This heritage now operates as a boutique hotel with 16 rooms and also has a museum inside.
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Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion
Address: 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Hours: 11AM–12PM, 2–3PM, 3:30–4:30PM
Phone: +60 4-262 0006
If you’re tired, head to Moon Tree 47 on Muntri Road. It is a cafe, art gallery and homestay. This is a great resting place for tired feet to enjoy Penang coffee. Moontree 47 evokes a bit of an old-school style, artful. There is even an ideal garden to relax and enjoy the peace. And if you want to send postcards to friends and relatives, choose the postcards right at the door, there are also stamps you can use for free.
Moon Tree 47
Address: 47, Muntri St, Georgetown, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-264 4021
24 hours in Penang — High noon: Visit Kek Lok Si temple and have lunch
After taking a short break, take some time to visit some places before the hunger strikes. Rent a motorbike to Air Itam to visit Kek Lok Si temple, one of the largest and most famous temples in Malaysia. Located on a high hill considered to have both geographical and spiritual significance, the temple was built in 1893 by a devout Chinese immigrant.
Kek Lok Si is really a very large complex of towering temples, many monasteries and beautiful gardens. The main attraction of the temple is a seven-story stupa of Rama VI with strikingly gold peak. The temple is home to 10.000 gypsum and bronze statues of Buddha. The recently displayed 30.2 m bronze statue of the goddess Mercy is another highlight. Especially, when you go to the top of the temple, you will see the beautiful panoramic of Penang.
Kek Lok Si
Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Area: 4 ha
Phone: +60 4-828 3317
District: North-East Penang Island District
Air Itam is not only known for Kek Lok Si temple but also famous for Assam Laksa, which is on the list of must eat foods in Penang. Laksa is a Malaysian specialty that everyone knows, and Assam Laksa you’ve heard of? It is laksa cooked with fish.
From afar you have smelled the bold fish of this dish. At first glance, it does not look very eye-catching, like a squeeze of noodles swimming in a dark brown sauce, some pieces of fish and vegetables. But do not let its appearance fool you, Assam laksa is very delicious and tasty dish. That is why the Assam laksa stalls full of people waiting in line for their turn.
If you arrive after 1:30AM, the chance to having a seat will be higher. The most crowded and most famous eatery is Pasar Air Itam Assam Laksa. Luckily, there is a dessert stall nearby to alleviate the spicy and hot taste of Assam laksa.
Penang Air Itam Laksa
Address: Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-500 7063
A day in Penang — Afternoon: Beach and visit the mosque floating on the water
Looking back at what you did in half a day: Eat well, visit also quite a few of the most famous tourist attractions in Penang. For the rest of the time, take a leisurely stroll around the coast of Tanjung Bungah enjoying the cool breeze and sea water. You can relax on the beach or visit a beautiful architecture nearby.
The highlight on the coast of Tanjung Bungah is the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque built on the water. Therefore, the building is famous as the Floating Mosque. The best moment to visit the mosque is at sunset. Catching the sunset at the sea right at a unique architecture is a perfect experience for a day in Penang.
Penang one day trip blog — Evening: Before returning, what to do? Eat all of Penang!
What to do in Penang in 1 day? End your Penang itinerary 1 day by enjoying all the delicacies here, what else can be compared to? Malaysia is famous for its rich cuisine, combining the culinary quintessence of many different countries, so if you do not take advantage to enjoy all the delicious foods in Penang, it is a big regret.
Start with the steaming hot dimsum at Tai Tong Dim Sum Restaurant (Dadong), Lebuh Cintra. At traditional dimsum restaurants, the foods will serve by a trolley for you to choose from without having to leave your seat. Well, it hard to picking, it’s extremely diverse about taste and color. The basic dishes such as dumplings, shumai, steamed rice roll, stewed chicken feet in soy sauce… are must have and there also are many desserts. The price is reasonable. That’s why the restaurant is usually crowded at dinner time. Ideally, you should come a little earlier to get a seat and there is no need to queue.
Tai Tong Restaurant
Address: 45, Lebuh Cintra, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hours: 6AM–2:30PM, 6:15–11:30PM
Phone: +60 4-263 6625
Well, the advice is when eating dimsum you should eat a little of each and saving your stomach space for the next culinary discovery journey. If your stomach is still empty and ready for a few more delicious dishes, go to the second spot. Now heading to the hawkers near Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Kimberly. Here you’ll find everything from local desserts like Cendol and Ais Kacang to local favorites like Satay, Mee Goreng and Wanton Noodles.
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The few remaining hours of the day is the time you want to be really relaxed after a busy schedule (Penang itinerary 1 day). Nothing is more better than a unique cocktail at Eastern & Oriental’s Farquhar Bar (Farquhar’s Bar), located in the luxurious Eastern & Oriental hotel. The pub is a bit of a colonial British architecture with a classic touch of luxurious armchairs and dark wood panels. If you do not drink, coming here to experience a beautiful and unique place in Penang also is worth it.
Address: Eastern & Oriental Hotel, 10, Lebuh Farquhar, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-222 2000
Sit back and think about a day in Penang that passed quickly, visit many places, admire street art, learn about culture and history at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the temples and mosques, wandering by the sea, watch the sunset and, importantly, enjoy a lot of delicious Malaysian specialties.That was interesting and worthwhile experiences.
Who said experience Penang in a day is not possible? If compared to a rich culture and cuisine, which is very unique like Penang, one day is not enough. If you have the opportunity, please come back and stay in Penang longer to feel more about the people and local culture here. Have a good trip!
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