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Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres above sea level. Other than Western Hill, there are a number of peaks in the region, such as Admiral Hill (Bukit Laksamana), Tiger Hill, Flagstaff Hill (Bukit Bendera), Haliburton's Hill and Government Hill. Flagstaff Hill is 735 metres above sea level, the most developed peak. The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. Penang Hill is located in Air Itam, 6 kilometres away from George Town, Penang.
Penang Hill was the first colonial hill station developed in Peninsular Malaysia. It is also the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s. Penang Hill was used as a retreat during the British colonial period. The weather there is about five degrees cooler than Georgetown, Penang. Penang Hill is the last patch of tropical rainforest in Penang. The flora and fauna here have been protected since 1960.
Penang Hill Railway
Penang Hill is now a popular tourist destination in Penang due to its fresher climate. The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Jalan Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, Penang. This funicular railway system is the only one of its kind in Malaysia, transporting over a million visitors to the peak of Penang Hill as of 2014.
Penang Hill Funicular Train
Penang Hill funicular train service was first opened to the public on 21 October 1923 and officially opened on 1 January 1924. The funicular railway led to a sharp increase in residential development as it became a location for the building of holiday villas and bungalows by Europeans.
The current funicular trains is the 4th generation system which started its operation on 24th April 2011. The journey used to take about half an hour and the train may stop at intermediate stations upon request. However, upgrades to the system now allows non-stop rides to the top in five to ten minutes. The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 metres from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia. Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 metres long and 3 metres wide with a steepness of 27.9 degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world.
Sky Walk and Viewing Decks
With a total of 6 peaks and the highest standing impressively at 833 meters above sea level, Penang Hill features the best lookouts in Penang, offering panoramic views of the island and mainland. The Sky Walk and Viewing Decks offer a spectacular 180 degrees view of George Town with senior citizen and physically-impaired friendly features in fulfilling their accessibility needs.
Rise early and catch the first train up the Hill, we will be rewarded with a magnificient glimpse of the sunrise on clear days or feel the cotton-like mist floating in the air on colder days. As dusk sets in, watch George Town light up, providing a magical backdrop against the evening sky. At Penang Hill, it is always an unforgettable, refreshing and enriching experience. The last train down is at 11pm.
Bel Retiro Gate House
There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill, owned by private and Penang state government. Most of them are more than 100 years old. With the oldest Convalescent Bungalow dated to 1803 , Penang Hill is a good repository of bungalows featuring a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern architecture.
Bel Retiro is a government bungalow on Penang Hill. It 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 in the 1800s as a resort for high govenment officials and visiting dignitaries. 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 arch entranceway called the Bel Retiro Gate House, for a nice photo opportunity.
Penang Hill First Funicular Trains
The Penang Hill first funicular trains were wooden with defined first and second class compartments in each one. The four funicular trains were in use on the railway for over 50 years, from 1923 until they were retired in 1977 and replaced with the red funicular trains which had fans and automatic sliding doors. Each of the red Swiss-made funicular trains can hold up to 80 people, mostly standing. They were in use for over 30 years until 2010.
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, also known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It was set up in the 1800's as a small shrine to the Hindu deity Murugan by the Indian sepoys and sedan chair carriers, and is located at a mount within Penang Hill called Gun Hill.
British War Canon
The British War Canon, a 32 cylinder cannon is rich in historical value. It is made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin commonly used in 18th and 19th century artillery. Weighing 2.75 tons, the cannon was capable of firing a 32 pound cannon ball at a velocity of 1600 feet per second. This cannon was probably transported from town to hill as an ornament or to warn the presence of pirates.
The Love Lock, the world’s legacy of love, located at 823 metres above sea level on the observation deck of the Penang Hill. Launched on Valentine’s Day of 2014, the lover’s promenade hosts the promises of eternal love for couples to symbolically seal their affection with creatively-decorated padlocks. There is no place more suited to profess our love than at Love Lock Penang Hill.
Penang Hill Car Park
Penang Hill Car Park, Monday to Friday, the parking rate for first hour RM2, subsequent hour RM1. Saturday, Sunday and Penang public holiday, parking rate for first hour RM3, subsequent hour RM1. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Train operating hour from 6.30am–11.00pm daily. Ticketing counter operating hour from 6.30am–9.45pm. For two way ticket with MyKad / MyKid / MM2H / i-Kad, adult RM12 (fast lane RM40), children RM6 (fast lane RM20), senior citizen RM6. For two way ticket without MyKad / MyKid / MM2H / i-Kad, adult RM30 (fast lane RM80), children RM15 (fast lane RM40), senior citizen RM30 (fast lane RM60). Prices are subject to change without notice.
Trip Suggestion : 6 hours
Operating Hours : Daily 06:30–23:00
Admission Fee : For two way ticket with MyKad / MyKid / MM2H / i-Kad, adult RM12 (fast lane RM40), children RM6 (fast lane RM20), senior citizen RM6. For two way ticket without MyKad / MyKid / MM2H / i-Kad, adult RM30 (fast lane RM80), children RM15 (fast lane RM40), senior citizen RM30 (fast lane RM60).
Address : Bukit Bendera, Jalan Stesen, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia
- Penang Hill
- Bukit Bendera
- Penang Hill Railway
- Penang Hill Funicular Train
- Penang Hill Funicular Train Tunnel
- Sky Walk
- Viewing Decks
- Bel Retiro
- Bel Retiro Gate House
- Penang Hill First Funicular Trains
- Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan
- Love Lock
- Penang Hill Car Park
- Ayer Itam