Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hidden Beach

Man Fishing on Beach

Where would you think these beach photo's were taken in Penang? Most will say either at Tg Bungah, Batu Feringghi and so on on the Island, and not from the Main land.

Beach In Penang

Beach with view of Penang Island and Komtar

In this photo of the same beach, you can see Komtar, This beach is in Butterworth, Bagan Ajam and is a hidden treasure know only to limited people. When ever i ask, every one say there is no beach at Penang Main Land. I stumble on this beach when i was travelling along the BORR, and made a stop at the Bagan Ajam Rest Stop, You can get scenic views of Penang Island, with View as far at Tangjung Bungah to George Town. (Am Planning to stop here at night to take some night shots)

BORR Rest Stop

This beach have all the facilities in the Rest Stop, A Toilet, A surau, A hawker Center with private parking for the operators! , and there is surpose to be Restaurant , now converted to a clothing Shop......

Hawker Center

What is needed here is some more work, in cleaning up the beach, and encouraging more activities here. Water look clean but its not crystal clear but there were ppl in the water, Kitc flying, sand castle building , boast rowing, dragon boat festival etc, but the only way here is to enter the BORR from butterworth and pay the R1.20 toll. My only complain is 1. there no fast food chain 2. Only Malay food is available. Dont get me wrong, I love malay food but when you are travelling with children.......

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ayiravaisyar Sri Meenakshi Sundaraeswarar Temple

This Indian Temple is located on the road to the Penang Botanical Gardens and is not frequented by tourist. It is interesting to take a look at this place, unfortunately the gates were lock. I could not find any information on the net about this place. I am sure it has it's story to tell. :-)

Opposite this temple there is also another one Indian Temple. also lock up unfortunately.

Can anyone tell us the history of this two place?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Penang Botanic Gardens

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Penangites know The Penang Botanic Gardens, as the Monkey Gardens or Waterfall Gardens Its was established by the British from an old granite quarry site in 1884. It is located in a deep valley, at the foot of 366 feet jungle clad hills, offer peace and tranquality amidst lush green surroundings, tropical plants and the vibrant colours of Penang's flora. It is, divided by a cascading stream that meanders through a sprawling 29 hectares of prime and undulating grounds.


It’s one of its kind in Malaysia, greenery and tranquil setting makes it a favourite park. Besides, being a repository of flora & unique to the country and to the region, it serves as a "green lung" for Metropolitan Penang as it is only 8km form George Town.


Scenes & Activities in the Gardens


Various floras unknown to many are found in these gardens, Including the Unique Cannon Ball tree.

The gardens are also well-known for their bold Rhesus monkey.


I would recommend that you visit this site

before you come here to get all the information on what is available to visit.


Visiting Hour & Admission


Open from 5.00 am to 8.00 pm every day of the year.

Admission is Free at the Main Entrance.

Research & Information ; Internet at

I will let my photos do the talking.

At the Entrance, Stalls

Fruits stall



Cannon Ball Tree Flower
A close up Photo

The Stream

New Monkey's of Monkey Garden

Feeding Monkeys at the Garden

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Buppharam Buddist Temple

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Buppharam Buddist Temple

The Entrance


Note: information from various websites and personal visit, but mainly from
Photo are taken by Snapshot with a Fuji S700 compact zoom. During Wesak Day.

The Entrance


Located at No 8, Jalan Perak, George Town, Penang Island – the longest road in Penang. Actually to me it is located at Pulau Tikus.

What Here

It is Build in 1942 by a Thai Buddhist monk named Phothan Srikheaw, who was regarded as the first Chief Abbot of this temple. This relatively small but old Thai Buddhist temple complex was built in 1942 by a The founding father of the temple is honored by a gold leaf covered image, together with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Chief Abbot of this temple, located at the front portion, near to the main building of this temple. This Temple is also know as SAKAK CHAN WA and The Temple of the Lifting Buddha

The temple grounds are decorated with various mythical religious creatures, such as the traditional Thai Nagas, and deities that popular Thai religion "borrowed" from other cultures, a mixture of Hinduism and Taoism. The statue of Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu deity is placed at the main entrance. On the left, there is a beautiful shrine consecrated to the goddess Kuan Yin, a Mahayana Bodhisattva, and on the far side leading to the burial grounds, there is a small shrine to the Land God, a Taoist deity. In spite of its modest size, Wat Buppharam has arguably one of the largest temple arches in Penang.

There is a mini Buddha statue which was placed at one of the room to let visitors/worshippers seeking for spiritual guidance for personal and/or business matters. This has lead to the name The Temple of The Lifting Buddha. Here you can check if your wish will succeed by Praying and then attempting to Lift the Buddha.

Personal Comments.

As I was visiting on Wesak Day, due to the crowd and baby sitting duties I did not attempt to go into the temple. I will need to visit the temple another time. The Photos taken are of the exterior of the Temple.


What Else in the Area.

At the nearby Pulau Tikus near the Police Station there are coffee shop that offer the Unique Penang Street Food. There are 2 nearby Temples at Lorong Burma.

