Practical preview of town

The 130-year-old Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam is a major tourist attraction in Penang. — Filepic

VISITORS to Penang can now obtain information and check on directions within the Ayer Itam area before their visit with the ‘Air Itam 360 Virtual Tour’.

The virtual tour allows visitors to preview places of interest, interesting mural spots, famous hawker spots and other information before travelling to the area.

Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng said the virtual tour allows the public to check on information and obtain directions to help in their holiday plans before they visit.

“The tour features a 360° view of the entire Ayer Itam area, which includes places of interest like Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple and other hawker spots scattered throughout the area.

“This allows visitors who want to visit Ayer Itam to get a rough view of the area, familiarise themselves with the parking spots, directions and other facilities.

“Before they come, they can view the area virtually, then plan their trip with their families.

“This will be convenient for those with children and the elderly,” he said at the launching of the virtual tour at the Penang Hill lower station recently.

Ng said he hoped the launching of the tour could help families and visitors to better plan their trips to the area.

“After rounds of lockdown and amid the pandemic, the landscape of meetings, travelling and holidays have changed.

“This is why planning ahead is important, and to know where we are heading so that visitors can get a picture of where they want to go as soon as they reach.

“This tour could help them get a rough picture ahead of time,” he added.

He said the tour was developed as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in his constituency by Spacentive 360, with the partnership of Penang Foodie and Penang Hidden Gems.

State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who was present, commended the project.

“This tour could enhance the visibility of Ayer Itam and showcase the best of the area to the public, hopefully boosting traffic here as well.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the state has grown digitally inclined and technologically focused.

“We emphasise the use of digital platforms to promote local food, culture, arts and more.

“Thus, we hope this virtual tour could showcase the best of Ayer Itam,” he said.

To access the virtual tour, visit

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