Known as the 'Pearl of the Orient', it is one of the most vivacious Malaysian cities. If you are visiting Penang, then, be ready to be rapt by the amazing settings as you get to witness the Eastern traditions merge tunefully with Western modernity. This amazing blend of cultures and lifestyle creates an enlivening tapestry about the city. You will be amazed by the amount of beauty that the place is surrounded with.
This island, today, is known for its enjoyable hawker fare and its tracks of heritage buildings and walkway. Among numerous well-known historical locations, the Fort Cornwallis, is the most prominent one. It is today, the biggest and most integral fort found in Malaysia. Fort Cornwallis history dates back to the time when Sir Captain Francis Light from the British East India Company, first landed on the island with his crew in the year 1786. You will be surprised to know that though, the purpose of the fort was to hold back and guard attacks from enemy invasions; however, no fights ever occurred all through the headship of the British company at the fort. In the end, it was used more for organizational and storage base than a battle ground. No matter, which of the Penang hotels you choose to stay, they will make arrangements for you to visit this splendid place.
The island is well-known for its temples. And, two must visit temples when here are Kek Lok Si Temple and the Snake Temple. The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang. You will be amazed to witness the Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals, which perfectly blend to give the temple a fantastic architecture and splendid artwork. If you get a chance to visit it after the Chinese New Year, then, would be lucky to witness the breathtaking sight when the Temple is dazzlingly illuminated for 33 nights.
The other must visit temple; The Snake Temple, witnesses thousands of devotees all through the year. The picture inside the temple and outside is of celebration. There are many stalls selling souvenirs and other items, and the temple hall jam packed with devotees and visitors. On your visit to the temple, you will see that devotees from across the world, visit it and offer candles, incense and eggs (for the snakes).A 600 pound bell made in China during the Manchurian Dynasty (1886), which hangs in the main hall is bound to catch your attention. It is rung on the 1st and 15th days of every month of the Chinese calendar to invite the denizens of heaven and hell to pray.
Along with visiting all these and resting in any of your choice of Penang hotels, make sure you take out time and enjoy a ride on Ferry. These iconic ferries ply between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang Island, transporting both passengers and vehicles to and from the island. This fifteen minute ferry ride will let you enjoy the spectacular view of the entire island.
When there is so much, there is no need for you to not plan a holiday in this splendid land. So, plan a vacation and get set go!
Get charmed by the diversity that Penang offers