Penang hill is a natural green haven with plenty of attractions to enjoy when you visit. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Penang. Attracting visitors from all over the world because of its variety of things to do and its beautiful scenery. The view from the top of Penang Hill offers panoramic views of George Town, Penang Island, and the Straits of Malacca.
If you are looking for some way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then this is your chance. You can choose from many different activities for kids, adults, or seniors who want to take it easy. There are also museums, galleries, temples, souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants for those who want to spend some time having fun at the top. If you’re going to get away from it all but don’t have time for a hassle-free vacation, this place is perfect for you!
Funicular track on Penang hill is the longest and steepest in Asia. It will take you to the summit of this former colonial hill station. Where you will enjoy some spectacular views over the island. If you want, you may also trek Penang Hill . Tickets for the funicular can be purchased in advance here.
Penang Hill, founded in 1787 by Francis Light, was Malaysia’s first hill station. Built on the model of other British colonial hill stations in India. The original name was “Bukit Bendera,” or “Flag Hill” in Malay. After the flagship pole near the Bel Retiro, which Light erected in 1789 as the Governor of Penang’s house. This cluster of linking peaks became a favorite habitation. People who lived here to escape the suffocating heat and malaria risk on the plains. Many of the cottages may still be found on the hill.
Of course, living on top of a hill had its transportation issues. People first climbed either on horseback or were shuttled by local coolies. The first attempt at building a railway to the top happened between 1905 and 1907 but was unsuccessful. The first Penang Hill Funicular Railway opened only on the 1st January 1924. Upholstered completely with new cars in 2010, passengers needed to change trains at the Middle Station. It is no longer the case now. Trains are much faster — you can reach Penang Hill Upper Station in less than 10 minutes.
Penang Hill Map
Here’s a map so you can see where most of the attractions are. And plan your day accordingly.