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Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks in Penang, Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, which is from the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. The name Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833m above sea level. The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. It was used as a retreat during the British colonial period, and is now a popular tourist destination of Penang. The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Air Itam.HistoryCaptain Francis Light, founder of the colony in Penang, first plotted a horse track from the Penang Botanic Gardens waterfall up to the top of the hill in 1788. He cleared an area in order to grow strawberry, which was therefore known as Strawberry Hill. Its official name however was Flagstaff Hill, which is still reflected in its name in Malay, Bukit Bendera (literally "Flag Hill"). The name was a reference to the flagstaff outside "Bel Retiro", which was the residence of the Governor of Penang built by Francis Light c. 1789. The area is however widely known as Penang Hill which in fact covers a number of hills, and the other names such as Flagstaff Hill, Strawberry Hill are still used for peaks in the area. The hill became a cool retreat for the British colonists from the heat of the lowlands and threat of malaria, and many bungalows were built on the summit of Penang Hill for government servants and army. A Convalescent Bungalow was built in 1803.
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  • If and when you are in Penang - there is a must see / do when you need a Taxi. Contact Premm and his number is 016 446 8183. Premm dives a classic '95 Mercedes and he is a great person and very knowle...  more »
  • After many emails following the review below, we agreed that Morgan will pick up my parents ( aged 74 & 65 ) from the ferry terminal, and confirmed it with an email 3 hours before their arrival. Upon ...  more »
  • Mr Morgan is very friendly and accommodating. Even though he has to be away for private family matters, he assigned us to other trustworthy drivers to meet our itinerary demands. Mr Raj and Mr Ramesh ...  more »