View the world’s longest Reclining Buddha
Visit the beautiful and oldest Malaysian Burmese Temple
Drive past colonial buildings in George Town
Seep in the history of unique Chinese settlements
Step into the past with a visit to Pinang Peranakan Mansion
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission fees as stated
Roundtrip transportation to and from your central Penang Island hotel
Live tour commentary provided in English
Beverages, bottled water, and snacks
What you can expect
Penang has close historical ties with the Thai and Burmese since 1795 when Queen Victoria granted a piece of land to both communities as a diplomatic gesture to promote trading ties. The Reclining Buddha Temple was built in 1845 and subsequently renamed Wat Chayamangkalaram in 1948. The temple features one of the world’s longest reclining Buddha statues. The sole and oldest Malaysian Burmese temple, Dhammikarama BurmeseTemple is situated opposite. Established as a kyaung (monastery), the temple serves as a retreat for Buddhist devotee, with monks' quarters, a preceptees' lodge and a library within the temple grounds.
Moving on to old George Town, we drive pass some of the colonial buildings steeped in history, such as City Hall, Town Hall, Fort Cornwallis(there will be a photo stop for this), Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower.
The Clan Jetties are unique Chinese settlements that have been around since the 19th century. Along the wooden pier are villages on stilts that house the descendants of Chinese immigrants. There are eight different clans that still reside here, with each individual jetty named after their surname. Now part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site, some of the jetties are now accessible to tourists.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago and was recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture.
We drive on pass the Street of Harmony. It is so named because of the four places of worship that coexist together in harmony. Along the street, you will find St George's Church, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, The Goddess of Mercy Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.
The final stop will be the Cocoa Boutique, where you will have a good variety of chocolates to choose from. There is something for everyone from boxed chocolates, fruit chocolate, chocolate bars and individually wrapped chocolates.