Penang Botanical Gardens, George Town

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#3 of 22 in Parks in Penang Island
Stroll around the city's "green lung" at Penang Botanical Gardens. Established by the British on the site of an old granite quarry in 1884, the public gardens stretch out across 29 hectares (72 acres). Amble across the scenery to find the famous trees that live here, many with evocative nicknames like "the five o'clock tree" (its buds close just before dark). If you need a little exercise during your trip, come here for a jog, jungle trekking, or aerobics. Spot the many animals that call the park home, with long-tailed macaques, dusky leaf monkeys, and black giant squirrels among the favorites. Penang Botanical Gardens is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, George Town Edition.
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  • I live in Penang and visit Botanical Gardens occasionally or use the Moon Gate trail to hike up to Station 84 with my dad, a father-daughter bonding session. We both love nature and wildlife. March is...  more »
  • A nice place to visit, however not a large botanical range of local plants apparent. Free entry. Maps and signage difficult to understand as too stylised / unclear. Gangs of monkeys roaming around wil...  more »
  • Very beautiful botanical garden, very airy, with Lake and sometimes amazing tree species. Large plantation of cactus with original species. There is also a greenhouse of orchids.
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  • Penang Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and serene park where the monkeys roam free and there are lots of Flora and Fauna. There is a cool Waterfall and a Lily Pond to walk around. Also there are trails to hike up the surrounding hills
  • Big garden full of a variety of plants. Suitable for friends and family. You can do jogging, cycling, picnic here. Is it so big that it takes an hour or 2 to walk the whole garden. It is very educational too as the plants have a small plate with names and description
  • Botanical Garden walking tracks abound. I walk here several times a week and so do thousands of others, so it is a very busy place at sunrise and on weekends. Not the most sophisticated gardens you have seen but I always enjoy my walks here. You can easily spend a couple of hours walking around the different garden sections. Lots of monkeys at dawn and dusk. Car parking or No. 10 bus from town. Taxi, Uber etc is ideal. Close to Youth Park, another garden, recreation area, next to two Indian temples. Local and Western food and drinks available at hawker centre between both gardens. You can easily spend a morning in this area and more or less stay out of the heat of the day.
  • Came here for a morning jog and loved it! There are different sections in the park depending on your preferred elevation. I have never breathed such fresh air since weeks! Highly recommend for exercise, even a relaxing stroll with your loved ones is enough to make you forget all your worries.
  • I hiked Penang Hill from the Botanical Gardens. I love this place, it is tranquil and clean. It is also free (although most attractions once you arrive at Penang Hill are not). Took a lot of great nature photos around this place.
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