A delightful surprise in Seberang Jaya is that next to the Penang Bird Park, there is a zone allocated for religious buildings. See attached 5 photos of the major religions.
You can see side-by-side, a Hindu Temple, Chinese Temple, Buddhist Temple, a Christian Center, Thai Buddhist temple and a Harekrishna building. The Mosque is located at a different location further down the road at near Sunway Carnival Plaza.
It reminds me of the Lebuh Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street) in George Town in Penang Island where there is a Indian Muslim Mosque, Hindu Temple, Chinese Temple, Anglican Church and Roman Catholic Church in a row.
For most Penangites coming home after a long time will find that the all main centers of Imimigration Office, Vehicle and Driver Licensing, Business Linceses, etc have moved from George Town in Penang Island to Seberang Jaya.
Although there are still branches operating in George Town for most transactions. For some which require checking of records and special or important transactions especially replacement of loss, it can only be done at the main centers in Seberang Jaya.
So you may want to call up first to make sure whether your transactions can be done in Penang Island or you have to cross the bridge to Seberang Jaya.
The Penang State Library (PERBADANAN PERPUSTAKAAN AWAM PULAU PINANG ) is relocated at Seberang Jaya.. The old library at Dewan Sri Pulau Pinang near the Esplanade in George Town, Penang Island has been closed.
Membership is only RM2 yearly. There is a children's library as well as magazines, CD section and internet access at an hourly rate. There is a small section of Malay and Chinese books. Most books are in English.
Parking is free. Books borrowed here can be returned at the different State cyber or mobile libraries in Penang Island. Convenient for residents on Penang Mainland but for those living in Penang Island, you have to pay a toll bridge each time to visit the library.
Close on Mondays and Tuesdays and public holidays. Do call ahead if unsure as there are extended closure when there is a public holiday.
Taman Tunku is a popular destination for the locals for jogging and exercise along a tree lined canal.
It is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahmad Syed Putra.
There is a small Japanese Garden at the entrance and a children playground at the far left end.
Parking is free. Adjacent is the Seberang Jaya landmark mosque and a public swimming pool.
There is no zoo in Penang and so Penang Bird Park is the closest to see local bird as well foreign bird species.
It is a small bird park with a flat walking path with various bird cages, a small pond and a aviary enclosure. There is no shade, so wear a hat or bring an umbrella.
Admission is RM10 for local and double for foreign tourists. Additional charges for camera and video.
There is an interesting gift shop where you can feathers, whistles of bird calls and all kinds of bird themed souvenir.