Penang has a number of museums, ruins, temples, forests and breathtaking beaches that can make your trip to this island more worthwhile. Unofficially named as ‘food capital’ of Malaysia, tourism in Penang has a huge contribution to its economy. Whether you are planning your retirement in Penang or next holiday trip to this island, this list of best historical attractions will help you explore better.
The House of Yeap Chor Ee:-
During the nineteenth century (1885), The House of Yeap Chor Ee was built by Yeap Chor Ee as his first home. This young immigrant from China started his life here as a barber. At the turn of 20th Century, he became the captain of the industry. During 2008, this building was turned into a remarkable Social History Gallery managed by the descendants of Yeap Chor Ee. To mark the 140th birth anniversary of Yeap Chor Ee this museum was opened to the visitors. The Yeap Chor Ee gallery will give you an insight into the hard work of the Chinese immigrants who arrived on this island, more than 100 years ago. Apart from showing the delicate antiques’ collection, this museum evidently speaks the story of Yeap’s life. Throughout your visit in the House of Yeap Chor Ee, except the audio guides, none will be guiding you further.
Bukit Panchor Forest:-
Encompassing 8 hectares of lowland forest in Nibong Tebal, Bukit Panchor is a small and well-developed recreation park. This park offers you a soothing view of lush vegetation and a flowing river to take a break from the humdrum routine life. You can experience plenty of things there including the bat caves, the mangrove forms, and a wetland boardwalk.
Experience the rustic feeling with this part of Penang Heritage Trail. After more than a century only six remain among the seven jetties. These jetties were named after the clans of China such as Chew Jetty, Lee Jetty, Koay Jetty, Peng Aun Jetty, Yeoh Jetty Tan Jetty, Lim Jetty, and Mixed Clans Jetty. Chew jetty is known as the most traveler-friendly jetty, containing the highest number of wooden stilt-houses, and the longest walkway along with a temple. Though numerous places are there in Penang to visit, this royal trip will take you back to the historical era.
Kapitan Keling Mosque:-
Located on Pitt Street, the Kapitan Keling Mosque was the first mosque built in Penang during 19th century. Being the largest and one of the oldest mosques in Georgetown, Kapitan Keling offers a free entry to all. The South Indian immigrants are referred with the word ‘Keling’, and the entire word ‘Kapitan Keling’ signifies ‘Captain of the Kelings’. A German architect named Henry Alfred Neubronner designed this mosque. The entire mosque is surrounded by lower walls and domes. The copper domes of this monumental structure were built in Mughal style. To enter this mosque, you have to wear the robes provided there.
Kuan Yin Temple:-
This temple was built during the early 1800s in the honor of Chinese Goddess Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy). Kuan Yin Temple, also known as ‘The Goddess of Mercy Temple’ is the oldest temple in Penang. It was constructed in the classic Chinese architectural style with dragon carvings and curvy rooftops.
Still looking for more reasons to plan your retirement in Penang? Then low-cost living, best quality food items, several shopping destinations, advanced healthcare facilities and other modern conveniences are enough to make your retirement plan in Penang more amazing.
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