Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Top 10 things to see in Penang

Soak in the sun, dwell in the serenity of pristine beaches, walk along lush tropical green forests, get truly immersed in sights and sounds of Penang. Be it ornately designed temples or heritage buildings, Penang will give you a glimpse into a world where nature, tradition and history blend into a rich cultural tapestry.So if you’re in Penang, here are the top ten sights you can’t give a miss.

1. Charms of heritage buildings: Get enamoured by unique charms of eclectic architecture of the colonial past. A must visit: George Town.

2. Thee Kong Tua (Jade Emperor’s Temple): Want to revel in the glories of Penang? Have an intimate conversation with the supreme ruler of heaven, Thee Kong. This 140 year old temple is a must see for all.

3. Penang Hill: Originally known as Strawberry Hill, be a witness to some of the grandest colonial mansions. Enjoy the cool refreshing air and a bird’s eye view of the beautiful island.

4. Kek Lok Si Temple: Wish to go into a fairyland trance? Welcome to the Kek Lok Si. Flock to the temple during the Chinese New Year. Be amazed by a glitterati of a million lights to mark the celebration. Sounds festive? See it for yourself.


5. Reclining Buddha: Gaze in awe at the wonder of the Thai Buddhist monk. Catch a glimpse of the 33 meter gold plated reclining Buddha with dragons, mythical serpents, elaborately decorated shrines of all shapes and sizes.

6. National Park: Wish you’d done a million exciting things? Welcome aboard, you’re home to a truckload of activities. Go trekking, swimming, boat riding at Penang’s National Park. Also if you’re here don’t forget to visit the old Lighthouse built in 1883. Impressive?

7. Toy Museum: Hey Kiddies, hop, skip and jump to the Penang Toy Museum in Tanjung Bunga. With over 100,000 toys, dolls, models, life sized heroes become a kid all over again!

8. Tropical Spice Garden: Want to see paradise on earth? Wait to be greeted by lush green foliages, exotic ferns and flowering plants, the garden’s café is an ideal setting for a lazy afternoon. Watch more than 500 varieties of flora from Malaysia and other regions.

9. Snake Temple: Be astounded by the Chor Soo Kong Temple. Guarded by green Wagler Pitt Vipers to protect the deity, this temple surely makes for an interesting visit.
 
10.Butterfly Farm: Come home to one of Penang’s most visited eco tourism gems, the tropical butterfly farm in Teluk Bahang. Watch a riot of winged beauties fluttering around, some gently nestling on your shoulders. Idyllic?


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