Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), Penang
There's a cable car to take you up Penang hill. I went on the first dry Saturday in a few weeks, after a very wet week, during the school holiday, just after Christmas, at about 11am. I therefore ended up queuing for nearly 2 hours (and 30 mins on the way back). Was it worth it? Probably not quite. I did enjoy the views, the temples and some of the odd sights at the top, plus the cable car rides themselves are good fun. So my strong advice is get there early to avoid the queue, and it'll be worth it.
It costs RM30 for a return trip (less for Malaysians).
At the top are mosques and temples, a restaurant, a Paris-esque love lock bridge (with a canny entrepreneur beside, selling locks), an owl museum (apparently owlsome), and some guys ready to sell you tat and photograph you with drugged animals.
Penang Hill is located in Air Itam which is 6 kilometres from city of Georgetown.The hill stands out prominently from the lowland as a hilly and forested area,That's why we are hot up there.
Adult RM 30.00
Senior RM 30.00
Child ( Aged 4 -12 years ) RM 15.00
School/College/University Student RM 15.00
Penang Hill is the highest point in Penang Island. From the top of the hill, you can see most of Penang. It is worth the while to make your way up to the top of the Penang Hill.
There is a Rapid Bus Service 204 that brings you right to the foot of the tram car service at Penang Hill. The fare is RM$4.00 per person from the Jetty or from Komtar (bus transport hub). It is the only Rapid bus service to go there.
The tram service cost about RM$30 per person (foreigners) and about RM$5 for Malaysians. The trams service is rather fast and waiting time is short.
At the top of Penang Hill, the initial view is that of Georgetown and the (now) 2 Penang Bridges that connects the mainland Malaysia to Penang Island. You can make your way around the top of the Hill to see the other side of Penang.
At the top of the hill, there are food & beverage outlets and some of these are with splendid view of Penang Island. You can expect the food and beverages there to cost more.
This is a definate 'must see' when visiting Penang.
The ride up the hill in the train was a bit scary because it travels up at about 90 degrees but once up the top, the views are stunning!
Hubby and I had a wander around, I got asked by some nice young Asian ladies for my pic with them which was nice :o) and then we sat down at the bar overlooking Penang and the mainland for a chilled Tiger and a play with our cameras. Check out my pix.
Penang hill is also called Bukit Bendera mean Flagstaff Hill in Malay. Historically, this hill was discovered by Francis Light during his horse track in around 1788. He plotted the hill and started to build bungalows for private use of the British Colonials during 19th Century. The British colonials were liking the hill due to the cooler temperature comparing to the lowland. The former sheriff of Penang, William Halliburton, was staying in a bungalow, Bellevue, now called The Penang Hill Hotel.
Today, Penang Hill is one of the famous attractions in Penang with stunning views of the city on a clear day. When I reached the top, I could feel the cooler temperature with misty air. I enjoyed the green trees and birds on the hill. Then, I visited an Indian Temple ( Thirumurugan Temple) , and ginger garden. Penang Hill Hotel is further up the hill and great place to have high tea with great views.
If you are a natural lover , there are several nature trails for you to discover more plants, trees, birds, and wildlife.
It is located 6KM north of the City. Take bus 204 from Jetty Raja Tun Uda Bus Station, catch a Penang Hill Railway to the top.
After My first visit to Penang Hill, the service was suspended for sometimes to install new funicular train with air-conditioned and can ferry up to 100 passengers and is capable of making a one-way trip within five minutes without a change of train.
The previous 87-year-old system, passengers had to change trains at the middle station for a 30-minute one-way trip. Hmmm...I would still preferred the old train where you have time to see the beautiful surrounding on the way up and down Penang Hill. Its just my opinion.
Thanks to Suhardy for the Penang Hill pictures.
Cable Car’s Fare :-
Weekday: 6.30a.m – 8.00p.m (last train from top station)
Weekend: 6.30a.m – 10.00p.m (last train from top station)
Adult RM 8 per adult
Children RM 4 (age 7-12) per child
Senior Citizen RM 4 per person
Montly Pass RM 24 (for resident on the hill)
Disabled Person Free (with OKU card)
For Foreign Tourists
Adult RM 30 per adult
Children RM 15 (age 7-12) per child
I was here in 2009 with my younger sister and her friend from Boston. My first time to Penang Hill (also known as Bukit Bendera in Malay language), I was so excited to sit on the tram to Penang Hill, but end up raining cats and dogs, I didn't bring any umbrella. So what can we do, just walked around the station, take a few pictures and go down hill..What a a memorable trip to Penang Hill.. Thats the first and last I visited Penang Hill..
