Kuan Yin Teng, or Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, is one of the oldest temple ever built in Penang. It is located along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, formerly Pitt Street. The temple honours Kuan Yin, a devout Buddhist who was said to have attained the coveted state of Nirvana but had chosen, instead to remain on earth in order to provide guidance and help to those who are themselves striving to reach Nirvana.
The Kuan Yin Teng offers the best experience of seeing a Taoist temple in action. It is one of the busiest temples within the Inner City of George Town. There are beautiful architectures like the dragon-entwined pillars, carved from a type of green stone, which support the temple's high roof, and the statue of Kuan Yin, located in an inner chamber.
I am not too sure if non-Muslims are allowed in the mosque grounds.
Below are some info of the Kapitan Keling Mosque:
The Kapitan Keling Mosque is Penang’s first-ever mosque built in the 19th century. This is the largest historic mosque in George Town, founded around 1800. A monumental structure surrounded by low walls and crowned with Moghul-style copper domes, the mosque was named after the head of the Indian Muslim community back then, Cauder Maydin Merican. It was originally built as a rectangular building with verandahs and a hipped roof and had been enlarged several times. British architects commissioned by the Muslim and Hindu Endowments Board gave the mosque its British Moghul Revival appearance in 1916.
Fort Cornwallis is an old star-shaped fort located on the northeastern coast of Penang, Malaysia. It is named after Charles Cornwallis, the Governor General of India. Fort Cornwallis is one of the most well-known & most visited landmarks in Penang.
This historical attraction now houses a tourist information kiosk, a café, and open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery, a souvenir centre and tour guides to show visitors around and provide them with a peek into the fortress’ history. The fortress’ 10-feet walls are laid out in the shape of a star, and within those walls, some of the original structures built over a century ago can still be seen – a chapel, some prison cells, ammunition storage area, a harbour light, the original flagstaff and some old bronze cannons, which includes the infamous 17th-century Dutch cannon.
One of the most popular tourist spot in Penang, where tourists are having the scenic view the entire Penang Island from the peak of Penang Hill. The weather there is much cooler than in the city, it is around 3 degree cooler than the places near the coast. The most convenient way up to the peak through Penang Hill Railway. The funicular at the railway station takes you to the top and it will cost you RM4.50 for one way.
Some of the activities that are available at The Penang Hills will be:
1. Visiting an Indian Temple and Mosque which is built side by side with no racial conflict and tension.
2. Canopy Walk, which is a suspension bridge hanging over the treetops. There is no entrance charge and it is opened seven days a week. You need to walk up the hill if you want to see it.
3. Visiting a bird sanctuary at the Bellevue Hotel grounds.
4. Mouth watering delicacies from the Bellevue hotel that is located at the hilltop. The price is rather competitive. It also provides room in case you'll like to stay for a night.
5.Experience the Flora of Penang Hills. It house some of the interesting plant such as Dipterocarp forest, parasitic plant, Exorhopalia Ruficeps, Hazel Maingaya Malayana...
I will never miss to visit Gurney Drive evey time i am in Penang. I like the varieties of local foods here. This seaside promenade was named in honour of Sir Henry Lovell Goldsworthy Gurney, the former British High Commissioner. Gurney Drive is perhaps one of the most well-known tourist attraction in Penang. It is also popular throughout Malaysia as the place to go to enjoy the best of Penang local food. Penang has been acknowledged as the home to best street food in Asia. Gurney drive having some of the most modern skyscrapers in Penang, one of them is the Gurney Plaza. Measuring 858,000sqft, this sprawling lifestyle mall caters to an upmarket customer base, offering everything you could think of under one roof from great dining options to the latest blockbusters.
Built in 1845, this temple was built in accordance to the nuances of Thai religious architecture. It's open daily and the admission is free. Every year, this temple celebrates Songkran , also known as the Thai New Year. An important element of the New Year would be the water festival, where devotees and tourists alike are drenched in water as an act of wishing good luck on this auspicious day.