One of the main attractions of Penang, the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is a Chinese clan temple. Highly elaborate and ornately decorated, this temple is a stunning work of art. Better yet, every last Saturday of the month the Khoo Kongsi hosts cultural performances that provide an enriching cultural experience.
Also known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the Blue Mansion is a distinctive building in George Town with 38 rooms, 220 windows and a unique indigo exterior. It's a picture-perfect place with Chinese architecture that embodies the principles of Feng Shui. Guided tours encompass the history of the mansion and the rags-to-riches story of Cheong Fatt Tze.
Malaysia's smallest national park packs in a lot of fun with exciting jungle walks, fishing opportunities and idyllic beaches. Take one of two main trekking trails and head into the palm thickets and journey up hilltops with panoramic views. Highlights include a meromictic lake, layered with salt and fresh water that doesn't mix, and meeting the monkeys of Monkey Beach.
Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. It's an impressive sight with vivid colours, rich architecture and a seven-storey pagoda lined with 10,000 statues of Buddha made from alabaster and bronze. There's also a beautiful bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, which stands 120 feet tall.
Take a funicular to the top of Penang Hill over 2,700 feet above sea level and enjoy stunning views of George Town and the Malaysian mainland. Take time to visit the attractions, like the Penang Hill Mosque and the Hindu temple, and trek through the wilds on one of several well marked jungle trails.