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Penang Hill

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by Pauline (subscribe)
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Published December 30th 2013
Discover one of the oldest colonial hill station in Malaysia
Being one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their occupation in the 18th century, Penang Hill is a prominent historical landmark in the island.

Penang Hill
Beautiful panaromic view of Georgetown

The hill is made up of several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburton's Hill, Government Hill as well as Tiger Hill. Horses and pushcarts were the earliest mode of transport. The second mode of transport via the funicular railway was established later in 1901 to access the summit. It was however, completely overhauled in 2010. Today, the train has regular daily schedule to transport residents and tourists from lower ground to the summit and vice versa.

As recommended by some of the locals, the best to visit Penang Hill is early in the morning or late afternoon to take advantage of the cooler temperature.


There are many things to do once you get to the top of the hill. The train ride itself offers greenery view of tropical flora and fauna.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, Panoramic view, penang bridge
View of Penang Bridge from the hill

Enjoy the beautiful panorama view of Georgetown and the well known Penang Bridge which is the second longest bridge in Malaysia and fifth longest in Southeast Asia spanning over 13.5 km.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, monkey
Spot the monkeys

It is almost impossible to miss the Dusky Leaf Monkeys as they roam around freely. While they may not pose any danger or threat to visitors, it is advisable to keep food out of their sight or you may risk having it snatched away.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, heritage building
Traditional Malay Hut

Apart from the beautiful nature and scenery, Penang Hill features historical heritage buildings such as bungalows with a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern design. The oldest building on the hill is dated back to 1803. Visitors who are interested to tour around the hill can opt for buggy ride which takes about 30 minutes. The ride include photo stops at popular lookouts and historical buildings.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, the owl museum
The Owl Museum, Source theowlmuseum.com

For educational activities, visit The Owl Museum which houses a diverse and growing collection of over 1000 unique owl-themed art and crafts from over 20 countries. This museum is apparently the first and one of a kind in Southeast Asia.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, Panoramic view, Night view
Stunning night view from the hill, Source penanghill.gov.my

David Brown Restaurant and The Cliff Cafe are some of the places to have light snack, lunch or even romantic dinner with stunning night view.


Outstation visitors who wish to overnight here may consider Hotel Bellevue offering basic bed and breakfast accommodation.

Penang Hill, Georgetown, hindu temple, heritage building
Hindu Temple on the hill

Penang Hill has something for children, adults and seniors alike. It is certainly worth a visit and I would strongly recommend anyone to include this place in the travel itinerary.
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Why? Relaxing place to take respite from city
When: Everyday
Phone: info@penanghill.gov.my
Where: Ayer Itam, Penang
Cost: Refer to website
Your Comment
What a lovely name the monkeys have.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 1730 days ago
I went up the hill many years ago when I was still a kid. Had no idea that they've overhauled the transport going up! It looks a lot more modern now. Back then, we went up in trams, a slow and steady climb up the hill. Would love to visit this place again one day. The view is gorgeous. :)
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|451) 1729 days ago
the park up the hill is popular with exercisers early morning and around dusk - not during the heat of the day tho' ...
by ultim (score: 2|416) 1683 days ago
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