If you love cultural attractions, Penang would surely delight you. This Malaysian state is an interesting mix of several eastern cultures and has a cosmopolitan feel to it. It is one of the major factors that attract more than 8 million tourists in recent times, who arrive in this part of Malaysia to witness its cultural extravaganza. The capital city, George Town, has been listed as one of the top travel destinations in Asia by Forbes, Time, Lonely Planet, and other leading publications. Your time spent in this fascinating destination would give you the chance to savour its diverse offerings:
There are temples of different faiths in this Malaysian state and every single one of them have been built with an exceptional beauty. Among them is Kek Lok Si, which was built in the late-19th century by incorporating the Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architectural styles. When you're in the Queen Street during your penang holidays, don't forget to visit the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. This Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mahamariamman has a tower or 'gopuram', which is decorated with floral designs and sculptures of various deities. Also worth visiting is the Wat Chaiyamangalaram Temple. This Buddhist temple has a Sleeping Buddha that has a total length of 33 metres.
Whether you're looking for some relaxation or wanting to try some adventurous activities, you'll have a wonderful time on the beaches of Penang. The town of Batu Ferringhi is not only popular for its seaside resorts and hotels but also for its attractive sandy beaches. Upon taking a half an hour drive from George Town, you can get to the beach of the Tanjung Bungah suburb. You can enjoy Blue Whale sighting and a few other exciting activities during your visit to this beach. Located in Penang National Park is Teluk Kampi Beach, a scenic and serene beach that offers you some beautiful views of its bay.
Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian public artist, was commissioned by the Penang Municipal Council in the year 2012 for creating a street art project in the capital city, George Town. The project was called 'Mirrors George Town' and involved painting many large-scale murals in different parts of the old town. He has done a brilliant job in creating the wall paintings. When you look at the street art, you'll feel the energy and enthusiasm of the locals that live in the town. Over the years, they've continued to fascinate the tourists and locals alike.
You'll definitely feel grateful to be in Penang if you're craving for some delectable treats to pamper your taste buds. After all, you'll find a wide range of dishes from the Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, and other cuisines on the menus of the local restaurants. One of the most popular dishes is the Laksa, which can have many different versions. The most famous is Assam Laksa, which got the 7th spot on the CNN's list of World's 50 Best Food. It is a fish soup, which is prepared using flaked fish, vermicelli noodles, and many other ingredients. Some of the other dishes worth savouring are Char Koay Teow, Hokkien Mee, and Roti Canai.
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