPS Coordinates: 5.421292, 100.317868
Contact: 04-229 8828
 
Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant
Address:
Lot 207-221 & Lot 231-245
2nd Floor, Penang Plaza
126 Burmah Road
GPS Coordinates: 5.421490, 100.324804
Contact: 04-229 1623