Penang is an island in Malaysia that has been called many other names by its inhabitants, such as Pulau Ka-Satuby by early settlers, Bīnláng Yù by the Chinese, and Pulo Pinaomby by the Portuguese. It’s also been known as the Island of Pearls or the Pearl of the Orient.
It is one of the Malaysia states which has shown a consistent growth in industry, economy, and culture and has developed into a thriving holiday destination. It is rated third in popularity for tourist visits, with almost six million a year. It was rated by Yahoo Travel as being one of the ten islands to explore before you die.
Here’s some fantastic places for you to see and amazing things to do in Penang while on holiday in the Pearl of the Orient.
Penang is very rich in art, culture, literature and history. There are many museums and galleries to visit such as the Penang museum and Art Gallery in George Town, which houses a collection of old photographs, beautiful maps, house relics, handicrafts and other artwork.
There are also many festivals throughout the year such as Chinese New Year, Hungry Ghost Festival, Qing Ming, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Haji, Deepawali, Thaipusam, Thai Pongal, Christmas, Good Friday, and Vaisakhi. They represent many different religions and cultures.
Penang is also famous and is well-known as the food capital of Malaysia. It is a mix of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Nyonya. It was rated as one of the best places in Asia for street foods. Some of the foods served include noodles, spices, and fresh seafood.
Penang’s climate is that of a tropical island, with not much rain, except during the monsoon season, which runs from April to September. The average temperature during the year varies from 23 ºC (73 ºF) to 32 ºC (88 ºF).
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