I actually find this temple more interesting then the near by and more popular Temples.
Prayer items on sales

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Penang Tourist Attraction

A friend ask me to group Penang Tourist attraction in to enclaves or section in order for more efficient site seeing.

Well, here it goes, the listing is a work in progress and I may have left out items, so readers out there if you do find any thing missing, or wish to promote a site by all means send me a comment.

George Town

- Fort Corvallis - Good Mamak Mee can be found here (Blog Post)
- Clock Tower, Persiran King Edward
- Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Lebuh Leith
- Goddess of Mercy Temple Pitt Street
- Majid Kapitan Keling
- Clan Floating Villages (House on stilts at the Harbour
- Buildings at Bishop Street
- India Quarter – (Nasi Kandar)
- China Town, Various Temples in area
- Nagore Shrine, Lebuh King
- Penang Islamic Museum, Lebuh Armenian
- P. Ramlee's Birthplace & Gallery, Jalan P. Ramlee
- Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Lebuh Farquhar
- Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street
- Segara Ninda – former home of Ku Din Ku Meh, Jalan Penang
- State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang
- Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base, 120 Armenian Street
- Proposed Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum, Lorong Susu
- Acheen Street Mosque, Lebuh Acheen
- The Church of the Assumption
- Han Jiang Ancestrial Temple of the Penang Teochew Association, Lebuh Chulia
- Khoo Kongsi, Lebuh Cannon
- Sri Mariamman Temple, Lebuh Queen
- St. George’s Church, Lebuh Farquhar
Food (Stand alone)
- Nasi Kandar Line Clear at Alley Way
- Char Koey Teow at Lorong Selamat
- Open air food court & kopi tiam at New Lane
- New World Park Food Court
- Chicken Rice at Chulia Street

Pulau Tikus Area
- Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Lorong Burma
- Nattukotai Temple, Jalan Air Terjun
- Wat Chayamankalaram, Lorong Burma
- Botanical Gardens, Jalan Air Terjun
- Youth Park

Ayer Itam
- Penang State Mosque, Jalan Masjid Negeri
- Kek Lok Si Temple, Ayer Itam
- Penang Hill

South Island inc Balik Pulau Area
- Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Balik Pulau (older then St Anne)
- Oeding-Erdel factory tour, Bayan Lepas
- War Museum, Batu Maung
- Snake Temple, Sungai Kluang
- The Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute, Batu Maung
- Admiral Cheng Ho Temple (Blog Post)
- Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, Bukit Jambul
- Kampung Seronok, Batu Maung
- Pulau Jerejak
- Penang Bridge

Beach / North (Tg Bungah – Batu Ferringhi)
- Toy Museum, Tanjung Bungah
- Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang
- Teluk Bahang Recreational Forest, Jalan Teluk Bahang
- Tropical Fruit Farm, Jalan Teluk Bahang
- National State Park
- Tropical Spice Garden, Jalan Teluk Bahang

Mainland (SPS, SPT)
- St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam
- Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
- Bukit Panchor Recreational Forest (blog Post, Bukit Panchor State Park)
- Penang National Park - our little green pocket
- Pulau Jerejak
- Pulau Aman
- Mengkuang Dam, Bukit Mertajam
- Penang Bird Park, Jalan Todak
- St. Anne’s Church, Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Admiral Cheng Ho Temple or Shrine / Sam Po Temple (Footprint)

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A off the beaten trek tourist spot but a well known one is the Sam Po (Footprint) temple at Batu Maung, Penang Island.

Entrance to the Temple

It is located near the Penang Airport, next to the LKIM complex (fishery management) and just beside a Chinese Seafood Restaurant at the Tiny Fishing Village of Batu Maung.

A close up of the Statue

What is located Here?

There is a footprint (in rock) that is surpose to be 33inches long, which some say is surpose to be the foot print of Admiral Cheng Ho. Others say its belongs to the Legendary Hanuman or Monkey God. There is now a nice shrine or temple built here.

The Foot Print, coins thrown in for luck.

Who is Admiral Cheng Ho?

Cheng Ho is a legendary Chinese mariner who has lead a fleet of ships exploring the seven seas during the 1400+, he is also know as Zheng He, Sam Poh, Ma Po, Temples in his name can as it is known can be found in Perak, Cameron Highlands and Malacca.

Painting at Entrace showing Cheng Ho and His Fleet

Years ago!

Years ago, my father use to bring me here to a restaurant, that have concrete figures of animals cartoon caracters, now this restaurant have close down. My memories of this place is playing next to the animal and cartoon caracters, and even putting my feet to compare it size. at that time the foot print was right at the sea side.

A Bell in the Temple

The current temple

Is upgraded in 2003 to 2005, with a beautiful gate way entrance, the temple it self and the foot print is turn in to a well within the temple, beautiful manicure garden and a delighful pool full of carps.

View of the Temple

Other Activities

There are also two other tourist spots, the Penang War Museum and the Aquarium. In the are. There is a (Chinese) seafood restaurant here which is open of lunch and dinner.

Just in front of the Temple

For more information on Cheng Ho visit here.