Take Tours to Penang, also known as the 'Pearl of the Orient'. Lying off the northwest coast of Malaysia, Penang comprises of the Island of Penang and a strip of mainland opposite the island known as Seberang Perai or Province Wellesley. It is separated by a 3 km wide channel at its closest point and is linked by the 13.5 km long Penang Bridge. On Tours to Penang, you will realize that the northern coast of the island is lined with beautiful beaches.
On Tours to Penang, visit the major attractions of Penang:
Penang State Museum
Visit the Penang State Museum on Tours to Penang. Penang State Museum is housed in the former Penang Free School built in two stages one in 1896 and the other in 1906. The older half of the building collapsed due to heavy bombing and the museum is located in the other half of the building. The exhibits in the museum are categorized according to customs and traditional costumes, historical sites, houses of worship, traditional trades and important incidents, namely, Penang Riots, Japanese and Occupation. The special rooms display paintings of military man Captain Robert Smith and impressions of William Daniel. The family of Late Dato' Haji Fathil Basheer had donated the original handwritten Quran and traditional Malay weapons. The statue of Sir Francis Light, founder of Penang, built of bronze stands in front of the museum. Beside the statue is the former Penang Hill Railway Carriage, now used as a shop by Penang Heritage Trust to sell antiques, books, postcards and souvenirs.
Suffolk House is a must see on Tours to Penang. The founder of Penang, Sir Francis Light, built a beautiful garden house called Suffolk House in Penang for his lovely wife Martina. This house was an exact replica of his own house in England where he had spent his childhood. Later, the Suffolk House became he residence of the governors for nearly hundred years. This garden house stands in ruins behind the present Methodist Boy's School. The Suffolk House became a warm and graceful house during the period of Governor Phillips. There are plans to restore and preserve the Suffolk House by the Municipal Corporation.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Check out Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on Tours to Penang. Nestled in the Leith Street, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion looks elegant after restoration. Cheong was a native of Hakka in Teochew District of China who migrated to Java in 1850's. The Nanyang Seas or the South Seas proved lucky for him and he prospered in his business of contracts from Dutch government. Cheong's steamships plied between Penang and Medan. As he prospered in his business, he became the Consul General of China in Singapore and continued to build his trading empire throughout the South Seas. He built a mansion like a archetypal Chinese courtyard mansion, which has 38 rooms, 5 courtyard, 7 staircases and 220 windows.
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Seek the blessings at Goddess of Mercy Temple on Tours to Penang. Goddess of Mercy Temple is dedicated to two goddesses, Kuan Yin and Ma Chor Poh and is also known as Pitt Street Temple. Kuan Yin is a revered Goddess of Mercy to Taoist and Buddhist and Ma Chor Poh is the Patron Saint of the Seafarers also known as the Mother of the Hearth. The most venerated temple in Penang, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, was built in 1801 AD on the land given by the East India Company. Originally called the Kong Hock Keong or the Cantonese-Hokkien Temple because of its establishment by both the clans. The temple is generally crowded on the 1st and 15th day of the Chinese lunar month, which are the holy days for the observance of precepts. The temple sees a celebration on the three enlightenment days of Kuan Yin, the 19th day of the 2nd, 6th, and 9th Chinese lunar month when along with worship puppet shows and Chinese operas are also organized.
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