What to See

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Penang Street Art

Walking along the streets of Georgetown, some wall paintings can be spotted along the street walls if you know where to look or if you are paying attention to your surroundings. These paintings, courtesy of Ernest Zacharevic, became a local attraction, and many other street arts have appeared after his initial effort of painting the walls of the street in Georgetown.

Travelling here: Approximately 6-11 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Where to see it: Look around the streets in Georgetown such as Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Ah Quee Street and Muntri Street, to name a few.

Tip 1: If you do not want to spend your time walking around and discovering them yourself, you could always ask for a map that shows where these paintings are located.

Obtaining map: Try looking around Armenian street and you will be able to get the map for free.

Tip 2: Alternatively, you could also scan the QR code provided to view the map where these street arts are.

Tip 3: Tourists visiting these paintings usually have a blast taking pictures with them.


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Church of the Assumption

This church was founded the same year when Francis Light first came to Penang. It is a Roman Catholic church, and also the first church that was built in Penang. Due to the history of the church, it has major historical value, and it is now considered a World Heritage Church.

Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Church of the Assumption, Jalan Love Lane, George Town, Pulau Pinang

Visiting hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Note: As this is a church, it is advisable to dress appropriately to show respect.


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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

You won’t be able to miss this building because of its expressive indigo-blue façade! The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Georgetown was designed in a traditional Hakka-Teochew style. It was converted into a boutique heritage hotel in the 1990s, and is now one of the most prominent attractions in Penang.

Travelling here: 9 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Entrance fee:

  • MYR17/adult
  • MYR8.50/child (under 12 years old)

Opening hours: Tours available at 11:00am, 2:00pm and 3:30pm

Note: Only certain areas are opened to the public.


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Khoo Kongsi

The Khoo Kongsi was a clan house built a long time ago by the Khoo family who migrated here to Penang. It is both a temple and a museum, and remains as one of the grandest buildings in Georgetown. For those who are into history and architecture, this place is definitely a must-visit.

Travelling here: 7 minutes by car / 19 minutes walk from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 18, Cannon Square, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Entrance fee: MYR10

Note: As there is a temple in the house, it is advisable to dress appropriately to show respect.


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Kapitan Keling Mosque

The Kapitan Keling Mosque is a mosque built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in Georgetown. Its architecture is certainly one that is unique and admirable. The original building was smaller, and over time it was expanded until it became the mosque that we see today, which is the biggest mosque in Georgetown.

Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 14, Jalan Buckingham, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Visiting hours:

  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Saturday- Thursday)
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Friday)

Note: Visitors will be required to wear a robe that is provided by the mosque.


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Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

This clock tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s sixtieth birthday and is now one of the few beautiful historical architecture that you can find in Penang Island. Fun fact: The tower seems to be leaning sideways from result of the war.

Travelling here: 10 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, Lebuh Light, George Town, Pulau Pinang


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St. George’s Church

St. George’s church is the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, built in Penang during the colonial period. It was awarded a National Heritage Status and remains one of the most beautiful landmarks to visit here in Penang.

Travelling here: 10 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: St George's Anglican Church, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Pulau Pinang

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: Closed

Note: As this is a place of worship, it is advisable to dress appropriately to show respect.


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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

The Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is the only Burmese Buddhist temple in the country and it is located in Georgetown. Not only is it a sight to behold, but it is also informational as visitors get to find out the path of enlightenment of Buddha and how it is represented throughout history and in different places of the world.

Travelling here: 10 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Lorong Burma, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6:00am – 6:00pm

Note: As this is a temple, it is advisable to dress appropriately to show respect.


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Wat Chayamangkalaram

Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple opposite of the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. A reclining Buddha statue is located inside the main hall of this temple, symbolizing the peace in his sleep at his death.

Travelling here: 10 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 17, Lorong Burma, 10250, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6:00am - 5:30pm

Note: As this is a temple, it is advisable to dress decently to show respect.


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Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia and was once a starshaped bastion intended as a defensive structure. It is built in 1786 and instead of serving as an active defensive function, it served an administrative one back in the days.

Travelling here: 12 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm (Closed on Sundays)

Entrance fee:

  • Malaysian: MYR10/adult
  • Non-Malaysian: MYR20/adult

Tip: To avoid the scorching sun, you might want to consider coming here early in the morning or during the evening.


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Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Also known as the Waterfall Hill Temple, this temple is one of the older in Penang. It has undergone several renovations throughout the years before becoming the large temple that it is now, and is said to be the largest Lord Murugan temple out of India. Visitors need to climb 513 steps to reach the temple.

Travelling here: 13 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: Early morning -12:30pm, 4:30pm - 9:15pm

Tip 1: Be prepared to climb.

Tip 2: Be mindful of your surroundings as there might be monkeys around.

Tip 3: Remember to take your own water to stay hydrated.

Tip 4: As this is a temple, it is advisable to dress appropriately.

Tip 5: If you’re here during Thaipusam, you could check this place out as the celebrations are usually held here.


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Penang Botanic Gardens

Penang Botanic Gardens is also known as Waterfall Gardens, and it is perfect for a visit after an experience with the busy city life in Georgetown. There are plenty of attractions within the garden. For more information, you can visit; http://botanicalgardens.penang.gov.my/index.php/en...

Travelling here: 16 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 10470 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 5:00am – 8:00pm

Tip 1: To avoid the scorching sun, you might want to consider coming here early in the morning or during the evening.

Tip 2: If you would like to go for a run, this is one spot that you can consider going to.

Tip 3: Remember to bring your own bottle of water to stay hydrated.


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Penang National Park

This national park in Penang is a small one in comparison to others but one packed with many natural habitats, enough to keep you occupied and be amazed. The park with its rainforest and beaches, is a great place to go jungle trekking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird spotting, or just relax on one of its beautiful beaches.

Travelling here: 46 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Jalan Hassan Abas, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

Tip 1: Remember to bring your own bottle of water to stay hydrated.

Tip 2: It is advisable to wear something more comfortable as there will be a lot of walking in nature under the hot sun.