#11 day of February – Entopia Butterfly Garden

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Entopia a scenic butterfly farm in Penang

Malaysia offers a variety of gorgeous parks where we may commune with nature.
Some of the nicest are filled with flowers and butterflies, making us feel as if we’ve stumbled into a Studio Ghibli film’s garden — for example, Entopia, a butterfly farm in Penang.

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Giant Stag And Rhino Beetle Replicas At Entopia Penang Butterfly Garden – photo credits to myentopia (Instagram)

This park not only has 15,000 free-flying butterflies and 200 different plant species, but it also resembles the Cloud Forest in Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay, with its dome steel-frame canopy, waterfalls, and lots of Instagram-worthy places.

Entopia was once known as the Penang Butterfly Garden, opening its doors in 1986. However, it has now reinvented itself as a nature-learning center with a conservation park available to the public.

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Blue Tiger Butterfly Spotted At Entopia Penang Butterfly Farm – photo credits to @man_lie_123 (Instagram)

Even from the outside, it’s rather stunning. Over 80,000 plants will produce a green wall that replicates the surface patterns. According to Entopia’s website, The Malaysia Book of Records named it the “Biggest Green Wall” in Malaysia in 2017.

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Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing Butterfly At Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm – photo credits to @reginaweibel (Instagram)

But take your time and enter this butterfly farm to see the Natureland butterfly aviaries. It’s a vivarium — a cage meant to retain creatures in semi-natural settings – with greenhouse temperatures to host hundreds of butterflies and plants. Inside, you’ll see waterfalls, pools with floating lily pads, and caverns, among other things.

Home Tree

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It’s a big tree with distinct branches that resemble a person’s hand that grazes the top of the roof. After you’ve had enough of the gardens, make your way inside to Entopia’s Cocoon Indoor Discovery Centre. Two-story exhibition venue with intriguing galleries, such as the Pandora Forest. An interactive environment where you can learn about butterfly and moth folklore and myths.

Natureland – Outdoor Section

Natureland is the highlight of Penang Butterfly Farm: With an outdoor living garden vivarium where you can see butterflies, reptiles and other artistic garden features! The entire Entopia pathway is 1.18km long!

Main attractions include:

  • Aroma Trail
  • Dragon Path
  • Mystery Cave
  • Tiger Falls
  • Home Tree
  • David’s Garden

Tips:

  • Wear bright colors to attract butterflies to you
  • Check the weather forecast before you buy your tickets
  • Visitors can visit The Cocoon (indoor section) first if it rains
  • Umbrellas are available upon request on rainy days

Cocoon – Indoor Section

A 2-story indoor exhibition and activities with world-class facilities to self-explore the world of invertebrates!

Main attractions include:

  • Lumino City
  • Cinerama
  • Downtown Entopia
  • Understory Tales
  • Underground Mysteries
  • Pandora Forest
  • Metamorphosis
  • Breeding Ground

Tapestree Café

Stop by for a quick refuel at the Tapestree in-house café in Natureland. Tapestree Café is open from 10am to 5pm.

What you’ll like:

  • The reptiles are just as interesting as the butterflies
  • Improved facilities since the renovation
  • Knowledgeable staff are helpful in providing explanations
  • Certain sessions allow visitors to hold the scorpions, iguanas, and more
  • 4pm butterfly release session allows you to release butterflies that have just evolved from pupa.
  • Kids love it there!

Good to know:

  • Cooler in the mornings and evenings but butterflies are more active during sunny days!
  • Dress light as it can get warm in the butterfly park
  • Watch where you step as butterflies may land on the ground
  • Expect to spend a minimum of 2 hours in the park
  • Getting a taxi back may take time

Address: 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Thu – Tue, 9AM-6PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 04-888 8111
Website

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