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Penang City & Heritage Discovery Tour

Pick up from Penang
Child-Friendly
Elderly-Friendly
Muslim-Friendly

Tour Code: PEN-08 Duration: Approx 4 Hours

Wander around the city of Georgetown and take in the sights of colonial structures echoing a rich past, cultural heritage and religious sites.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Star-Shaped Bastion, Fort Cornwallis
  • Explore the Cultural Depths of Baba Nyonya Heritage at Penang State Museum & Art Gallery
  • Admire Extravagant Architecture at Penang Khoo Kongsi
  • Lay Eyes on One of the World’s Largest Reclining Buddha at Wat Chayamangkalaram

Tour Description:

Georgetown, the capital of Penang, is a historical city with no shortage of colonial and cultural heritage. Named after King George III of England, there are numerous sites and prominent structures that are relics of a bygone epoch; a testimony to colonial influences which are now under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour begins with the first stop at Fort Cornwallis, a star-shaped bastion that is the largest in Malaysia and once belonged to the East India Company. Constructed in 1786, it served as an administrative centre as well as a bulwark against the French forces and pirates.

A 10-minute walk would bring you to the Penang State Museum & Art Gallery. Constructed in 1821, it showcases Baba Nyonya antiques, historical events, ornamental garments and old paintings that clearly display Penang’s extensive culture and heritage. If the tour happens on a Friday, the visit will be replaced with a tour of the Chinese clan settlements at Chew Jetty instead as the museum is closed on a Friday. One of the many clan settlements at Weld Quay, the Chew clan is perhaps the largest and its kinship is evident here.

Ditch the modern coach in favour of the authentic and traditional trishaw ride to explore the heart of Georgetown. As you explore further, do not miss the chance to visit the Penang Khoo Kongsi, a lavishly decorated structure with stunning sculptures and intricate architecture that is the embodiment of clan solidarity. Built in 1851, it is the most magnificent clan temple in the country; a symbol of dominance and prosperity of the Khoo family.

Since religion is a major influence throughout the historical city, visit the Wat Chayamangkalaram, a Thai Buddhist temple, to gain more cultural insights and to witness one of the world’s largest reclining Buddha (33 metres). Majestic and awe-inspiring, this gold-plated reclining Buddha is fascinating to behold; do not be surprised at the crowd with a mix of foreign and local tourists flocking to take a picture or to pay homage.

Cancellation Policy:

Please refer to our refunds policy under Terms of Use section.

Pick-Up Time:

  • 8:15 am to 8:45 am (Morning)
  • 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm (Afternoon)

What's Included:

  • English-Speaking Guide

What's Not Included:

  • Tour Excursions Exclude All Entrance Fees Unless Stated Otherwise

Additional Information:

  • Wat Chayamangkalaram is a religious place of worship, kindly be reminded to dress appropriately
  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeings
  • Minimum 2 pax for the tour to be confirmed. Tour Operator reserves the rights to cancel the tour if the minimum number of pax is not met
  • Child prices apply for children of ages 2 to 12. A minimum of two (2) adult tickets are required to be eligible for child ticket prices
  • On every Friday, we will replace a visit to the State Museum with a visit to Chinese clan settlements located at the Chew Jetty
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

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Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up location(s) that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Penang. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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