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The tourist attraction of the pearl of the orient, Penang

Updated on May 27, 2012

The tourist attractions of Penang

Penang is my hometown, when mention about Penang and many images come to the mind – a paradise island, a multi-racial, multi-cultured civilization, a haven for tourists, pearl of the orient. Let me introduce to you the delights of this tiny island in the sun.

Every year, Penang is visited by millions of tourists from all over the world. The biggest attraction for them is the peace and quiet of Penang. The slow-paced life style makes it the ideal place to be in, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, protected from the hassle and stress of modern living. Those who have visited Penang before would come back to relive the good times they had.

This island resort is packed with places of interest, some natural, others man-made. Among them, one of the best known places is the unique Snake Temple. Visitors to this temple get the chance to handle and to have their pictures taken with the poisonous vipers. “Though the vipers” fangs are not removed, it is quite safe to caress them because the incense in the temple makes them inactive. Of course, another mystical explanation is that they are actually deities and therefore will not harm those who handle them.

Another temple worth visiting is the Kek Lok Si Temple. It has nothing to do with creepy crawlies like snakes. It is a series of smaller shrines connected to a 20 storey cone shaped tower. In it are stored hundreds of Buddha statues, each unique in its shape, size and posture. Many tourists have acclaimed the tower’s unique architecture, considered one of the finest in the world. If India has its Taj Mahal, Kampuchea its Angkor Wat, Penang proudly exhibits its Pagoda.

If wants to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Georgetown, the capital of Penang State, one can take a ride in the funicular railway coach or even hike up Penang Hill. The train ride up in the funicular railway coach is also an experience not easily available in the world. When reaches the summit, will understand the cliché “at peace with nature”. Tranquility and uncontaminated air are the main attractions here, 2 items not easily available in today’s polluted and stressful world.

Butterfly Farm is also a worthwhile place to visit. It claims to be the largest butterfly farm in the world and has a wide range of butterfly collection and some species of scorpions. Whoever goes there will surely be fascinated by the graceful dances of the butterflies.
The Botanical Garden is the home of Malaysia’s tropical flora. But it is also inhabited by mischievous monkeys which roam about freely in the area offer a respite from the boredom of daily strife. By watching their antics we are amused and able to laugh aloud again.

Of all the tourist attraction of Penang, the most frequently praised are the sandy beaches that fringe the island. The beaches stretch for miles and miles and the most frequented one is the Batu Ferringhi Beach. Holiday makes, especially Europeans and Americans, like to be tanned under the warning rays of the sun. For those who like organized activities, there are ample facilities for swimming, surfing and water skiing. Water sport enthusiasts can frolic in the sun and the sea, free from fear of sharks, stone fish or stinging jelly fish. The waters are not only crystal clear but safe. Along the beautiful coastline are built large and posh hotels which offer 5 star services at very reasonable rates. Seafood restaurants abound and thus fresh and delicious seafood is available easily and cheaply.

For the marvels of man-made structures, Penang can offer one of the tallest buildings in South East Asia, the Komtar Complex.

The Penang Bridge is an equally great work of engineering. It joins up Peninsular Malaysia with Penang Island stretching 13.5km across the North Channel; it is also the third longest bridge in the world. Without seeing for himself these marvelous attractions, a tourist would never learn to love Penang.

Enjoy your tour to Penang.


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      7 years ago from Asia Pacific Regions

      will help, if I can..

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for your support, i will send more interesting articles.

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      7 years ago from Asia Pacific Regions

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