Penang Hill lies about 5km west of the George Towns city centre and makes for a fun afternoon outing especially when combined with a trip to the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. Running up the 821-metre high hill is a funicular railway which was built by the British between 1906 and 1923 at a cost of 1.5 million Straits Dollars, so that the British officers could journey up the hill for convalescence or simply to relax and enjoy the cooler air.
Penang Hill is the oldest hill station in Malaysia when Captain Francis Light was the first to plot a horse track up way back in 1788. During the colonial days, there was a form of segregation among the races. The most prestigious property was Bel Retiro, built in the 1800s as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. It was known as Flagstaff Hill by the British, because this was where the British flag used to be raised to signal that mail has come. Today, it's home to a colourful Hindu Temple, mosque, colonial buildings, and a hotel.
Bel Retiro is a government bungalow on Penang Hill that was built in 1789 for the governor of Penang, and remains within the exclusive use of the government. It is the most prestigious property on Penang Hill, built as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. It was the favourite retreat of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agung and Tunku Abdul Rahman whenever they visited Penang. Senior government officers built their bungalows close to Bel Retiro, on the principle of closeness is next to greatness. Although the bungalow itself is out-of-bounds to the general public, one can hike up to its gate, a beautiful brick structure with an arched entranceway.
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple, or better known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It started off in the 1800's as a small shrine to the Hindu deity Murugan - the deity associated with Thaipusam - by the Indian sepoys and sedan chair carriers, and is located at the summit within Penang Hill called Gun Hill. A trident, or Murugan Vel, was installed there by the devotees. Over the years, it was enlarged and rebuilt. The present-day incarnation of the temple is a very ornate Hindu temple in the Dravidian architectural style of South India.
Penang Hill Mosque, or Masjid Bukit Bendera, is the only mosque on Penang Hill. Erected in 1966 for the use of Muslims living and working on the hill, the mosque is located a short distance from the Penang Hill Hindu Temple.
This is a 32 pound cannon weighing 2.75 tons. It can fire a 32 pound ball propelled at around 1600ft per second. Usually situated at the lower gun deck, with its muzzle some 2 metres above the water-line, it can reach a target range of approx 1,000 feet. It is made of bronze and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries.
From the 821m-high summit at Penang Hill, you can enjoy fantastic views over George Town and soak up the cooler mountain air, just like the British did when they set up Peninsula Malaysia's first hill station here.
Penang Hill lies about 5km west of the George Towns city centre and makes for a fun afternoon outing especially when combined with a trip to the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. Running up the 821-metre high hill is a funicular railway which was built by the British between 1906 and 1923 at a cost of 1.5 million Straits Dollars, so that the British officers could journey up the hill for convalescence or simply to relax and enjoy the cooler air. The funicular railway was only open to the public on 21st October 1923.
A journey up the hill takes about half an hour, and requires changing trains mid station. This is due to the difference in steepness. The lower section, which is 907 meters in length, has a steepness of 50.5% while the higher section, with a distance of 1313 meters, has a steepness of 51.3%. The system operates on a single track with passing loop, with two carriages one going up while the other coming down. The track forks into two to accommodate the two passing carriages. The original carriages which date from 1923 were replaced with newer ones in 1977. One of the original carriages is now displayed at the Penang State Museum. Be aware that you may have to wait a while in order to get on the train.
Admission: RM4 return.
The 830 metre high Penang Hill is well worth a visit for the cooler air, and the lovely views over Penang.
To get there, you can either walk to the top, or ride the Swiss made Funicular up the steep hill, it will cost about 9rm return. Halfway up the hill, you get out and change trains.
The Funicular starts operation at 6.30am and departs half hourly.
The line was built in 1923, and takes about a half hour to reach the top, its quite a slow journey. On the way, you will see the temple, Kek Lok Si, some homes and Guest houses.
At the top, there is a Kiosk, Restaurant, Souvenir Stalls, Bellevue Hotel, a Mosque, Hindu Temple, Bellevue Hotel, Bird Park ( open 9-6pm) and a Canopy walk if you wish to do.
The views are magnificent.
You see Georgetown, the mainland and Penang Bridge.