THERE’S so much Penang has to offer such as wonderful destinations, natural wonders and beautiful places to visit, and many offer free admission.
Penang Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry director Jonathan Freddy Bagang said the state was focusing on domestic tourism along the lines of Malaysians visit Malaysia.
“Penang has various attractions on the island and mainland.
“Large families may opt for outdoor activities and spend time together without burning a hole in one’s pocket.
“Some places are free to visit, such as public areas like beaches in Penang which are clean, safe and nice.
“We continue to assure that the country is a safe destination for all and Penang has always been proactive in promoting tourism at its best,” he said.
Tourists can take strolls and check out various street arts around George Town, namely in Weld Quay, Armenian Street, Penang Road, Muntri Street, Leith Street, Ah Quee Street and more.
Along with murals and art installations, there are 52 steel rod sculptures depicting the culture and livelihood of early settlement in George Town.
There are six clan jetties to explore, Chew Jetty being the most touristy among these settlements on water over 100 years old.
Another free attraction in George Town is the Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park, which is touted to be the first Urban Archaeological Park in Malaysia.
The main role of the park is to help transform Sia Boey into an area that facilitates the coexistence of development and heritage conservation.
Nature lovers may also head to the Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang, known as the world’s smallest national park with a turtle sanctuary and a meromictic lake worth exploring.
White sandy beaches on the island can be found in Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringghi, Teluk Kumbar while on the mainland there is a beautiful stretch behind Taman Robina in Butterworth.
Alternatively, tourists can take a hike up to Penang Hill’s peak at over 800m above sea level via many trails available to enjoy panoramic views over Penang.
The Penang Botanic Gardens provides a lovely place to spend hours wandering through the varied flora collections or watching the antics of cheeky monkeys.
Kek Lok Si Temple built in 1890 is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia and a national icon as a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists.
Free bus rides around town are available through the CAT free shuttle bus service which plies the roads within the zones of Georgetown Unesco World Heritage Site.
All these and many more are some of the awesome destinations here in Penang that all Malaysians should not miss the chance to explore with your family members and loved ones during this challenging times.