Penang Tourist Attractions
The variety of Penang tourist attractions available means that there is something to appeal to you regardless of your age, gender and taste. Many of the places to visit and things to do are free. This means that you will not need to spend a lot to enjoy what the country has to offer.
The Temple of the Supreme Bliss is one of Penang, Malaysia’s most popular temples. It is home to the massive bronze statue of Kuan Im Goddess. Another drawing card is the Pagoda of Rama VI, which is seven storeys high. This figure has 10,000 alabaster and bronze Buddha statues, which represent the balance between the two main branches of Buddhism. For the most enjoyable visit, it is good to go during the Chinese New Year’s celebration when there are beautiful lanterns hanging from the walls.
There is no entry fee for visiting the temple, although you will need to pay a small fee to enter the pagoda and use the sky lift.
The Snake Temple, Penang
Yes, there are real life snakes in the Snake Temple or the Temple of the Azure Clouds, its other name. This temple will appeal to children especially, but adults will also enjoy visiting it at least once. The constant burning of incense causes the pit viper snakes to become drowsy.
One of the top Penang tourist attractions is the street art that covers the walls in George Town (Georgetown). The creative works of Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic captures the imagination and is a favorite attraction among tourists and locals alike.
The beauty of Zacharevic’s work is the use of objects to create a 3D effect that is different from graffiti. Two of his most popular pieces are “Little Children on a Bicycle” and “Boy on a Chair”. In addition to these paintings, there are metal sculptures that pay tribute to the culture and the people of the area. In fact, the sculptures help to tell the history of the location. You will not want to miss visiting this area.
A fusion of the foods of various Asian nations, Penang food is an experience you will not want to pass up when you visit Malaysia. When it comes to local cuisine, a variety of offerings is available from the hawkers who line the streets selling their wares from street side stalls. The hawkers are one of the most popular Penang tourist attractions in Malaysia. Dishes that you should try if you are in the area include:
• Assam Laksa: This is a dish of noodles and sour fish soup with fresh vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber and onions
• Nasi Kandar: This dish of plain rice or rice is lightly flavoured with spices. This is generally served with curry and various other side dishes.
• Hokkien Mee: This delicious dish is comprised of yellow noodles cooked in orange-yellow prawn stock.
You will also enjoy other great sites in the area such as the Penang War Museum, The Tropical Spice Garden, and Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram (home to the giant reclining Buddha). Many Penang tourist attractions provide great photo opportunities for pictures to keep as a mementos of your visit to this tropical country.
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