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Penang, Penang Island

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Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, west of the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak.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 in Penang.The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Jalan Bukit Bendera, Air Itam. To date, this funicular railway system is the only one of its kind in Malaysia, transporting over a million visitors to the peak of Penang Hill.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, and it therefore became 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 is in fact a collective term covering a number of hills, and the other names such as Flagstaff Hill, Strawberry Hill are still used for specific 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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  • April 12, 2017
    Penang is an island landmark. The sights here you literally already at the first corner, because the entire city is a receptacle of a huge number of street art. On the walls of the streets depict various paintings made by street artists from around the world, in agreement with the authorities during the annual Festival of the arts. Besides paintings, there are the same and installations involving the surrounding two-and three-storey Asian urban. Museums here are also very much and every traveler can find yourself liking and batik Museum, and Museum of photography. I opened the card and was number zavorazhen Penang places you can go and be enriched culturally. It is literally a goldmine for the tourist who likes to visit such places. In Penang so many temples. The most magnificent among them-the highest bliss. Within its walls you can really feel like in the Heavenly Palace of the gods. And one of the strangest is the snake Temple, in which live live snakes, and once a year during the Buddhist festival many denizens of the jungle spolzajutsja there to celebrate it. Both temples are at some distance from Georgetown, but the city itself is literally littered with holy places of various denominations. Penang as little India because in the Georgetown is the eponymous district of the city, in which literally obustroilas' and living piece of India. On the streets of Little India you will find a variety of shops with Indian goods, as well as cafes and restaurants with delicious Indian cuisine. In the city centre there are numerous Hostels (35 ringit per night and more), striped off Cafe, in which almost every evening you can hear live music. Penang is an island on which want to return even after 20 or 30 years.
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  • June 12, 2016
    Worth a visit as a cargo run to eat. Days of good weather to burst everyone to do a black Sun came back in a circle. Penang bus stop no way station shows people scratching their heads
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  • May 5, 2016
    Penang Chinese, Peranakan, art, night markets, beaches and things have been aggregated into compact and easy spend very, very clean.
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