The city itself may be limited in size, but that does not mean there is a lack of attractions in Penang. This thriving Malaysian city is where you will find a host of activities to do and sights to see, all of which live up to the country’s promise of an experience that is truly Asia.
Preserving a Unique History and Culture
Most people looking up things to do in Penang- often wonder how the capital ended up with a name like George Town, a far cry from the Malay names all around. If this is a question you’d like answered, then a tour of the historical attractions in Penang is in order.
Get your day started at Fort Cornwallis, Malaysia’s oldest and largest-standing fort. This historical treasure is unique in the sense that despite the cannons and other weaponry all around, the fort is one that never actually saw battle in its history of over 200 years. Shaped like a star and with walls rising over ten feet, Fort Cornwallis once served as the home base of the British East India Company and is now one of the top attractions in Penang.
Next on the list of things to do in Penang is a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple, which is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in all of Southeast Asia. It might not be immediately noticeable at first glance, but the structure actually consists of three tiers, each featuring a distinct architectural style. The first tier of the pagoda shows off a significantly Chinese style, while the middle tier is representative of a style that is unique to Thailand. The uppermost tier, on the other hand, features a style prominently used in Burmese pagodas. The three tiers combined form a commanding structure best described as ‘truly Asian’.
Penang – A Foodie’s Paradise
There are lots of things to do in Penang, but if you only have time for just one, then a gastronomic trip is in order—there’s just no content. Not many people are aware of this little fact, but Penang is the official food capital of Malaysia. It is the one city where you can sample all the best dishes that the country has to offer.
Start your food tour at Gurney Drive, one of Malaysia’s most popular seafront promenades. It is here where you will find Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, or Pusat Penjaja Anjung Gurney. Be warned that there will be many food stalls to choose from, so check out where the lines are longest. Chances are that is where you will find favorites like Char Koay Teow, Hokien Mee, and Mee Goreng.
Once you have had your fill of all the best cuisine Penang has to offer, go on a stroll by the bay or maybe visit the Penang Botanic Gardens to walk off all that you just had to eat.
With all the choices available, you will never find yourself wondering what to do in Penang. Let Travease help you put together an itinerary that will take you through the essentials and more.