What to do: Penang

What to do: Penang

On this page: Sights and activities in and around Penang
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We have 32 sights and attractions listed for Penang.

Hiking, walking tours and itineraries


How long should you spend on Penang?
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Penang’s UNESCO Heritage Zone Walking Tour
Penang’s UNESCO Heritage Zone Walking Tour

History, culture, sights and smells

Temples


Khoo Kongsi
Khoo Kongsi

The pride of Penang

Kek Lok Si
Kek Lok Si

Impressive Buddhist complex

Cheah Kongsi
Cheah Kongsi

Penang’s oldest Hokkien Kongsi

Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple

One of Penang’s oldest sites

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Penang’s oldest Hindu temple

Han Jiang Ancestral Temple
Han Jiang Ancestral Temple

Award winning Teochew temple

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple
Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

Temple with a secret history

Yap Kongsi
Yap Kongsi

You won’t miss it

Hainanese Temple (Thean Hou Kong)
Hainanese Temple (Thean Hou Kong)

Beautiful carved stone temple

King Street Temples
King Street Temples

Penang’s Cantonese temples

Eng Chuan Tan Kongsi
Eng Chuan Tan Kongsi

Possibly Penang’s first clan association

Dhammakarama Temple and Wat Chaiyamangalaram
Dhammakarama Temple and Wat Chaiyamangalaram

Burmese and Thai Buddhist Temples

Snake Temple (Hock Kin Keong)
Snake Temple (Hock Kin Keong)

Not for ophidiophobics

Sam Poh Footprint Temple
Sam Poh Footprint Temple

Penang’s Bigfoot

Museums


War Museum
War Museum

Atmospheric war history

Interesting buildings


Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Minimalists stay clear

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Penang’s most famous mansion

Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque

Penang’s oldest mosque

St George’s Church and Protestant Cemetery
St George’s Church and Protestant Cemetery

Evocative historic church and graveyard

Fort Cornwallis
Fort Cornwallis

A peaceful piece of history

Acheen Street Mosque
Acheen Street Mosque

Small historical mosque

Suffolk House
Suffolk House

Colonial architecture and high tea

Natural attractions


Penang National Park
Penang National Park

Trekking, wildlife and beaches

Penang Hill
Penang Hill

Escape the heat

Penang Botanic Gardens
Penang Botanic Gardens

Jungle near the city

Shopping


Shopping in Penang
Shopping in Penang

Markets to malls, boutiques to bazaars

Festivals and events


Thaipusam in Penang
Thaipusam in Penang

Colourful Hindu festival with ritual bodypiercing

The Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang
The Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Beware the gates of Hell

Lunar New Year in Penang
Lunar New Year in Penang

Lanterns, fireworks and lions

Ramadan in Penang
Ramadan in Penang

Fasting and feasting