Visit: Penang Hill, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500 Malaysia
• Penang Hill is the oldest British Hill Station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s
• The highest peak of Penang Hill stands at 833 meters (2,732ft) above sea level
• The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 meters (1.99KM) from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia
• Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 meters (258ft) long and 10feet (3.0m) wide with a steepness of 27.9degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world
Amongst others, here're some of the attractions you are able to experience when on Penang Hill:
Viewing Deck - At the apex of the hill near to the train station the focus is on enhancing visitors experience, maximizing the stunning views and resolving space needs. Both soft and hard landscaping has been extensively used to augment the hilltop forest experience. The holding area has been expanded to shade and shelter while large viewing decks and pathways with luxuriant planting have been fashioned into the slopes to create a journey of discovery. Three viewing decks with gardens at varying heights provide changing panoramic vistas while two additional platforms at the lower level allow rest under natural forest shading. The Skyway will allow stunning 360° views while fulfilling all accessibility needs.
Historical Heritage - 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 government officials and visiting dignitaries. Bel Retiro Bungalow was the favorite retreat of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agung and Tunku Abdul Rahman whenever they visit Penang. Senior government officers built their bungalows close to Bel Retiro, on the principle of closeness is next to greatness.