These places in Penang are so Instagrammably beautiful that you’ll have to bring a camera with you – and maybe one of those selfie sticks, too.
With extensive coastlines, thickly forested hills and not one—but two—bridges linking the island and mainland, Penang is never short of beautiful sights. But if you’re wondering about places you can take pictures of and lepak (mill around aimlessly) at, we have the top places for you.
Built in 1818, this is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. The architecture features elements of Georgian, neo-Classical and English Palladian designs, which were particularly popular in the early 19th century. Supported by four major columns in the front and an octagonal steeple reaching into the sky, this church is an architectural expression of goodwill and religion during the British colonial era.
This may be the smallest national park in Malaysia, but its wealth of flora and fauna can rival that of any other site. With over 400 plant species and 150 bird species, this park is impressive for its living tropical ecosystem. The hills are dense, the beaches pristine, and long-tailed macaques friendly (as long as you don’t provoke them). Entrance is free.
Locals either come here to walk, jog, or make their dogs walk and jog. The promenade is the main feature of this modern mall, extending all the way to the Straits Green on one side, and a high-end residential compound on the other. The view of sunrise here is like no other, but if you prefer sunset, come by after 6.30 p.m. and you’ll be able to witness the sky turning shades of crimson, yellow and red.
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