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Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is linked to the mainland by Asia's longest bridge. Elegant colonial buildings line the streets of Georgetown, its capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's famed for its bewildering array of mouth-watering food.

1. Gurney Drive (al-fresco street food)

Offering al-fresco street food, Gurney Drive is the centre of most of Penang's best eats. You'll be hard pressed to stop at just one dish at this highly popular food haunt.

Gurney Drive

2. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Built in the 1880s, this illustrious mansion was built by Cheong Fatt Tze. A courtyard house with 38 rooms, it is notable for its superb Feng Shui layout. In 2000, the mansion was declared the 'most excellent project' for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

3. Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si, or the Temple of Supreme Bliss sits atop a hill, towering over the town of Ayer Itam. It is considered Southeast Asia's finest, and biggest, Buddhist Temple complex, and it took 20 years to build. During Chinese New Year, the temple is beautifully lit for 33 consecutive days.

Kek Lok Si Temple

4. Batu Feringghi Beach

Amongst Penang's top destinations, Batu Ferringhi consists of long stretches of pristine white beaches. A host of dining and resort hotels are available, and the night market considered legendary.

Batu Feringghi Beach

5. Fort Cornwallis

East India Company's first military and administrative base in Malaya. It was originally a wooden stockade built in 1786 at the site where Sir Francis Light landed in Penang. The famous Dutch cannon, gifted to the Sultan of Johor, can be found here.

Fort Cornwallis

6. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Built at the end of the 19th century, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is representative of the lifestyle of affluent Penang Baba Nonya (Straits Chinese). It features Chinese carved wood panels, English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. On display are their traditional dress and accessories, alongside artworks from China and Europe.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

7. War Museum

Located in Batu Maung, the War Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia's largest at 20 acres. The museum brings to life the lives of British soldiers and their Asian counterparts through set pieces, displays and actual war architecture.

War Museum

8. Nightlife at Upper Road, Georgetown

More commonly known as UPR, this is one of Penang's liveliest districts. Within the precinct are a host of clubs, cafes, shops, heritage treasures and hotels. These provide a diversity of experiences and services to the UPR visitor from morning to night.

Nightlife at Upper Road, Georgetown

9. George Town

The first British Straits Settlement, George Town is Penang's very own capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a 200 year old heritage, George Town has a unique culture and architectural wonders rarely found elsewhere in Southeast Asia.


10. Bukit Bendera

Also known as Penang Hill, this place offers locals and visitors alike a respite from heat of lower grounds. The top of the hill is accessible by foot, 4WD or funicular train. Penang Hill also hosts lots of other activities, from business event venues at the Railway Bungalow to canopy walks over treetops, among other activities.